As winter weather moves into western North Carolina, N.C. Department of Transportation crews are already working to keep roads safe for motorists traveling through the region. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until midnight tonight for mountain counties along the Tennessee border. Additional mountain counties could see snowfall this afternoon and tonight as the system moves across the region.
As early as yesterday, NCDOT crews throughout the mountains readied their equipment, including snow plows and spreaders, to begin preparing for any adverse weather. Because the precipitation was forecast to begin as rain, most counties chose not to pre-treat roads with salt brine. Any moisture dilutes the solution and washes it off the road.