Raleigh - N.C. Department of Transportation crews are ready to deal with this round of winter weather in Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett and Robeson counties. With parts of North Carolina looking at the possibility of ice or snow Wednesday afternoon and evening, crews have equipment and supplies ready to go.
Yesterday, maintenance crews started anti-icing operations, spreading brine along major routes such as Interstate 95 in Cumberland and Harnett counties. In Harnett County alone on Tuesday, workers spread 15,000 gallons of brine and were prepared to spread an additional 5,000 more today. In Robeson County, crews today are spraying primary routes across the county before the weather moves into the area.
Crews in Bladen and Columbus counties are standing by and ready to go although most of the winter precipitation is expected to the north.
Brine is a 23 percent salt-and-water solution that helps prevent ice from bonding to the pavement. Crews, equipment and supplies, such as brine, are on standby. Trucks are also being prepared to spread additional salt and sand and to plow snow.
The biggest traffic impact from the weather is expected to be tonight during the evening commute, when snow could accumulate on some roadways (especially bridges and overpasses). A dusting to less than a half-inch of snow accumulation is possible in areas. However, roads are cold, so despite the light nature of the snow, hazardous travel impacts could still quickly develop.
Because of the potentially dangerous conditions of roadways, especially tonight and into Thursday, NCDOT reminds drivers that if they don't have to go out, it will be safer to stay home until roadway conditions improve.
NCDOT offers the following driving tips:
- Reduce speed and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles in case either vehicle goes into a skid.
- Plan for significant additional travel time to reach your destination.
- Approach bridges and overpasses with extreme caution, and, unless necessary, do not apply your brakes while on a bridge or ramp.
- 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 your vehicle.
- 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 also trying to stop.
- If you have a cellphone, 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 is for emergencies only.
For more tips on driving in winter weather, visit NCDOT's website.
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