RALEIGH, N.C. — Sunshine and favorable conditions Friday will help N.C. Department of Transportation crews continue to clear roads in and around the Triad, including many secondary roads.
Interstates and primary roads are clear in Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties. Crews will spend today and Saturday clearing secondary routes in these counties and treating any icy patches remaining on the roads.
All roads are expected to be plowed by Saturday evening.
In Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Rowan and Stokes counties, crews have cleared interstates and primary roads and are now working on secondary roads. Crews will continue clearing the division’s secondary routes over the weekend, with all roads expected to be cleared by late Sunday afternoon.
Randolph County is in Division 8, which includes several southern North Carolina counties. NC DOT officials hope to have all secondary roads cleared by Sunday.
Primary roads are mostly clear in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Crews will spend today clearing secondary routes in the division and treating any icy patches remaining on the roads.
Thursday night, NCDOT had multiple snow plows and salt spreaders operating on I-74, I-77 and U.S. 52 after a heavy band of snow blanketed that region Thursday afternoon, causing accidents and congestion.
Traffic is moving normally in those areas this morning, but because of possible icy patches, motorists are still encouraged to use caution when traveling in the area. Black ice can form in shady spots even though the rest of the road looks clear and dry.
NCDOT has had 3,100 employees working around the clock statewide with 1,468 plows and spreaders, 300 graders, and 549 contract trucks and graders. Since Monday, the department has spread 35,969 tons of salt and 13, 616 tons of salt/sand mix. Crews in Division 7 used 5,828 tons of salt to clear roadways of snow and ice. In Division 9, more than 4,775 tons of salt were used.