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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
The Charlotte Department of Transportation will be treating Charlotte bridges and culverts Thursday with salt in anticipation of a winter weather event Thursday evening into Friday morning.
Beginning at 10:00 p.m., City Street Maintenance crews will be operating on a "Condition A."
This condition calls for 12 trucks, 24 crew members and four support staff.
Black ice is a possibility on bridges, culverts and low-lying areas as temperatures drop overnight.
CDOT will target salting for "Condition A" on:
- Bridges & culverts on City streets and selected NCDOT streets
- Hospital entrances
- Emergencies that are called in
As the storm progresses, evaluation of conditions will be ongoing and adjusted as warranted.
Citizens should report icy road conditions by calling CharMeck 311. Also, reports of routine icing on City streets can be called in to 704-336-3200. Actual emergencies and accidents should be called in to 911.
The North Carolina DOT is also preparing for winter weather.
According to a press release, maintenance crews will not pre-treat roads with brine because the storm is starting as rain. The rain would wash off the brine.
State crews are preparing for the storm statewide as follows:
Western Carolina Mountains
Crews are currently transitioning from cleaning up mudslides to removing snow. They have calibrated the heavy equipment and are staging spreaders and plows this afternoon.
Greater Charlotte Area
In addition to NCDOT maintenance staff, the department will use about 50 contract trucks in Mecklenburg County. They will work through the night and into the morning hours to remove any snow or ice.
NCDOT crews have outfitted their trucks with plows and spreaders, and stockpiled salt and sand to ensure they are ready to respond as soon as the storm hits. In some counties, crews were sent home to rest this afternoon and will report back to work early this evening to begin removing any snow.
During the day today, crews put plows on the trucks, so they are ready to go when the snow begins falling. Crews left the maintenance yards this afternoon to go home and rest, and will return later tonight in advance of the winter weather.
Crews spent the day preparing equipment and loading sand and salt onto the trucks. They will be on standby overnight, ready to clear snow and address icy spots.
Crews located in counties with the potential to see snow or ice have equipped their trucks with plows and spreaders, and will have skeleton crews working overnight. All other coastal counties have crews on alert to treat any bridges or overpasses as they become slick.
NCDOT is concerned about the strong potential for black ice forming overnight, especially on bridges and overpasses, which typically freeze first.
The combination of rain, snow and freezing temperatures in the early morning hours could create slick spots.
The department encourages drivers who cross bridges or overpasses during their morning commutes to use extreme caution.
To ensure safety, motorists are advised to go slow, avoid distractions such as cell phones and avoid forcefully using their brakes to reduce speed.