State highway crews pre-treated major highways here in Eastern Carolina, ahead of a winter storm Tuesday.
The D.O.T. began spreading a salt brine mix over roads over several counties Monday morning.
In Craven County they are trying to get two coats of brine down on the major routes before the storm arrives. They have a crew of 40 people working 12 hour shifts for the duration.
Lenoir County DOT Maintenance Supervisor Brian Harper says they have 500 tons of salt on hand for the storm. He says they will add a fifth brine spreader this afternoon and can lay down 20,000 gallons of the mixture an hour.
Harper says their plan worked so well for the last storm that they are not making any changes in Lenoir County.
In Pitt County, they have 200 tons of salt left to treat state highways. DOT crews started this morning putting down the brine on major routes.
Greenville says it has 130 tons of salt on hand for the storm. The city says its crews will begin spreading brine down later this afternoon.
Onslow County D.O.T. workers actually began spreading the brine mixture on Sunday, using 65 tons of salt. They have 11 trucks and plows ready once the snow or ice begin.
Some counties could see snow flurries late Monday into Monday night, with a dusting possible over some yards.
The main threat will come late Tuesday morning into early Tuesday evening. Snow and sleet is expected to affect our southern counties.