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Many people enjoyed the day off Monday after Catawba County was blanketed with snow and ice.¬†
However, public works departments worked around the clock to clear the icy mess and ensure the safety of¬†travelers in the area.¬†
In Newton, public works crews arrived on the job Monday at 5 a.m. Public Works director Wilce Martin¬†said crews started scraping streets and spreading salt/sand mixture on roadways in anticipation of the¬†winter weather. The department has four crews of about four men each who will work to clear snow, ice¬†and other accumulation. ¬†"We'll have crews out here all night," Martin said. "They'll be here around the clock."¬†
Like Newton, Conover crews were also on the job early Monday morning. Conover's public works crews¬†were on standby Monday at 4 a.m. They worked throughout Monday to clear the layer of snow¬†blanketing roadways.
"It's going pretty smoothly," said Conover Public Works director Jimmy Clark.¬†
Clark said the department anticipates working on snow removal for the next 36 hours as the storm¬†continues to move through the region.
Secondary and subdivison roads in Conver remained slushy Monday, and Clark encouraged residents to¬†travel only if necessary. He said residents can contact the department through emergency services to¬†report problems.¬†
For those residents who must venture out onto roadways, the North Carolina Department of¬†Transportation advised motorists to use extreme caution and drive slowly.¬†
If drivers hit a slick spot and start to slide, the NCDOT suggests drivers take their foot off the gas pedal¬†and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide.¬†
The National Weather Service forecasted snowfall of 1-2 inches Monday in Catawba County, but the¬†winter weather wasn't supposed to stop there.
Monday's snow was expected to turn into a wintry mix¬†Monday evening, with a chance of precipitation at 90 percent.¬†
According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm warning is in effect for the Hickory Metro¬†until noon Tuesday. ¬†A mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow is forecasted for Tuesday morning, with the chance of precipitation at 30 percent.¬†
The NCDOT sprayed salt brine on primary roads and bridges in Alexander, Catawba and Iredell¬†counties. ¬†According to the NCDOT's website, workers plowed snow and spread salt, as needed.¬†
Temperatures hovered Monday in the mid- to upper-20s. Temperature highs are expected to remain in¬†the low 40s for the remainder of the week, making travel potentially treacherous for the next few days.¬†
Duke Energy reported 378 power outages Monday at noon in North and South Carolina. Only of of those¬†more than 300 outages was reported in Catawba County.¬†