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

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.


Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.