Officials urge drivers to stay off Charlotte roads

by: Sarah Rosario Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Ice is expected to be a problem as the winter storm hits, so Department of Transportation crews have been treating major highways to prevent serious crashes.

City and state crews said they are ready for the winter weather headed Charlotte’s way. They've had crews working non-stop laying brine.

By Wednesday afternoon the major concern will be snow covered roads and ice -- bridges and overpasses are always the first to freeze.

NCDOT officials told Channel 9 they have 100 trucks ready to lay salt behind the plows to prevent what falls from building up and getting packed down.

After the snow accumulates, they will stop using brine and start using the plows to clear roads.

With the worst of the weather still to come officials are urging people to stay home.

“We just keep plowing until we get to bare pavement, then we continue to place the salt,” said Mike Campbell with the NCDOT.