City of Asheville crews prepare for worsening weather

From the city of Asheville:

ASHEVILLE – With Tuesday’s heavy rains anticipated to transition into snow and ice in the next 24 hours, city crews are preparing to respond.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Asheville, Buncombe County and the surrounding areas from midnight tonight until 6 p.m. Wednesday. That advisory comes on the heels of an NWS flood watch that remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The city’s Public Works Department has 16 trucks ready with salt/sand spreaders loaded in case of ice and snow on the roads, however, travel is strongly discouraged in the case of winter precipitation.

Additionally, the NWS has issued a high wind warning through 6 p.m. Wednesday, which, alongside freezing weather and saturated soil, could lead to fallen trees and power outages. To report a power outage, please call Duke Energy Progress at 1-800-769-3766 or go to www.progressenergy.com.

City of Asheville Water Resources Crews are also on call 24 hours a day in case of water line breaks. In the case of a waterline break, please call (828) 251-1122.

As always, the Asheville Fire and Police Departments are standing by to assist in case of emergencies. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.


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