Editor's Note: NCDOT will be available to discuss winter weather preparations for its Divisions 10 and 12, which include the Charlotte region and the Foothills. Media interested in an on-camera interview should be at 7605 District Drive in Charlotte at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Please note that this will be the only time on-camera interviews regarding winter weather preparations are available today, unless the forecast or NCDOT storm response changes substantially.
Charlotte - With the possibility of snow and ice in the forecast, N.C. Department of Transportation crews have begun anti-icing treatments on some of the region's primary routes.
Today, NCDOT staff in Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties, will place brine on the division's primary and "bare pavement" routes. This includes interstates, N.C. and U.S. routes and other highly traveled roads necessary for snow and ice removal.
Brine is a 23 percent salt-and-water solution that helps prevent ice from bonding to the pavement.
In Division 10, which includes Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties, the current forecast doesn't necessitate brining operations. NCDOT crews in both Division 10 and 12 will continue to monitor the forecast and will change or update winter weather response as needed.
Additional information, including details about severe weather and safety tips for motorists, is available on NCDOT's website.
For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.