Charlotte prepares for Arctic blast

Charlotte prepares for Arctic blast

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 7:40 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- State and city road crews were out Monday spraying salt brine over local bridges, overpasses, and interstates.

Despite no ice or snow in the immediate forecast, they're concerned moisture left over from weekend rains could freeze over on the roads.

"We're fighting against time now because the temperatures are already starting to go down, so we wanted to get an early start on it," said NCDOT's Jen Thompson.

Thompson said with an early start with spraying, combined with Monday evening rush hour traffic that could warm up the pavement, she hopes icy spots would be limited.

A spokesperson for MEDIC 911 said the emergency service was anticipating an influx of calls during the deep freeze, but wasn't planning to increase staffing.  Trucks will be equipped with extra weather-related gear.
 
A spokesperson for Carolinas Healthcare System said there are no anticipated interruptions in healthcare services to the community.
 

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