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DOT unable to brine roads ahead of storm due to rain; roads could be slick Thursday morning

Posted January 27, 2021 4:07 p.m. EST
Updated January 28, 2021 11:35 a.m. EST

— The North Carolina Department of Transportation is evaluating operations ahead of snowfall.

Roads are expected to be icy, as temperatures will be below-freezing and, after a night of frozen precipitation, could have snow or ice accumulation.

NC DOT spent the day making sure their equipment is ready for the upcoming winter weather storm; however, they were not able to fully brine or prepare the roads, meaning road conditions could be hazardous.

Marty Homan, NC DOT Communications Officer said they aren't putting brine down because of he rain expected before changing over to snow.

"If it's too much rain, it'll wash off and it won't be effective," he said.

However, crews are prepared to pour out across the entire seven-county region between midnight and 4 a.m., depending on how the storm moves in.

"We’re all stocked up on salt and sand and brine and that sort of thing. We’re ready to go," said Homan.

When snow stops falling at around 8 tomorrow morning, temperatures are expected to be below freezing. Homan encourages people to be careful if they decide to go out driving on Thursday, especially in the morning.

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Officials with Duke and WakeMed tell WRAL they don’t expect any impact to operations but will closely monitor the weather.

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