Winter Storm In Western Counties
Snow can be especially challenging in our higher elevations. As soon as it started falling, accidents started happening on mountain roads in Haywood and Jackson counties.
Officials say they're dangerous and advise staying off of them if you can.
The Department of Transportation has crews on 12 hours shifts, working on primary roads first... like Interstate 40 and the Smoky Mountain Expressway. But they still remain slick and dangerous.
Many secondary roads remain snow covered.
And conditions can change moment to moment. In Cullowhee Wednesday morning a pick-up truck hit some ice on Ledbetter Road, lost control, and ended up in the Tuckaseegee River.
The driver was ok. But the fire chief says icy spots, on bridges in particular, can take drivers by surprise.
Before the pavement you'll be running along the pavement looks dry or wet...and then all of a sudden you'll be on a bridge and it will be white. Worse thing you can do is tap your brakes. I mean just let it roll on across it if you can, says Cullowhee Fire Chief Tim Green.
A tow truck operator was busy on Ledbetter Road...picking up 3 vehicles in just a half an hour.
In Haywood County, with the help of the American Red Cross, a shelter has been set up inside the Department of Social Services building on Paragon Parkway in Clyde.
By Rex Hodge
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