Team Coverage: Midday Update
In Asheville, people are attempting to dig their way out this afternoon.
Where heavy snow has blanketed Buncombe County, and it's still falling.
Many locations in the county seeing 6-8 inches. Thankfully, a lot of people heeded our warning and staying inside today.
Downtown Asheville was mostly a ghost town this morning with stores and restaurants closed.
City trucks are working overtime to clear roads but most all roads are snow covered.
Interstates like I-240 are much better than secondary roads, but on and off ramps are still dangerous.
In Henderson County this morning an 18-wheeler didn't quite make the curve and slid off Mills Gap Road, near the Fletcher business park just after 7am.
Luckily, the driver was not hurt and he will not be ticketed.
In Hendersonville, the snow has stopped, but the wind has picked up.
This morning, all roads outside of the interstate were just snow covered. The highway patrol has been reporting no major accidents, thankfully most folks were saying home. That allowed plows and DOT crews to be out there for hours this morning, working in some cases 15 and 16 hour shifts, keeping 26 out to clear and focus on the main roads.
Gary McHone, McHone Landscape, "it has been rough, we have started out pretty good, we put a lot of salt out then it slowed down now it's picked back up and we'll probably be going until 8:30-9 in the morning."
Duke is reporting just one power outage in the area and the main roads looking really good. Pretty much clear, just really wet asphalt.
Now secondaries and neighborhood roads are at this point about as bad as they were this morning.
Rutherford County's snow totals got a boost this morning with a thick blanket of ice.
Two wrecks happened at the same icy spot on Highway 74. No one was injured.
Dan Morehead, truck driver, "I just noticed a car on my left had spun out, and I just looked over that way, and all of a sudden mine just started losing control, and spun out, there was nothing I could do or anything, it was just gone."
Jaime Ramirez, truck driver, "the ice is very slippery, it's not snow, it's actually ice, so it's very difficult for the tires to get traction, so I just wanted to clear enough space, break the ice up."
With heavy snow cropping up from time to time, troopers and officers are urging people to stay at home.
Finally, in McDowell County, where many drivers were stranded on I-40 last night. An emergency shelter was opened for stranded drivers overnight.
Luckily today, the interstate is back open and the shelter has been able to close.