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Snow Falling In Carolinas, Driving Hazardous

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A SCDOT plow clears snow off I-85 near Piedmont in Anderson County A SCDOT plow clears snow off I-85 near Piedmont in Anderson County
Wednesday February 12, 2013 Update

Snow is falling across the Upstate and western North Carolina Wednesday morning and traveling is becoming hazardous.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is asking drivers to stay off the roads until conditions improve. 

The National Weather Service has issued ice storm and winter weather warnings for most of South Carolina.

SCDOT will focus on keeping highways passable for emergency purposes only. 

If it's absolutely necessary to drive, SCEMD recommends you reduce speed, avoid SCDOT trucks on the road and closely follow travel information as the weather system brings changing conditions.

Update by Fred Cunningham

The S.C. Department of Transportation reported Tuesday that roads were in good shape in the Upstate.

Motorist referred to it as the “calm before the storm.”

“I want to cross that mountain before this thing locks me on this side,” said Joe Cooper who needed to get home to Knoxville, TN.

Road crews spent the morning treating the roads with a layer of salt-brine.

By late afternoon Tuesday, officials said the conditions were too wet to pretreat.

Once enough snow accumulates on the ground, crews will focus on plowing.

The DOT will first plow Interstates, then four-lane divided highways, secondary roads and neighborhoods.

Priority is determined by location, traffic, major businesses, truck routes and roads to hospitals.

“No one should be driving on ice,” says Pam Lane, “that is just terrible."

The salt-brine treatment should keep ice from sticking to asphalt on most roadways, but officials warn that drivers should be wary of black ice, especially on bridges and overpasses.
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