WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A thick coat of ice lines most of the roads in southeastern North Carolina and people need to be prepared for slick and treacherous conditions through Friday.
According to Jerry Taylor with the Department of Transportation, ice will stick on the roads until temperatures start to get warmer later in the week.
DOT Engineers say while they've been hitting as many roads as possible with salt and plows, bigger roads like MLK Parkway and I-40, however, have been the primary concern for roadwork.
Plows and salt trucks are expected to hit the roads and continuously work on heavily-traveled roads until you can see pavement.
Even if you see plows on the streets, the roads are still very slick and dangerous. It is best to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.
"I understand that folks are beginning to get restless at home and are wanting to venture out," said Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram. "Most secondary roads are completely impassable at this time and the main roads are still very icy and dangerous as well."
There have been multiple accidents and disabled vehicles across the area as a result of the extreme icy conditions.
"I am asking citizens to please stay off the roads until conditions improve," said Ingram. "Emergency officials are out and about and our 911 center is operating in the event of emergencies. Again, we want everyone to be safe. Getting on the roads under these dangerous conditions puts the public in danger as well as emergency responders."
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