Drivers slip, slide during cold Wednesday morning commute
Posted February 25, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Snow and ice lingered on many Triangle-area roads through the morning commute hour Wednesday, causing some issues on interstates, bridges, ramps and on secondary roads.
No major wrecks or backups were reported, but the slick conditions did result in numerous fender-bender incidents. Authorities closed numerous ramps on area highways to help drivers avoid problem areas.
Due to the potential treacherous travel, most of the Triangle's school systems decided to close Wednesday.
Icy conditions forced officials in Fayetteville to close N.C. Highway 210 at Honeycutt Road. Drivers should use Bragg Boulevard to access Fort Bragg.
Temperatures climbed above freezing in many spots by 9 a.m.
State Department of Transportation officials hope Wednesday’s weather – sunshine with temperatures in the low 40s – will help melt enough of Tuesday’s snow so crews can brine roadways before another round of forecast winter weather.
DOT officials offered these driving tips:
- Approach bridges and overpasses with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on a bridge unless necessary.
- 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.
- Come to a complete stop or yield the right of way when approaching an intersection in case any vehicles coming from other directions lose control of their vehicles while trying to stop.
- If you have a cellular phone, take it with you. You can contact the state highway patrol statewide by calling *HP (*47) or call law enforcement by dialing 911. Only call 911 for emergencies, not to check on road conditions.