Finally feels like winter in the NC mountains, will look like winter this weekend

Winter returns to the NC mountains

BOONE, NC (WBTV) - Winter got its bite back in the North Carolina Mountains on Thursday.

“The cold air hurts,” said longtime DOT Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Whittington in Boone.

The past few weeks have been warmer than normal for the High Country. It has allowed his crews to do other things besides snow removal. They had their hands full the first of December when almost two feet of snow fell, but since then there has not been a lot.

Now that will change as a front comes through this weekend, bringing snow and possibly ice to the mountains.

“We will be ready to do what we need to do to keep the roads as safe as we can.”

One thing missing this time is that chalky appearance of the roads that’s normal for January. That is leftover salt residue from past storms and can help to keep snow and ice from sticking. Unfortunately, the rain of recent weeks has washed it all away.

“We’ll be starting over,” says Whittington.

Brine will be spread on Friday and plows and salt spreaders will take over when the snow starts. He expects that to begin early Saturday.

Copyright 2019 WBTV. All rights reserved.