Crews Tackling Snowy Streets
The police scanner is buzzing this morning with reports of cars sliding and bumping because of hazardous conditions created by the snow that started falling early today.
Snow is expected to continue until the early afternoon, with accumulations of up to 6 inches possible. There is about 4 inches of snow on the ground in some areas of the county.
The Moore County School System has canceled school today because of the snow.
Sarah Foster, county maintenance engineer for North Carolina Department of Transportation, said that county crews were out yesterday salting the roads in preparation for today's snow. She also said that overnight crews, with 19 people on hand, starting tackling the roads once the snow started early this morning.
"We are out there with everything we've got," Foster said. "We were salting roads last night and this morning we started pushing."
She said the first priority for the department was clearing primary roads (any road that begins with U.S. or N.C.) and then would move to secondary roads.
"The forecast is calling for snow until around lunchtime," Foster said. "It's not supposed to get above freezing until tomorrow. We'll be working all night. We've had no problems, we're just dealing with Mother Nature."
Foster said the best thing was not to drive unless absolutely necessary.
"If you can stay at home," she said, "then you should stay at home."
The NCDOT Web site has a section on travel conditions. Or a motorist can call 511 to get updated information about traveling conditions.
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