Triad Crews Prepare For Snow And Ice

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Snow falling in Pinnacle Wednesday night.
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  • Winston-Salem, NC-- WFMY News 2 traveled across the Triad Wednesday and saw snow, rain, sunshine, and a mix of it all.

    Will it be just rain? Or will we really get snow? Or even ice?

    When should we salt? Where should we go?

    All questions road workers were asking today.

    WFMY News 2 saw snow Wednesday around 6 p.m. in Pinnacle. Flakes were big and plentiful but it wasn't sticking. The flakes turned wet when they hit the car or the ground.

    Our crew traveled through Stokes and Forsyth counties. In some areas, the crew only saw rain.  Other places were completely dry, creating a patchy and unpredictable weather event.

    "We wait and see how the precipitation starts. We keep an eye on temperatures. We have gauges, we can actually measure the asphalt surface," said Ryan Newcomb with the Department of Transportation in Winston-Salem.

    They use special tools to measure the asphalt because sometimes the road isn't always as cold as the air. This helps crews better determine when they need to lay down salt.

    Winston-Salem prepared five trucks with salt and spreaders. Crews are in place around the city to start putting down salt if necessary.

    In Greensboro, a skeleton crew will report to work at about midnight to monitor the weather. At most, road crews in Greensboro are expecting some spotty ice on bridges and overpasses.

    The cities rely on you to help them get to problem spots.

    In Greensboro, they activated their "ice hotline." Call 373-2076 to report icy spots. In Winston-Salem, call their City link number at 727-8000.

    Follow @LizCrawfordWFMY on twitter and the #GotSNow for updates.

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