Old Fort Mtn. shut down for multiple incidents, icy roads

MCDOWELL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT/FACEBOOK

This picture from McDowell Emergency Management's FB page shows the situation on Old Fort Mountain. Avoid the area if possible.

From McDowell Emergency Management:

Winter Weather Update:

The McDowell 911 Center continues to field calls related to motor vehicles crashes and stranded motorists in northwest sections of McDowell County. Emergency personnel are reporting icy conditions in Crooked Creek, parts of Old Fort, Buck Creek, NC 226 N and NC 226A.

I-40 is open in both directions.

As of 8 p.m. the following roads have active incidents:

Mt. Hebron Rd in Crooked Creek is shut down due to multiple stranded motorists.

NC 80 north of Lake Tahoma is shut down due to stranded motorists.

Bat Cave Rd near Mt. Hebron Rd - Motor vehicle crash.

Pine Cove Rd near Bat Cave Rd - Motor vehicle crash.

Travel is discouraged in NW sections of McDowell.

Please do not call 911 for road conditions. Call 511 for updated road condition information.

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I-40 westbound has now reopened. Expect delays and slow-moving traffic due to icy roads and conditions.

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Emergency officials are responding to multiple incidents on Old Fort Mountain, and I-40 is now shut down in that area.

At 3:45 p.m. McDowell Emergency Management (EM) advised of a threat for icy roads along the I-40 near Exit 73. Shortly after, EM announced Old Fort Mountain has been shut down due to icy roads.

A winter weather advisory, and a threat of dangerous weather, is now in effect until 10 p.m. tonight. There is a chance of freezing drizzle, freezing mist and light snow, according to the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg. Although little accumulation is expected, it will be enough to make roads slippery, especially bridges and overpasses.

The advisory includes western North Carolina, upstate South Carolina and northeast Georgia.

WLOS-TV said conditions are changing rapidly from Canton to Marion.

We will keep this post updated as more information becomes available. Share your weather information by following The McDowell News on Facebook and Twitter.

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