NCDOT Preparing for Winter Storm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Transportation is starting preparations for crews to treat the roads ahead of this weekend’s winter storm.

Officials told Channel 9 that preparations have been months in the making.

Starting as early as September, NCDOT officials said, they have been checking equipment, assigning treatment routes and practicing snow drills.

"It's going to be all-hands-on-deck and once we get started, we work around the clock until this event is over with,” said Jen Thompson, a spokesperson with the NCDOT.

For some contract crews, 12-hour shifts are about to begin.

Crews are treating major interstates such as I-77 and I-85, and then onto U.S. and state primary roads.

"Our goal is to safely and efficiently remove anything that's out there in the road and we have to do that until everything is cleared. That's our policy,” Thompson said.

By Sunday, NCDOT expects up to 100 salt and snowplow trucks hitting the roads.

This weekend, NCDOT, is expecting a mixture of rain, sleet and snow, which has some drivers guessing at their own personal preparations.

Visit WSOCTV.com for the latest winter storm updates. 

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