***All posted reports are from either the facebook or twitter pages, text/emails/calls received and police scanner. Due to the shear volume of information time may not allow credit as to where each report came from***
1:25pm- report that the top of Howard's Creek road is very slick
11:36am – Most of the main routes are ok by this point as the snow starts to taper off. Secondary roads may still be snow covered and slick
11:34am – Just drove from Hound Ears to Blowing Rock. Uneventful. DOT has done a good job clearing the roads. Just take it slow and have plenty of windshield wiper fluid on Blowing Rock Road to remove the grime from your windshield that is coming up from the road!
10:54am – the drive to hickory/lenior is completely fine, all the roads are clear and once you get past blowing rock 321 is dry, we just got to hickory and its sunny and dry
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10:52am – 194 from Todd to Boone still reported snow covered
UPDATED 10:41am – Edmisten Road is back open 10:20am- Edmisten Road heading to App Ski Mtn is completely blocked by Sysco truck. No traffic moving.
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9am – Roads in town on 105 from Ingles-ish in good shape. Upper Poplar Grove good, but slow too
8:44am – from facebook – Just came from Lenoir via 321. Roads are passable but are super slicking starting at Shoppes on the Parkway
Reports between 8:15am-8:30am:
421 from vilas to town has 2 tire tracks with some pavement visible – blowing snow can cause mini-white outs. Take it easy
105 from Linville is drivable. just plan for the usual extra time
Fleetwood to Boone…not too bad for a 4×4
105 up rock crusher hill…ok but drive slow and steady
Just came in from West Jefferson to Boone….221 is fine…..but 421 is covered….slow is best
321 from Blowing Rock at the Parkway bridge to Boone is covered and slushy. Not impassable, but slippery for sure. Lots of folks are pushing their limits, though, so it won't be long until somebody wrecks.
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8:22am- Dewitt Barnett rd in Valle Crucis is still completely covered only a couple cars have been on it and It probably won't be scraped until later
8:20am from Facebook- Same old story on Niley Cook Road. Three 4 WD trucks / SUV's gave it up on upper curve (1095) above hair pin curve. It's like a skating rink with the frozen rain under a snow cover.
8:12- Ashe 221 great until Watauga line. 421 throughout King Street, snow covered.
8am from Facebook – 321 passable from Blowing Rock to Boone. Just take it slow
7:33am- from Facebook “A bit of a late report and things might be better by now. At 6:45am Hwy 421 was still snow packed. Intersection at Bamboo very slick. I skipped Wilson's Ridge but was told by a co-worker it was passable with 4WD. Bamboo to WR was slick. After WR to Mt. Vernon Church it was clear. Deerfield back to Bamboo mostly clear but icy spots. Whiteout at the airport. Use caution. Drive slow. Be safe.”
7:25am – reports are a little slow coming in, most travelers are waiting til later to get out
6:51am – facebook report of 3.5 inches of snow on H.C.R (Howard's Creek Rd).
6:37am – Roads clear on 321 from Lenoir until Blue Ridge Parkway. .take it slow especially by Tweetsie Railroad. Bridge in front of Lowes hardware and Bk is slick!
5:55am – Reports that all main roads are snow covered and slick
5:334am – 421 from TN line to 105 bypass is snow covered and slick. Use caution!
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1am report – Near white out conditions limited visibility from Food Lion to Deep Gap FD. Some patches of pavement showing but mostly snow covered. Much less excitement on 221 to Ashe County-roads passable and visibility much better.
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