Jan. 21, 2014. N.C. Department of Transportation crews have already started preparing for possible snow and ice accumulation in Division 11, which includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory across the North Carolina High Country. Other parts of Division 11 are also expected to receive light snow throughout the afternoon and tonight.
When Division 11 crews arrived to work this morning, they began readying snow plows and spreaders for any snow clearing needed today. Interstates and overpasses in Yadkin, Wilkes and Surry counties are being pre-treated with brine, a salt and water solution that is 23 percent salt and keeps the ice from bonding to the road.
The division’s non-mountain counties sent crews home at 11 a.m. today and will have them return at 8 p.m. to treat roads, as needed. In the division’s mountain counties, some salt and sand remain on the roads from recent NCDOT treatment, and that will still be effective during today’s weather event.
Motorists are encouraged to slow down and use caution when traveling through the region, since icy patches are possibly along the road. NCDOT crews will treat any problem areas throughout Division 11 with salt and sand.
Travelers are asked NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls.