Secondary roads, refreezing remain concern days after ice storm :: WRAL.com

Ice and debris will continue to be major issues with the refreeze overnight Monday.

First responders told WRAL News it’s going to be a long night in Person County.

The pavement outside the Person County Sheriff’s Office was already 28° Monday night, which meant ice isn’t going anywhere and drivers would need to keep a close eye on the roads.

Especially since Tuesday would see even more people heading out after the holiday.

When it comes to ice, Doug Carter’s not taking chances.

The Person County resident said most roads he’s seen have been clear, until you get back in the country.

“You come down the hill there and you hit that bottom,” said Carter. “You can catch a piece of ice and it feels like it wants to get away from you.”

Those secondary roads are a concern, and a focus, for NCDOT crews as the sun sets, the temperature drops, and roads refreeze.

NCDOT’s Marty Homan says crews will be out overnight, putting salt and sand on trouble spots.

“If it looks wet, assume that it’s ice,” said Homan.

The sheer scale of Sunday’s storm has been a challenge for the agency.

“Almost the entire state, the western three quarters of the state, were impacted by this storm,” said Homan.

And it’s not just ice – cleanup in Moore County Monday focused on trees, limbs and powerlines.

The town of Southern Pines once again encouraging residents to stay home, and avoid closed roads. ​

NCDOT told WRAL News there will be five trucks working in Person County alone, with another five each in Wake and Durham Counties.

Homan said no matter where you go – be on the look out.

That ice can be so, so easy to miss.


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