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'Give our operators a lot of room and grace': Triad crews prepare for winter weather conditions

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a view of the side of a road: Triad crews prepare for winter weather conditions © Hearst/File Triad crews prepare for winter weather conditions

Crews and emergency management agencies around the Piedmont Triad are preparing for several inches of snow Friday.

In just a few hours, North Carolina Department of Transportation crews will be up bright and early Friday morning ready to hit the roads with plows and lots of salt.

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Click the video player above to see how roads are being prepared for the wintry weather.

“We'll bring them back in the early morning hours and have all the trucks ready and wait and see what falls out of the sky and react as necessary at that point,” said North Carolina Department of Transportation Highway Division 9 Maintenance Engineer John Rhyne.

John Rhyne with the Department of Transportation said there are hundreds of employees who can operate snow removal equipment who are based out of Highway Division 9 in Winston-Salem.

He said crews can cover about 5,000 miles of road.

Earlier Thursday, Rhyne said crews laid down salt brine. The crews covered highways and state-owned roads.

“Our crews have been out applying salt brine today hoping to break that bond between the pavement and any snow that might fall," Ryne said.

While the Department of Transportation is getting ready, other agencies like the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management is asking the community to make sure they are prepared.

“Hopefully you’ve restocked your emergency preparedness kit and made sure you have enough rock salt and snow shovels and your heating fuel is restocked. Make sure you bring in your pets because it is going to be cold out there,” said Leigha Cordell, an emergency management coordinator for the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management.

As the Triad waits for snow, Rhyne said he is asking people to use caution if they head out onto the roads Friday.

“Give our operators a lot of room and a lot of grace. Big pieces of equipment moving around in bad conditions allow us to plow the snow out of the way and spread some salt,” Rhyne said.

Another tip: officials said it's important to remember we are still in a pandemic. If you head over to check on the elderly and others, make sure to wear a mask and keep your distance.

Click here for closings across the Piedmont Triad.

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