Road conditions deteriorating in Henderson County

The Henderson County Emergency Operations Center was activated just hours ago, and, so far, only a few problems have been reported on area highways after conditions started to deteriorate about 8 p.m. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The Henderson County Emergency Operations Center was activated early Saturday night, and, so far, only a few problems have been reported on area highways after conditions started to deteriorate about 8 p.m.

Even trucks with four-wheel-drive were fishtailing along Upward Road.

Several DOT trucks are working in the area, but they’re hard pressed to keep up with the volume of snow that is now falling in the Flat Rock area.

A man driving from Charlotte to Johnson City, Tennessee, said conditions along Interstate 26 through the Saluda Grade were slow going.

"Just as you get on I-26, it’s sticking everywhere’s coming up the mountain there. It was fairly slippery, but most people had slowed down to around 35 miles per hour," Mayberry said.

DOT road assistance crews have been checking roadways along Interstate 26 since steady snow started falling about 4 p.m.

One area couple decided to brave the roads to sell an extra generator. Their recommendation to others -- think twice before going out for a drive.

"The visibility is down to nothing," Henderson County resident barry holbert said. "People don't need to be out on the roads. We're headed home as quick as we can."

The DOT here in Western North Carolina has 300 trucks out working to clear roads of snow, but it's a battle to keep up.

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