Crews out in force to keep roads safe Friday

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News 5 checked in with crews in Carter County Friday to find out how they are handling Friday's snow.

Todd Sluder worked much of Friday clearing the roads on Roan Mountain.

"There was about two inches at the top of Hughes Gap when I came up the first time," Sluder said. "If it's slick out and you're not comfortable, just don't be out. If you are out, and it's slick, just take your time."

At last check, Carter County has not seen too many wrecks Friday.

"I did talk to the 911 center earlier and they advised that luckily right now they've just had a couple of fender-benders, but please, if you have to be out, just remember to drive real safely and slow down your speed," Billy Harrell with the Carter County EMA said.

Harrell added that it's important to be prepared for the worst.

"Try to carry a disaster emergency kit with you, which includes some extra water, some snacks, and always include a flashlight," Harrell said.

Harrell also added you should have a first aid kit, extra clothes, an ice scraper, and jumper cables as those items could be vital if you become stranded in the cold and you need to conserve resources if you are stuck.

"Only run your car long enough to take the chill out, Harrell said. "You don't want to continuously run your car, because it will run the gas out, run the fuel out, and so you want to try to keep your fuel supply."

Another piece of advice Harrell gave is that you should check your vehicle's tire pressure checked. Having tires properly inflated will help keep traction on icy roads.

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