Raleigh - N.C. Department of Transportation crews in Randolph, Chatham, Lee, Moore, Hoke, Montgomery, Richmond and Scotland counties are ready and bracing for what's to come with this next round of winter weather. With parts of the area looking at the possibility of snow, sleet or ice Friday early morning and into the weekend, crews have equipment and supplies ready to go.
Today, maintenance crews in Randolph, Chatham, Lee, Moore, Hoke, Montgomery and Richmond counties continued anti-icing operations, spreading brine along interstate and primary routes like U.S. 64 and U.S. 1. Throughout the counties, salt levels are at capacity, chainsaws are gassed up in case of downed trees and crews are on standby and prepared for any overnight work.
Crews and equipment in Scotland County are also on standby and ready to go, although most of the ice and freezing rain 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.
As of Thursday morning latest model data suggests snow and sleet at the onset late Thursday night, changing to freezing rain Friday, then all rain across southern and southeastern portions of North Carolina on Friday afternoon.
Because of the potentially dangerous conditions of roadways, especially late Thursday night and throughout the weekend, 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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