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NCDOT: Clean-up ahead of schedule



RALEIGH, NC (NCDOT) -- NC Department of Transportation crews were able to make more progress than anticipated in cleaning up the Christmas Day storm over most of North Carolina, although fresh snowfall in the western and northeastern counties complicated cleanup in those areas.

Snow fell over the weekend in all 100 counties in North Carolina, with some counties seeing only a trace while others received more than 18 inches. NCDOT called in all its work crews from their Christmas holidays to carry out the cleanup, supplemented by private contractors in most parts of the state.

Most roads throughout the state will be cleared by Tuesday afternoon, but cleanup will extend into some areas into Wednesday and, in remote mountain counties, late in the week.

Western counties were hit with up to five additional inches late Sunday, adding to the heavy snowfall already on the ground and causing crews to replow routes they already had cleared. Some northeastern counties received as much as 10 to 15 inches late Sunday.

Major interstates in most places are riding at normal speeds; however some require drivers to travel slower than the posted speed limit. People still need to be cautious and look out for patches of black ice Tuesday morning and, for the next couple of days, icy spots especially in shady areas.

NCDOT encourages motorists to "know before they go" about road conditions by calling 511, the state's toll-free travel information line, or visiting the department's Traveler Information Management System. Citizens can also get updates on our winter weather response by following NCDOT on Twitter.

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