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More Winter Weather Coming

Highway crews in Madison and Yancey Counties are ready for a long battle with the snow.

A warm day yesterday is giving everyone a break as the snow is falling but melting quickly, but highway engineers say that is likely to change as the temperature begins dropping this afternoon.

At noon today, the snow was coming in waves at the Madison-Yancey County line.  Farther north parts of the secondary roads are beginning to turn white in shaded areas.

Road crews have a plan, and are mixing salt and sand ready to load into trucks when the snow becomes steady.

Chris Deaton, DOT District Engineer, "we have trucks out now across the county at a lot of different spots especially near the Tennessee line where we're afraid it will start laying sooner than anywhere else, we'll be very vigilant on any of the bridges because we're afraid they're coming, and we're looking at the heavy stuff starting around noon, and what they're saying now, we understand maybe anywhere from 3 to 6 or even more inches for us depending on the proximity of the Tennessee line."

After yesterday's sunshine, crews are ready for some tough work ahead.  They'll be working 12-hour shifts to stay ahead of a heavy snowfall expected for the northern mountains.

Highway engineers urge people to drive carefully as the forecast shows bitter cold temperatures later Tuesday afternoon that could make highways dangerous and difficult for road crews to clear away completely.


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