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Come What May, We're Prepared in The Triad

Greensboro - Rockingham, Caswell, Alamance, Orange and Guilford county crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation are gearing up for the brunt of the wintry mix that's slated to hit the Triad later this evening. Stokes, Forsyth, Davie, Davidson and Rowan county crews will be on stand-by later this evening and overnight.

Forecasters anticipate that rain will to transition to snow, sleet, and freezing rain, which is likely to have an impact on the afternoon and evening commutes.

NCDOT Crews will apply salt when accumulation begins on bridges and roadways. Accumulation of less than one half-inch is expected so plowing will not be necessary.

Because of low temperatures overnight, motorists need to remain cautious on the roads, as there will be patches of ice through the morning commute. If you do venture out, allow for extra time to reach your destination, and keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you.

NCDOT offers these other safety tips for driving in icy conditions:

Approach bridges and overpasses with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on a bridge unless necessary.

If you begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. Do not apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of the car.

Come to a complete stop or yield the right of way when approaching an intersection in case any vehicles coming from other directions lose control of their vehicles while trying to stop.

If you have a cellular phone, take it with you. You can contact the Highway Patrol statewide by calling *HP (*47) or call law enforcement by dialing 911. But please don't call 911 to check on road conditions. That line must be kept open for emergencies.

For real-time travel information at any time, visit the travel section of the NCDOT website, call 511, or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.

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4/16/2018 4:30 PM

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