NCDOT work crews ready for icy roads in Alamance County

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- North Carolina Department of Transportation crews spent Wednesday night preparing for the coming storm by gearing up their work trucks with sand and attaching snow scrapers.

Officially, the department's advice to drivers is to stay off roads that are expected to become slick overnight with up to one-tenth of an inch of ice but they know that not everybody can avoid traveling.

"Be safe, be very cautious," said Kenneth Taylor, a transportation worker for NCDOT who has been driving snow plows for 11 years. "Safety is the number one priority with us and it should be with you and your family."

Bridges and overpasses are likely to freeze up first. NCDOT also encourages drivers to make sure their windshields and mirrors are clean before traveling in inclement weather.

Here are some more tips from NCDOT:

• Reduce speed and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles;
• If you begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. Do not apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of the car;
• If you have a cellular phone, take it with you. You can contact the Highway Patrol statewide by calling HP (*47) or call the county emergency center by dialing 911; and
• Come to a complete stop or yield the right of way when approaching an intersection where traffic lights are out. Treat this scenario as a four-way stop.

You can also contact NCDOT for up-to-date road conditions by calling 511 or following NCDOT on Twitter.

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