Friday will bring sleet, freezing rain

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 09:48 PM

The Union County area will see some sleet and freezing rain Friday but not much more.

Weather forecasts of wintry mixes for Friday have been reported in various areas across the state.

The sleet and freezing rain expected in the Union County area will likely end around 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. that day, Tom Kines, a senior meteorologist with Accuweather.com, said.

"It'll come in during the afternoon," he said.

The temperature Friday is expected to be below freezing but after the sleet and rain ends, weather conditions are expected to be much dryer. The sun will come out on Saturday and the temperature is expected to be in the 40s, he said.

Light snow and sleet is expected to begin in the mountains Friday morning with light sleet and freezing rain possible in Charlotte, according to news partner WSOC-TV.

Thursday afternoon, crews began to pre-treat area roads with a salt brine solution. Officials planned to reassess the situation Friday afternoon after the rain and sleet was expected to start, David Gillette, a county maintenance engineer for Union County with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

NCDOT crews in other parts of the state also pretreated roads Thursday, according to a statement from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Statewide, more than 1,900 trucks are equipped with snowplows and graders, 325 front-end loaders and backhoes and 450 motor graders. NCDOT has 146,500 tons of salt on hand. When it snows or sleets, statewide it requires 40,000 tons of salt to treat roads. Throughout the greater Charlotte area, salt brine was applied to interstates, U.S. and N.C. routes, bridges, ramps and main lines of primary roads, according to the statement.

The NCDOT reminds drivers to leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and the trucks spraying brine.

NCDOT tips when precipitation begins:

- Slow down

- Remember bridges and overpasses freeze first

- Put cell phones away

- Use only gentle pressure on both the accelerator and the brakes to avoid skidding

- Give other motorists plenty of room in case you or the other drivers begin to slide