The North Carolina Department of Transportation is asking WNC residents to beware of road conditions in the coming days as they work to clean up the streets.
The department had crews preparing the roads for the weather ahead of the storm and said it would continue cleaning even if snow arrived.
In Asheville, the town’s snow mapper indicates removal priorities. It also allows residents to search for progress by address or street.
Road conditions: View the Asheville Area Street Clearing Schedule
The National Weather Service predicted about 8 inches high in the Buncombe County area Sunday before 7 a.m. Jan. 17.
“Even after the storm passes, we ask the people of North Carolina to be patient as our crews and emergency responders do their important work clearing the roads,” the Secretary of State said. Transport, J. Eric Boyette. “Everyone should avoid driving in these conditions. There is no need to take unnecessary risks.
According to the NCDOT, while temperatures are expected to warm and some thawing is possible, water on the roads will freeze overnight and make travel dangerous in western and central North Carolina.
“The storm is bringing heavy rain with potential flooding and high winds to much of eastern North Carolina,” the department’s news release read.
“Travel conditions are expected to be hazardous for much of the state through Monday,” NCDOT Chief Operating Officer Beau Memory said. “Please stay home and don’t take the risk of driving, especially on icy or flooded roads.”
This article originally appeared on Asheville Citizen Times: Road conditions in Asheville, NC: When will streets be cleared of snow and ice?