RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WAVY) – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency as another winter storm sweeps across the state and all 100 counties are back in the bulls-eye.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for much of North Carolina through Thursday morning.
Forecasters predicted up to eight inches of snow in the mountains, up to six inches along the Interstate 85 corridor, up to four inches elsewhere in the western part of the state. Up to three inches of snow is expected in the central part of the state south of Raleigh. Up to two inches could fall in the inland areas of the southeastern part of the state. And up to four inches could fall around Jacksonville, New Bern and the southern part of the Outer Banks.
By Tuesday evening, Hyde County told WAVY.com 16 vehicle crashes had been reported on the Mainland, and that NCDOT was in the process of plowing and grading sections of NC 45, NC 94, and US Hwy 264. On Ocracoke, NCDOT was also grading sections of Hwy 12; all ferry routes to Ocracoke have been suspended overnight due to weather conditions
During a news conference Tuesday, McCrory said he has 96 national guardsmen on standby to help the state weather the storm.
“We also want to remind you with this storm, we may have heavy winds that could cause very strong mass power outages, and we may have more ice,” McCrory said.
At the press conference, state officials pushed the usage of readync.org and its apps. The website is a one-stop destination on how to “Prevent. Prepare. Respond. Recover.” N.C. Electric Cooperatives also asked families to be prepared to ensure everyone stays warm and safe in the event of power outages.
After two significant snowfalls so far this winter, NCDOT told WAVY.com it is currently $120,000 over it’s statewide weather response budget of $30 million. The most recent storm cost the state $13 million — more than 53,000 tons of salt and more than 16,000 tons of a salt-sand mixture were used.
An NCDOT spokesperson told WAVY.com it is restocking supplies after depleting them during the recent storms. NCDOT also pre-treated all the major roads in Elizabeth City with a brine solution Monday; the same pre-treatment took place across the state.
Unlike the most recent snowfall, road crews from the western part of the state will not be coming to help the eastern part of the state, unless the forecast changes dramatically.
According to an NCDOT press release on Monday, here’s what road crews are doing to prepare in various regions of the state:
- Western—Brining operations began Sunday on all bare pavement routes and should be completed Monday evening. Alleghany, Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties had snow removal operations taking place over the weekend so salt is already on primary routes there. Crews are on standby to reapply mixture if needed, and plow and sand once the weather hits.
- Charlotte Area—Crews began brining Sunday in Mecklenburg and Union counties on all bare pavement routes and have completed their pre-icing operations. Crews are on standby to reapply mixture, if needed, are preparing trucks to plow and sand once the weather arrives.
- Central –Brining operations started Monday and will continue all day to spread the mixture on all bare pavement routes, which includes interstates, four-lane divided primary routes, and other primary and secondary routes. Crews are on standby to plow and sand once the snow begins to fall.
- Eastern—Brining operations started Monday on all bare pavement routes in anticipation of the wintry mix. Crews are on standby to plow and sand once the snow, sleet and ice hits.
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