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Higher Elevation, Winter Weather

Snow can be especially challenging in our higher elevations.   

In Waynesville, wrecks started happening on mountain roads early this morning.

Right now, authorities are warning that roads are still dangerous and they're asking people to stay off of them if possible.

The DOT has crews out on 12 hours shifts, working on primary roads first, like 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 this morning a pick-up truck hit some ice on Ledbetter Road, lost control, and ended up in the Tuckaseegee River.

The driver was fine, but the fire chief says icy spots on bridges in particular can take drivers by surprise.

Chief Tim Green, Cullowhee Fire Department, "before the pavement you'll be running along the pavement looks dry and wet, 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."

A tow truck operator was busy on Ledbetter Road, picking up three vehicles in just a half an hour this morning.

In Haywood County, with the help of the American Red Cross, a shelter has been set up inside the department of social services building that's on Paragon Parkway in Clyde.


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