I-26 in Madison County Courtesy: NCDOT
SHELBY, N.C. -- Road crews are hard at work clearing snow and icy patches along roads in mountain communities across the western part of the state.
On Friday, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said drivers need to slow down and use caution while traveling through these areas. Road crews plan to continue clearing roads through Friday afternoon and have them treated by the evening. Workers will work around the clock including overnight to treat icy spots and any refreezing that occurs. Road crews will also treat roads with salt on Saturday.
NCDOT Plans For Division 11 (Yadkin, Surry, Wilkes, Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, Caldwell, and Avery counties):
Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, and Watauga are the only counties to see significant snow accumulation. Crews are clearing about 1-3 inches of snow in each county. However colder temperatures will decrease the effectiveness of salt treatments.
Division 12 (Alexander, Iredell, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Cleveland counties):
Road crews are spreading some salt and brine along major bridges, overpasses, and interchanges in Alexander, Iredell, Catawba, and Lincoln counties.
Division 13 (Burke, McDowell, Rutherford, Buncombe, Madison, Yancey, and Mitchell counties):
Primary routes in Madison and Yancey counties mostly clear. All secondary routes are completely covered with snow and ice. A crew will working Friday night to help clear and treat roads.
Division 14 (Haywood, Jackson, Henderson, Polk, Transylvania, Swain, Macon, Clay, Cherokee, and Graham counties):
Snow and ice reported in Cherokee, Clay, Macon, Graham, Swain, Jackson, Haywood, Henderson counties with some getting up to five inches of snow.
Snow fell Friday morning along Interstate 40 in Haywood County near the Tennessee border. Traffic is slowed in the area. Drivers have reported icy spots along the interstate and around interstate ramps.