RALEIGH — Snow fell across the state today and roads have the potential to become icy overnight as temperatures drop. The N.C. Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extreme caution if they have to drive tonight and Sunday morning. Bridges and overpasses typically freeze first and can be especially hazardous.
Crews have been dispatched in areas more heavily hit with snow, while other crews will be dispatched later this evening. They will be monitoring road conditions and will treat trouble spots with a sand and salt mixture as needed.
If you must drive on icy roads, remember these tips:
· Slow down;
· Bridges and overpasses freeze first;
· Put down the cell phone and focus on the road;
· Use only gentle pressure on both the accelerator and the brakes to avoid skidding; and
· Give other motorists plenty of room in case you or other drivers begin to slide.
Check conditions before you go. Motorists can access real-time information about changing road conditions across the state in a number of ways:
- Call 511, the department’s toll-free travel information line;
- Visit NCDOT’s travel webpage at http://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/default.aspx to see live traffic camera images and access road conditions by region, route or county;
- Use NCDOT Mobile, the mobile version of the department’s website, to know before you go about road conditions. Just type “m.ncdot.gov” into your smartphone’s browser;
- “Like” NCDOT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NCDOT1; and
- Follow one of NCDOT’s many Twitter feeds, which are listed at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter/.
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