Bracing For Snow
Updated: Tuesday, March 5 2013, 09:55 PM EST
Ahead of the storm, mountain residents are going through the usual drill. They spent Tuesday getting ready knowing the roads will soon be slippery as snow is predicted to fall overnight.
Ahead of the frozen stuff, rain fell and plenty of fog making visibility difficult. Freezing temperatures will slowly convert everything to ice and snow.
Longtime residents know March snowfalls are fairly routine, and know to make sure they have things like ice melt, a way to stay warm, and plenty of food in the house.
Swain County’s Betty Miller says, “ I got my water and my fire starters and all that kind of stuff.”
Residents say they're ready and farmers say the snow will soak into the ground and be good for crops.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation says with the rain first, it can't pretreat the roads, but beginning Tuesday night, the plows are out ready to spread salt where it's needed. First priority goes to the interstates, then primary roads, then the secondary ones.
By Rex Hodge