NCDOT Crews Work to Clear Roads in Northwestern NC

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N.C. Department of Transportation crews in the northwestern part of the state are clearing primary routes today after receiving as much as a foot of snow throughout the division Wednesday.

Snowfall Wednesday and overnight ranged from 8-12 inches in Division 11, which includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Additional snow fell across the division this morning.

NCDOT crews worked overnight to clear interstates and primary roads in the division. They will continue to clear those roads today and begin to clear some paved secondary roads. Crews will continue to work overnight until roads are clear of snow and ice.

Although minimal issues with debris have been reported across Division 11, crews are prepared to respond to any debris-removal needs. They’ve prepared equipment, such as chain saws, and are lining up contractors to assist with clearing downed trees from the roadways.

Below-freezing temperatures mean it’s possible for icy patches to form on the road. Motorists are still strongly encouraged to avoid travel, if possible.

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 and bookmark it to save for future use.

You can also get emergency information from the N.C. Department of Public Safety at http://readync.org, and download the ReadyNC app to help you prepare for everything from road conditions to severe storms on a daily basis. It is available for free in the AppStore for iPhones and Google Play for Android devices.

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