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UPDATED @ 4:36 p.m. - Authorities Say Stay Off Roadways PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:33

12:32 p.m. - The Avery County Sheriff’s Office said roadways are extremely dangerous, as the snowfall has become very heavy over the past few hours.


When asked about specific areas that are especially treacherous, a spokesperson said the entire county is in bad shape.

Roadways in Watauga County are also covered and becoming very slick.


The Boone Police Department is asking residents to stay off the roadways if at all possible.  If you must drive, make sure to have your headlights on and keep plenty of following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.


A spokesperson with the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office said as of 12:30 p.m., most roadways in Ashe are clear.



1:12 p.m. Update:

Jackknifed tractor trailer on 105 just past New River Building Supply.

School bus wreck on Bamboo 6,000 block.  Bus is upright.  No bus number.  Students are on the bus.

Several school buses waiting on chains to finish their routes.

Boone Mountain (Highway 421 toward Vilas) blocked off because of wrecks.

Cisco Food Service Truck clipped power pole at the entrance to App Ski Mtn blocked the entrance until Power company can make repairs.



1:33 p.m. Update:

Highway 321 is blocked in Blowing Rock because of a tractor-trailer wreck at the Old Valley View Motel.

Bus on Bamboo Road is back on the roadway.

Several blockages on Highway 421 North and Highway 194 North.

Ashe County roads are very slick and snowcovered.

Several wrecks on Highway 163, Highway 221.

Highway 16 South will be shut down soon.



1:46 p.m. Update:

Watauga County School buses are held up in traffic or not able to move very fast.  Buses have not yet been able to make it to the high school.  Student drivers have not been allowed to leave the school.  All students are safe, but expect delays in students getting home today.

American Red Cross' Blood Mobile at the Holiday Inn in Boone is still on until 6:00 p.m.

2:22 p.m. Update:

App Ski Mountain has been reopened after a food services truck struck a power pole and dragged a live line across the entrance.

ASU’s Polar Plunge is still on this afternoon registration is at 3:00 and the plunging begins at 4:00.

Classes after 2:00 have been cancelled.

AppalCart is running limited routes and will stop running at 4:00 p.m.

3:21 Update:

Most Watauga County Schools buses have completed their routes.  Superintendent Dr. Marty Hemeric said all students are safe.


Student drivers @ WHS were releaed around 12:15 p.m.


Highway 321 in Blowing Rock is still blocked off after a tractor-trailer wreck this afternoon.

Highway 221 near the twin bridges traffic is moving, but conditions are still dangerous.



3:49 Update:
Highway 321 in Blowing Rock is open.


Highway 421 from Watauga to Wilkes County is slushy and a little slick, but traffic is flowing normally.



4:33 Update:

Highways 16, 421, 221 in Ashe County have been reopened.  Last word is that Highway 18 from Alleghany County is still closed.

The Watauga and Avery County Sheriff’s Offices said main roads in the counties are passable, but secondary roads are still very dangerous.

Highway 105 is now open after the Jackknifed truck was removed from the roadway.




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