Cleveland County preparing for icy conditions

Crews are preparing to treat roads in Cleveland County tonight as freezing rain and icy conditions are expected going into Wednesday morning. 

Highway 74 is one of the roads where you'll see salt spreaders Tuesday night. A North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) official says the amount of ice they're expecting shouldn’t be any thicker than a quarter, but that doesn't mean it won't be dangerous.

They plan to roll out its trucks at midnight to spread salt and sand on the roads in areas like Shelby.

“Black ice is very dangerous. It's not visible you may not see it until it's too late,” said Cleveland County Emergency Management Director Perry Davis.

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NCDOT is sending two trucks to Highway 74, putting two spreaders on I-85, and splitting up four more trucks on the northern and southern ends of Cleveland County. 

“In our northern end of the county we have a lot of those roads that are treacherous in this time so if you're in that portion of that county, be especially mindful,” Davis said.

FOX 46 asked for plans on specific towns in the county that typically have problem spots.

If you live in Casar, Lawndale, Polkville, or Fallston, Davis says be prepared for potentially dangerous road conditions for your Wednesday morning commute.

“Problem spots are shaded areas that have tree coverage on both sides that don't get a lot of sunshine and any low lying areas,” Davis said. 

Drivers are encouraged to use caution throughout the late evening hours into the morning.

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