The North Carolina Department of Transportation is asking WNC residents to be wary of road conditions in the coming days as they work to clear streets.
The department had crews preparing the roads for weather before the storm and said it will continue to clean up even as snow comes in.
In Asheville, the city's snow mapper shows removal priorities. It also allows residents to search progress by address or street.
The National Weather Service predicted Sunday about 8 inches max in the Buncombe County area before 7 a.m. Jan. 17.
“Even after the storm passes, we ask North Carolinians to be patient as our crews and emergency responders do their important work to clear the roads,” State Transportation Secretary J. Eric Boyette said. “Everyone should avoid driving in these conditions. There’s no need to take any unnecessary risks.”
According to NCDOT, while temperatures are expected to warm and some thawing is possible, the water on roads will refreeze at night and make travel dangerous in western and central North Carolina.
“The storm is bringing heavy rainfall with potential flooding and strong winds to much of eastern North Carolina,” the department’s news release stated.
“Travel conditions are expected to be treacherous for much of the state through Monday,” NCDOT Chief Operating Officer Beau Memory said. “Please stay home and don’t take the chance of driving, especially on icy or flooded roads.”
This article originally appeared on Asheville Citizen Times: Asheville NC road conditions: When will streets be clear of snow, ice