THIS INFORMATION FROM A NEWS RELEASE SENT TO THE WWAY NEWSCHANNEL 3 NEWSROOM
RALEIGH, NC (NCDOT) -– For most residents, the Christmas snow that blanketed all 100 counties transformed North Carolina into a Winter Wonderland. For NC Department of Transportation crews, it turned the state into a major work zone.
Called back early from their holiday as up to 18 inches of snow fell across the state, workers have been plowing and salting roads around the clock. Today, all primary and most secondary roads in the state’s 100 counties are clear. Conditions are improving as temperature rise; however, motorists are still urged to use caution because of icy patches.
Below is a regional breakdown of NCDOT winter weather response efforts:
* Primary roads are clear from Surry and Yadkin counties to Ashe and Avery counties except for a few isolated locations where winds caused drifting to occur overnight. Paved and secondary roads should be cleared by this afternoon. Crews are currently working on unpaved roads in the non-mountain counties and plan to address mountain counties later today.
* Except for a few icy spots, interstate and primary roads are clear from Rutherford and Mitchell counties to Buncombe and Madison counties. Most of the secondary roads in this region should be clear by the end of the day, though refreezing could be an issue.
* In the region bounded by Haywood, Polk and Cherokee counties, primary roads have been plowed though some icy patches persist. About 95 percent of the secondary roads should be plowed by day’s end. I-26 is clear in Henderson and Polk counties. I-40 in Haywood County has clear outside lanes and icy patches on the inside lanes.
Greater Charlotte Area
* From Iredell County to Cleveland County, all interstates and primary roads are clear. Secondary roads are also clear; crews are addressing a few isolated icy patches.
* In the Charlotte metro area, roads are clear with no reports of icing.
* All primary and major secondary roads are clear in the broad swath of the central part of the state from Stokes and Caswell counties in the north to Union and Scotland counties in the south. Today, some crews are focusing on icy spots on secondary roads, and subdivisions and snow on unpaved roads.
* All major and secondary roads are clear from Person County to Wake and Durham counties. Motorists will encounter icy spots, especially on secondary roads, throughout the day. Crews will continue to address slick spots.
* Most of the roads along the northern I-95 corridor are clear, though crews are continuing to address isolated sections of secondary roads that are shady and prone to icing. Crews in Nash and Wilson counties are working on secondary roads, and expect to have them cleared by Wednesday.
East of I-95
* All primary roads in coastal North Carolina are clear at this time, though icy spots persist. By Tuesday morning there were still many roads in Beaufort and Pitt counties partially covered in snow. Almost all of these roads were passable, but at well below the posted speed limits. Crews are working on secondary roads throughout the region and expect to have almost all of them cleared by nightfall.