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Winter Mess

Western mountain counties were among the hardest hit when Monday's wave of winter weather blew through. Drivers seemed to bear the brunt of it.

The snow came down hard and fast, backing-up traffic for miles all the way from Waynesville to Sylva. The Highway Patrol says there were close to a dozen accidents near the Haywood-Jackson county line on US 74. None of them were serious.

Even the most seasoned drivers who are accustomed to winter up North urged caution on a day like today.

As the day wore on, the job became one of trying to get ahead of what had already happened. Road crews were out scraping slush from side-road intersections and anticipating an overnight freeze.

The NCDOT is hoping preventive work being done Monday night keeps the roads clear Tuesday.


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