NCDOT: We're prepped for whatever weather comes

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. -- North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) crews in Watauga County say they're still prepped and ready for whatever weather comes through Tuesday night, despite already responding to just about every sort of winter weather.

"We had rain, sleet, and snow through the night and it never did accumulate a whole lot," said Kevin Whittington. "It would come and it would quit and we would get it off and it would come back."

As the trucks line up, the salt piles up, and the snow continues to fall it's only the middle of what's been a long couple of days for Kevin Whittington and his crews. They have 29 trucks, with enough manpower to staff them, monitoring the snowy, cold and wet conditions.

"We dropped salt last night while the snow event was coming and going we kept ahead of it that way and it kept it melted off," Whittington said. "Previous temperatures in the days ahead helped as well with it being mild."

Still, Whittington says Tuesday night's biggest concern could be black ice as freezing temperatures meet these wet, slick streets. 

"The wind has been super bad I've heard it's supposed to be super super cold tonight," said Boone native Galen Wilkes. "Batten down the hatches, put a couple extra logs on the fire."

While those living here like Wilkes take precautions tonight, Brad Moretz at Appalachian Ski Mountain says this weather is a dream come true. 

"Every time we've had these cold shots we've really been able to make a lot of snow, we're still making snow," Moretz said. "We'll make snow tonight.  It's just like January or February conditions. It's ideal."
 

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