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Over the weekend, icy conditions in and around Asheville had traffic at a standstill on many local roadways. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, some drivers were stuck on primary roads, highways and interstates for hours at a time. Some roads, including Interstate 40 at the bottom of Old Fort Mountain, had to be closed for safety. Highway patrol troopers in Western North Carolina report nearly 400 calls for service during the wintery weather conditions. Some of the roads were so slippery that first responders couldn’t get to the wreckage. Many people abandoned their vehicles to walk home in the cold. Listed below are AAA’s tips for safe driving in winter weather conditions.

AAA’s Tips For Winter Weather Driving Safety

  • Stay home, if you can.
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Officials with the Asheville Police Department (APD) are calling on motorists to clear snow and ice from their vehicles before getting behind the wheel. The APD’s Facebook page recently shared a viral dash-cam video of a driver’s window being struck and shattered by a flying chunk of ice that dislodged from the car in front of it. It may take a few extra minutes, but it’s absolutely essential to clear all snow and ice from your car before hitting the road. Just scraping your windows isn’t enough. If you leave ice and snow on your vehicle, it can melt, blow off and dislodge while you’re driving. Even at relatively low speeds, it’s a recipe for disaster for the cars and trucks behind you.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety Storm Stats

  • Over 4,600 calls for assistance were made to the State Highway Patrol.