Tuesday Noon Weather Update
The winter storm is ramping up and some areas are already feeling the impact.
The roads are in good shape, but we have still had several accidents this morning.
In Henderson County, residents are already seeing a bit of snow on and off. The snowy mix was the cause of several wrecks this morning, all of which the highway patrol say were minor.
The area began seeing snow early Tuesday morning, and while some appears to be sticking to the ground, the main roads are mostly clear.
That does not mean they're not slick. DOT says they're really waiting for a break in this right now so they can get out and hit the roads with salt to get them ready for the big snow dump.
The western counties have contracted 14 motto graders to help out the state crews. Right now the DOT is also just getting snow equipment ready, sharpening chainsaws, making sure trucks are ready to be rolled out.
Sally Laporta, Hendersonville, "they don't get here plowing until after it's over, so it just gets real slick on this hill right here so we don't get out unless we go the other way."
Some families are already in hibernation mode for this storm, and that's the hope, that people will not be on the roads. A lot of those secondaries might be in tough shape starting today, as DOT says their biggest focus is going to be the interstates.
In Buncombe County, it's a waiting game. Road crews on standby and school officials are focusing on the forecast.
Main roads like Interstate 240 are clear this afternoon, and have been all morning long. Secondary roads are mostly clear, with a few slick spots, including ice.
It was enough of a threat to put Buncombe County schools on a two hour delay, with some other counties in our region, canceling classes.
DOT treated the roads yesterday, and have been responding to calls, salting any icy spots on area roads today. They're preparing now for round two of this winter storm.
Justin Rice, Buncombe County Maintenance Engineer, "right now we are getting ready send our salt brine trucks out spray salt brine on our interstate and primary routes which is just a pre-treatment before the snow event comes in."
DOT says they have extra crews on standby if needed, they're preparing for 4-8 inches on county roads.
The Highway Patrol says there have been a few weather related accidents today, but nothing major.
In in Greenville snow has been falling since about 5:30am this morning, today at noon it started to stick.
City of Greenville crews got to work, pushing out two brine trucks and a half-dozen salt & sand spreaders hit the bridges and steep grades throughout the city.
Greenville's public works department coordinated the snow response from their emergency operation center.
New this year, the department is now inputting the snow and ice operations into their work management system.
This helps them better track which areas were treated and when and helps coordinate coverage with the city's first responders.
Wayne Owens, City of Greenville, "we integrated ice and snow trucks with GPS, can track them, also can look at police calls, fire calls, can look at ice and snow trucks if they have emergency with police or fire, they can look on their map, we have truck # so and so with public works close, let's see if they can send it over and help us."
The EOC will operate from inside the public works department throughout the duration of this storm, which should last through Thursday.
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