Winter Weather Arrives
Thick snow is falling in some mountains counties as the first wave of winter weather arrives in the mountains.
Right now, highway workers are focusing on the interstates, hitting bridges and overpasses that often begin icing up before the roadways.
Crews began loading salt and sand early this morning as the flurries became thicker and turned into a wet snowfall.
They pre-treated the roads with brine last Friday in advance of snow flurries expected over the weekend.
Because this morning's snow made the roads wet, engineers decided against using the brine again because it would just wash away.
The plan of attack today, and in most lengthy snow events, is to keep the major roads clear first.
Justin Rice, DOT Maintenance Engineer, "the only cases we get out in the secondaries, once the interstates are clear, and we're not receiving any more snowfall, or we have a brief period where it's quit, and interstates are clear, we will move to the secondary routes, mainly your collector secondaries, and start treating those as well."
Heavy snowfall in the northern states has led to some shortages of traction material but here in the sunny south, no such problem right now.
Crews will be working around the clock to keep roads clear.