Winter Weather Readiness
Snow falling means the DOT puts its plows in gear with a plan.
Pure salt on our intestates and primaries. And then sand and salt on our secondaries, says the DOTs Darrel Brooks at the maintenance yard in Haywood County.
He says crews are pulling 12 hours shifts, ready for the snow and freezing overnight temperatures.
We just have to use our salt and hope it doesn't drop down in the teens.
Industrial size piles of sand and salt are at the ready inside the maintenance yard. Smaller bags are hot sellers at the local hardware store.
We've got housing developments that are buying tons of ice melt. The hospitals... All the county people... they're getting ready for the freezing, says Steve Carver with Ace Hardware.
Carver says his customers are taking no chances after last week many buying kerosene in case power goes out.
The snow made for an early release Wednesday for Haywood County schools not too bad an inconvenience for parents like David Malpeli who came to pick up his son.
School is pretty good about giving us a call to let us know, he says.
The snow means good business for Skis and Tees in Maggie Valley, heading into a three-day weekend.
Just getting our rentals in order and getting our retail lined up, says owner Bob Deweese.
By Rex Hodge
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