North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) trucks lay in wait Wednesday night, quiet before the rush.
Crews will be doing work similar to what we saw last week to keep roads safe from ice.
"That's a word that shuts the city down," said Ray Cosby, a driver from Charlotte.
But Eyewitness News meteorologists in Severe Weather Center 9 are forecasting this upcoming storm will likely be different from last week's. Instead of days of rain, we have been dealing with days of dry cold. Our meteorologists say that could mean the possible storm Friday will start with freezing rain.
That is why NCDOT says it will have 14 trucks ready to lay salt brine Thursday, along with a dozen contract trucks. Bridges, culverts, ramps and the main lanes of primary roads will be treated.
"I'd rather they brine it now than deal with a bunch of wrecks," said Cosby.
We are told that Thursday morning, the city will be making a similar decision, after looking at the latest forecast.
"The preparations really depend on what kind of storm. How's it going to start? Is it going to start as rain, ice, sleet, snow?" said Linda Durrett with the Charlotte Department of Transportation.
Right now, Durrett says the city is looking at the possibility of using salt brine as well.
"If we start tomorrow salt-brining, the salt brine will stay on the street until something hits it and melts," said Durrett.
Drivers say they are glad to hear the planning has already begun.
"When there's any type of weird weather, the roads get packed and you're kind of stuck," said Chase Baker, a driver from Mint Hill.
The state says crews will stop laying brine during the commute Thursday afternoon, then start back up later if it is needed.