DOT crews make final preparations before snowstorm hits WNC

NCDOT division maintenance engineer Tim Anderson said some crews are working overnight in Buncombe County,making final preparations for the storm. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A massive snow storm is just hours away from reaching the mountains. That means its crunch time for road crews.

NCDOT division maintenance engineer Tim Anderson said some crews are working overnight in Buncombe County, getting the final stages ready for the storm.

But, Anderson said crews across Western North Carolina have been prepping throughout the week. He said all the facilities are fully stocked with salt and salt and sand mixtures and many road were treated Friday.

Now, NCDOT crews are working on converting many of trucks into plows and spreaders for the weekend.

Anderson is now asking people to stay off the roads if possible. But, if you have to drive, he said, “Don’t crowd the plow.”

"If everyone gives them room as they’re working and understands the truck can only run so fast while it's plowing, then it gives them the opportunity to do their job well and get that job done quicker," Anderson said.

Anderson said the DOT switching to 24-hour crews for some areas,

NCDOT’s main focus will be treating primary roads and interstates.

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