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Roads in NC Foothills Prepared for Possible Winter Weather

Shelby -More than 40,000 gallons of brine have been applied to roads in the foothills, and N.C. Department of Transportation crews are ready to begin removing snow and ice when needed. Some crews from the foothills region will travel to eastern North Carolina today to provide support for de-icing operations in that region.

Crews began distributing brine Monday throughout NCDOT's Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties. Throughout the division, crews are preparing snow- and ice-clearing equipment so it's ready if the latest round of winter weather brings any accumulation to the foothills.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 9 a.m. Wednesday. Snow is expected to become heavier this afternoon, with up to two inches of accumulation expected.

Because temperatures are expected to dip below freezing, icy patches could form along roads. Motorists are asked to slow down, be on the lookout for NCDOT vehicles along the highway and use caution when traveling through the region.

Travelers are asked NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM

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