April 4 Conditions

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As of 12noon there have been no reported travel issues due to the sleet, freezing rain and snow so far.

Below are radar screen shots from through out the morning from the WataugaRoads.com Radar page

11:46am
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9:39am
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8:16am
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8:15am
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Special Statement from 4/4/2013 11:57 AM to 2:00 PM EDT for Wilkes County: POCKETS OF SLEET EXPECTED INTO EARLY AFTERNOON. http://1.usa.gov/10zaipp

Special Statement from 4/4/2013 11:57 AM to 2:00 PM EDT for Ashe County: LIGHT WINTRY MIX THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON. http://1.usa.gov/10zak0u

12:08pm – reports coming in of big snow flakes in Blowing Rock and Foscoe, sleet/freezing rain intensity has increased in Valle Crucis

Some ice showing up on the King Street camera lens –http://wataugaroads.com/cams/

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12:57pm – Accident US HWY 321 S just out side Blowing Rock on the Boone Side.  Police responding.

Rock crusher hill is white and extra slick per report coming in at 1:02pm

Accident on 194 N past Hardin Park School. LEO heading that way. – 1:04pm

1:11pm – road blocked near Pinnacle Drive in Boone due to an accident. 1:16pm – US HWY 421 N just outside of Boone is blocked, Accident with injuries. Roadway Blocked near Pinnacle Drive.

1:19pm – both lanes of 194 N near Shady Creek Lane are shut down due to a wreck. 1:57pm – road is back open

1:25pm if you don’t have to drive best advice is to stay off the roads, numerous accidents just in the last 30-40mins.

1:36pm – wreck at 221/421 intersection in Deep Gap, roll over wreck, expect delays. 1:39pm CORRECTION 421 roll over wreck is near Brownwood Road, expect delays

1:41pm – wreck on 105 near the old high school entrance. 1:51pm – cars involved are out of the roadway

RT @wataugacommcent: Car overturned in median near Brownwood Rd on US HWY 421 S.  Emergency vehicles responding.

1:52pm – wreck on 105 south near the old cabooses/ Shull Mill’s entrance. Update from Watauga dispatch – Accident on NC HWY 105 S between 2 entrances to Shulls Mill Rd. With injuries. Emergency units responding. 2:17pm – wreck cleared

 

2:09pm – http://wataugaroads.com/radar/

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2:11pm -  accident calls have decreased per scanner communications but be aware of slick conditions through out the afternoon and evening.

2:21pm -  most if not all wreck sites from 1pm til now have been cleared and roads are back open. Continue to use extreme caution as we continue to get heavy sleet, freezing rain 

 

In Vilas on top of Laurel Branch. Photo: JoAnn Proffitt

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Photo: Jessica Vandett

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Winter Weather Advisory for Watauga and Ashe extended to 8pm tonight

3:45pm -  wreck between the Parkway and the Hess on 321 near Blowing Rock, possible delays

The WCNC radar feed shot at http://wataugaroads.com/radar/ – 3:38pm

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Snow in Boone – 4pm – http://wataugaroads.com/cams/

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Boone 4:05pm – http://wataugaroads.com/cams/

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SPSRNK from 4/4/2013 4:05 PM to 5:15 PM EDT for Wilkes County, Ashe County, Watauga County.1.usa.gov/XghPKG

4pm via an email that came in from Paul Higgins:

“I just drove from Coffey Gap (221S) through Blowing Rock to Boone along 321.
321 is fine – bit wet in places.  221S from Blowing Rock to Coffye Gap/Linville is slippy in places – there was a crash where an SUV had slid into the 55mph sign on the outskirts of BR.  After Westglow you need to be careful but passible…”

Marie Weaver sums up the feeling for many folks today

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All the purple is something we have not seen a lot of this winter, that’s a mix – http://wataugaroads.com/radar/

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4:43pm – wreck 105 south near Mill Ridge, possible delays

#RNK Sugar Grove [Watauga Co, NC] public reports SNOW of E0.3 INCH at 04:43 PM EDTbit.ly/14Hzf7p?RNK

 

5:25pm – wreck 321 north near Antioch Baptist Church, expect delays. Accident US HWY 321 N near Rominger RD, past Antioch Church. Emergency units responding.

5:37pm – another wreck just past the first wreck at 321 north near Antioch Baptist Church

Boone [Watauga Co, NC] dept of highways reports FREEZING RAIN of E0.10 INCH at 05:36 PM EDT bit.ly/14HFBUg?RNK

5:49pm via email from Abby Ward:

“Poplar Grove road may look like it is safe to drive but I high suggest taking main roads if trying to access Appalachian’s campus. While driving today  around 25 mph my car lost control and I went off the road. No one was injured but it could have easily resulted in a serious car accident, especially with ditches/streams so close to the road.

Remember that just because it looks "wet" doesn’t mean it is safe to drive! Take caution!”

 

Clearing out a little more – http://wataugaroads.com/radar/ 6:14pm

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