NCDOT Crews Monitoring Winter Weather In Mountains

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Rain has already started falling in parts of North Carolina’s eastern mountains region, and N.C. Department of Transportation crews are prepared should that rain turn into snow.

The National Weather Service is forecasting little-to-no accumulation for NCDOT’s Division 11, which includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Any precipitation expected for Division 11 should be light and will likely start as rain, so there are no plans for brine applications.

Precipitation in the division’s mountain counties, however, will likely turn from rain to snow. NCDOT crews are prepared if the forecast changes and significant accumulation develops.

Division 11 had snow removal operations this weekend in Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties, but Sunday’s warm temperatures helped to melt some ice and snow along roads. The division’s non-mountain county crews will be on standby in case they are needed for snow or ice removal later tonight.

Travelers are asked NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.

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