Crews work to clear storm damage in Piedmont
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said crews are working to clear storm damage in the Piedmont.
Numerous roads are closed across the area, blocked by downed trees and power lines, and travel is treacherous.
Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties have received several inches of sleet and snow, with some parts of Rockingham County receiving as much as six inches of snow.
Freezing rain has resulted in significant icing, and crews are responding to many reports of downed trees and limbs on roadways, particularly in Alamance, Guilford and Orange counties.
Officials said most interstates and primary routes in the region are passable, but secondary roads are partially covered with snow and ice.
Crews plan to continue working Friday to first remove fallen trees and then plow roads, beginning with interstates, four-lane divided highways and other primary routes. They will progress to secondary routes as soon as possible.
Crews in Stokes and Forsyth counties are working to clear 2-4 inches of snow and sleet from interstates and primary routes.
Primary routes are passable in Davie, Davidson and Rowan counties, which received up to two inches of a slushy sleet mix.
Officials said crews in those counties are focused on removing downed trees and limbs, and are clearing roads as needed.
Precipitation in and around the Triad is expected to change to rain this afternoon as temperatures climb a few degrees above freezing.
While these improving conditions will help crews as they continue their snow-clearing and tree-removing efforts across the region, motorists are encouraged to stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely necessary.