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Governors declare state of emergency, Carolinas highway crews shift focus to next winter storm

It’s looking to be another round of snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice - bringing more treacherous roads and power outages.
As some parts of the state prepare for more winter weather, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper spoke to the public before that weather moved in.
Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 5:53 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2022 at 3:04 PM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WBTV) - As North Carolina prepares for its second winter storm in a week, it’s people in eastern North Carolina that will likely feel more of the storm’s brunt.

It’s looking to be another round of snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice - bringing more treacherous roads and power outages.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has issued another state of emergency for this storm that allows the state to mobilize state resources and lay the groundwork for potential federal reimbursement.

The governor is activating National Guard troops to help North Carolina counties with transportation and other needs.

Related: Gov. Cooper declares state of emergency ahead of another round of winter weather

Gov. Cooper says 114 soldiers with high clearance vehicles, trucks and four-wheel drive ambulances are staging in Central and Eastern North Carolina Thursday. They will move to affected counties when needed.

Along the North Carolina/South Carolina state line, roads that were cleared from last weekend’s storm could prove hazardous, as any precipitation combined with the really cold air WBTV’s meteorologists are predicting could make for tricky driving.

Officials with the N.C. Department of Transportation said they’re already cleaning and prepping trucks. Their crews have to cover tens of thousands of miles of state highways, but there is one big change from the last storm.

“You may not see any brine this time around on the roads because if it starts as a rain event, everything washes it away. So, it’s a waste of our resources and we don’t want to do that,” Jen Thompson, with NCDOT, said.

Officials with the N.C. Department of Transportation said they’re already cleaning and prepping trucks.

Gov. Cooper says the state expects significant power outages from this storm in southeastern counties, including the cities of Wilmington, Jacksonville and New Bern. That’s where a quarter-inch or more of ice is expected on trees and power lines, and that’s a recipe for power outages.

According to members of Charlotte’s street maintenance division, they are working on their snow equipment and getting stockpiles ready.

They said they have an ample supply of materials and are already getting shipments of salt to replenish what they used last week.

Governor Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2022-04 to declare a State of Emergency in preparation for the weekend’s expected winter storm and urges South Carolinians to monitor local weather conditions and take winter safety precautions.

Motorists need to prepare for winter weather driving before a winter storm hits, especially those living in the Upstate or areas of our state that see more severe winter weather conditions.

Crews in South Carolina are also getting prepped for whatever comes their way from this second winter storm.

S.C. Department of Transportation crews will spend Thursday and Friday getting their trucks loaded with brine for the roads and salt for the bridges.

Gov. Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency ahead of expected winter weather.

Like N.C. crews, they did say one challenge is the rain coming before any possible snow. That rain would wash away any brine, so they may have to hold off for a little longer before spraying the roads.

According to AAA, they’ll have plenty of tow truck drivers back on duty to help stranded drivers. However, spokesperson Tiffany Wright says during a storm is actually not their busiest time.

”It’s usually the day after that we get the busiest. That’s when people get over confident. They decide to venture out. They don’t realize there’s patches of ice and snow out there, and then they end up on the side of the road,” Wright said.

Wright added that Thursday is a good time to check your tire pressure, test your car battery, and check those windshield wipers to make sure they’re all working properly and in good shape.

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