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Troopers urge drivers to stay off area roads

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - If you're thinking about heading out the door Tuesday night, you might want to think again about driving.

The threat of ice, slush, and snow is real.

“I've never experienced a whole lot of snow before,” said Shelby Cook, driver. “I'm looking forward to it."

While many people like Shelby Cook are excited, local public safety and emergency crews sent a warning to drivers. With winter weather, the number of accidents sky rocket.

"Well, they're speed related. And that's the big thing,” said Doug Coley, Highway Patrol trooper. “Everybody needs to slow down. If you do have to go somewhere, you need to leave in plenty of time.

Trooper Coley says if you don't have to be on the roads, don't be.
    
"I don't plan on driving. Be just very slow, make sure you're watching for the black ice. I actually just got my car worked on," said Coley.
    
"I might, if the need arises,” said Matthew Corczyca, driver. “I'll probably stay inside if not."

The Department of Transportation in Pitt County has ten trucks ready to clear roadways. Yet, this isn't a mess you want to find yourself in.

It's not going to go away in the next couple of days. The temperatures are going to stay below freezing. So it may be Friday before we see some improvements.
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