McCrory declares state of emergency for storm

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – With winter weather heading for parts of North Carolina, crews across the state are getting ready.

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Governor Pat McCrory declared North Carolina in a state of emergency.

NCDOT crews are treating roads with brine, a mixture of salt and water. It coats the road surface to keep snow from sticking.

Highway Patrol is also working to make sure roads are clear and marking any abandoned vehicles to be removed from the sides of roadways.

McCrory warned everyone to take extra precautions through the weekend.

“Stay off the road when travel becomes dangerous,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “Unnecessary travel during the storm only puts people at risk and also puts our emergency personnel at risk.”

The governor said the winter weather is to blame for two deaths overnight Wednesday in the western part of North Carolina.

The governor also encourages citizens to download the free ReadyNC app. Using the app, you can find the latest traffic and hazard information in your area.

You can also find safety tips; where you can seek shelter and even important phone numbers, websites and social media accounts for utility companies and agencies.

The app does not replace calling 911, but it can be used to find life-saving information.

You can find it on Google Play and the Apple store.

If you’re hitting the road this weekend, Highway Patrol has issued some safety precautions too:

  • Leave early and expect delays.
  • Clear all windows on your vehicle before you travel.
  • Notify a family member of friend of your travel plans before you leave.
  • And use caution on bridges and overpasses since they usually freeze before roadways.

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