City of Asheville is prepared for road impacts from overnight wintry weather

Loading salt spreader truck
Asheville Public Works is loading salt into its spreaders and attaching plows to its trucks Monday to be in a state of readiness should we need to treat icy roads.

 

Find the latest Tuesday updates at this link.

 

Monday, Nov. 11:

In preparation for the cold front moving our way, the Asheville Public Works Department is preparing for any snow or ice that may come with it.

 

The National Weather Service forecast has been fairly consistent for the last 36 hours.

 

Rain is expected to begin around 1 a.m. Tuesday and continue until around 8 a.m. At that time the temperatures will drop to a level that snow is possible. These conditions should exist for only an hour or so, and then the moisture will move out of the area. If the moisture stays longer, there could be more snow.

 

The temperatures will continue to drop to subfreezing levels after the moisture is gone.

 

“Black ice will be a major concern,” said Public Works Director Greg Shuler.

 

Public Works staff will monitor the known areas and take proactive measures to ensure the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

 

Transit and Sanitation routes will be evaluated, as will school zones, though schedules for all could be delayed. Any weather-related ART bus route delays will be posted on the Transit Service Alerts webpage, as well as on the City of Asheville Facebook page and Twitter feed.

 

Public Works will have staff on hand beginning at 11 p.m. tonight and others on standby, should they be needed. “We are also preparing plow trucks and salt spreaders today,” Shuler said.

 

The City of Asheville will communicate with Asheville City Schools, if needed to provide current conditions so that they can make informed decisions as to their schedules.

Any snow or freezing rain should be out of the area by mid-morning, but freezing and black ice will persist

 

Our Water Department may see some lines burst due to the unseasonably cold temperatures on Tuesday. If you experience an interruption in water, please call Customer Service at 828-251-1122.

 

Please be careful in your travels tomorrow.

 

Related: The Asheville Homeless Coalition has called a Code Purple for Tuesday and Wednesday. Find resources for people who need shelter at this link.