Team Coverage: Winter Storm Preparations
We have live team coverage all morning of the winter storm moving into the area. Ingrid Allstaedt is in Asheville, Ashlea Surles in Hendersonville, Evan Donovan in Greenville, Julie Wunder in the Weather Center, and Lauren Brigman in the On-Time Traffic Center.
Ingrid reports that roads in Asheville are in good shape this morning, but temperatures are below freezing. D.O.T. treated the main roads yesterday in Asheville and D.O.T. crews are on standby awaiting the arrival of the snow. In an effort to make room for snow plows, Asheville parking decks are free today. Drivers are asked to park in the downtown parking decks instead of along the streets, to allow room for snow plows.
Ashlea reports that in Hendersonville, temperatures are also below freezing. This means any precipitation will cause slick spots on the roadways. The wind is also picking up in Hendersonville as the snow moves into that area.
Evan reports that traffic is light in downtown Greenville near I-385, with few cars on the roads. Temperatures are significantly colder than yesterday in the upstate. Evan says authorities warn that travel is not advised, but if you must head out, Evan shows us ways to make sure your car is prepared. Have a car care professional check your battery, also check your windshield wiper fluid, coolant level, and oil level.
The snow will spread quickly north and east across the region from daybreak to noon. Many will be experiencing moderate or heavy snow by afternoon. Once the snow starts, it likely doesn't stop until early Thursday.
Dispatchers across the mountains tell News 13 that snow is falling in Macon, Jackson and Graham counties. Snow-covered roads are already reported in the Cashiers area of Jackson county. Use caution and avoid travel as conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day.
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