Raleigh - N.C. Department of Transportation crews in Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties are ready to deal with the upcoming round of winter weather. With most of North Carolina looking at the possibility of snow and ice later this week, crews have equipment and supplies ready to go.
Earlier this week, maintenance crews in these counties began anti-icing operations, spreading brine along interstates and major routes such as I-95, I-40, U.S. 64 and U.S. 264. Crews are continuing to brine primary routes today. Brine is a 23 percent salt-and-water solution that helps prevent ice from bonding to the pavement.
Crews, supplies and equipment will be on standby and ready to respond as the storm moves into the area. Trucks are also being prepared to spread additional salt and sand and to plow snow.
Learn more about how NCDOT prepares for winter weather.
Get tips to keep you safe, if you have to be on the roads.
NCDOT reminds drivers that if they don't have to go out in winter weather, 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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