Crews prep for icy conditions in Alamance County

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. – The National Weather Service sent out a weather advisory of wet snow accumulation Saturday with the chance of black ice through Sunday around 4 a.m.

Thirty trucks from NCDOT and three contractors began spreading salt on the major interstates, bridges and overpasses in Alamance County around 8 p.m.

NCDOT Maintenance Engineer Nanette Fogleman said crews monitor temperatures before deciding when to prep the roadways.

“Basically we just kind of watch the temperature and as it gets closer to freezing and knowing which are our trouble spots, which areas we have trouble with we start checking those first,” Fogleman said. “Especially when it starts getting to daybreak, that’s when it really hits the hardest, it really drops the most I think by then it’s supposed to be 25 degrees or so.”

Though the advisory is until 5 a.m. Sunday, Fogleman said its best to avoid driving at all rather than taking a risk of driving on black ice.

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