Snow Storm Heading Toward Mountains, Foothills

WATAUGA COUNTY, NC — Saturday could mean round two of snow in one week in the mountains.

“When they are predicting two feet of snow, you better be prepared for it,” said Cathy Miller.

WCCB Charlotte caught up with Miller as she filled up her gas tank in Boone Friday.

“It could be days before the gas trucks can get up the mountain,” said Miller.

Up here, the North Carolina Department of Transportation had already laid deicing brine on roads in Watauga, Avery and Ashe Counties by Friday night.

Snow on the sidewalk was the only sign left of Wednesday’s snow storm.

From Boone to Blowing Rock, main roads are clear.

Crews can start fresh. They’re already in place, prepared to plow as soon as the first flakes fall Saturday.

“We are ready to go now, and it was a lot of shoveling last time so this is gong to be a lot more,” said Matt LoPiccolo.

He says some people are heading toward the storm, filling up the AirBnB spots where he works because they want to experience the snow.

In the foothills, DOT has staged equipment and materials in Caldwell and Burke Counties.

When you wake up, you could see road crews at critical spots on Interstate 40 and Highway 321.

They are working to keep roads passable.

Crews in Hickory hope this is a three or four day event so the DOT can relieve people working around the clock.

Crews expect refreezing in the overnight hours, causing a black ice concern.

Folks in the mountains warn those in the foothills to at least get water before it starts.

“If we lose power, it could be days without power, and you got to have water. We tell people to fill up their bathtub jut for flushing the toilet,” said Miller.

If you know someone who might need financial assistance heating their homes in the cold winter, the NC Department of Health and Human Services has money set aside to help. To get more information, click here.