Icy Roads Cause Driving Concerns
The extreme cold and lingering snow and ice on roads has travel dicey in some areas, but the plummeting temperatures bring another reason not to drive. Add in the sub-freezing temperatures and it's a dangerous time to travel.
An accident or any kind of car trouble could become a life-threatening situation if people are stranded on remote locations.
Highway crews are struggling to make the roads safe after a light snow made roads slick this morning, but there's limits to what they can do to increase traction when the temperatures fall into the single digits.
Salt simply stops working without some help from the sun, and past sunset any moisture on the road is likely to freeze into glare ice or the dreaded black ice.
Chad Bandy, DOT District Engineer, "we have several different things other than just salt in our arsenal, obviously sand which is an abrasive that adds some traction to the roadways, and there's some other means that do tend to work at a little lower temperature."
Highway crews are using additional sand in some locations to take the place of salt, but they say wind can blow that away leaving glare ice exposed.
DOT officials say crews in Western North Carolina will work through the night to make sure slick spots get attention.
They urge people to drive slowly and carefully because ice can form at anytime and can remain for days in shaded areas.