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DOT: All hands on deck ahead of possible snowstorm

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Maintenance crews are hard at work preparing for what could be a big snowstorm.

DOT crews in Greenville are preparing for the possibility of four to eight inches of snow in Pitt County.

They have eight trucks going throughout the county, dropping salt brine on as many roads as they can.      

The brine is a mixture of salt and water that keeps ice from forming on the roads and makes it easier for DOT to clear the snow.
    
DOT says it's all hands on deck. They have more than 20 people helping to mix the salt brine, spread it on the roads, and more.

The DOT says the hardest part about preparing for the snow is not knowing how much we're going to get. They're grateful that this storm isn't expected to bring any rain ahead of the snow.

The East has had two snowfalls since November. The previous two cost more than $16 million in the North Carolina Department of Transportation's snow removal budget.

The NCDOT budgeted $30 million for the whole year. So more than half the budget's already gone.

In Greenville, once the snow falls roads like U.S. 264 and Highway 11 will be among the first crews will hit up.

"Our main focus is on those bigger roads that carry the most traffic. As we get those clear, of course we'll work out into the county, in the rural areas, and clear those roads when we can," said Jeremy Stroud of the NCDOT.

The agency says as long as this is the last snow storm of the season their budget will be in good shape. If not, they may go in the red.

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