A wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow is causing icy and hazardous travel conditions on roads across the state, and road conditions are expected to worsen overnight as temperatures drop, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Several bridges in Eastern Carolina have been closed because of icing and numerous car accidents have been reported. The D.O.T. says slick spots are being reported on both primary and secondary routes. Rain fell first in some areas, diluting the brine crews spread on the roads and creating extremely icy conditions.
The D.O.T. says overnight, temperatures in many areas of the state will become low enough that the effectiveness of the salt will be limited. Because of this, crews will transition to treating hot spots with a sand and salt mixture and remain on standby monitoring road conditions. Crews will begin treating roads with salt early in the morning as temperatures rise.
Transportation crews strongly urge motorists to avoid driving overnight due to conditions that could potentially become very hazardous. They say road conditions will begin to improve tomorrow morning as temperatures rise and salt can work effectively.
To get updated road conditions from the D.O.T., click this link.