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The N.C. Department of Transportation says crews are responding to snow and ice on roads as far east as the Outer Banks and as far west as Northampton County.

DOT officials say most primary routes are in fair condition in Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties. However, the DOT officials say ice and snow still covers roadways in many locations.

Maintenance crews in these counties first spread salt brine on federal and state routes Tuesday to prevent ice from forming and adhering to road surfaces.

The DOT officials said that the brine washed away in some areas where the storm started as rain. They said that in areas where the storm began as frozen precipitation, the brine enabled maintenance crews to remove snow and ice from the road. They said secondary roads in these counties are still seeing large amounts of snow and ice.

The DOT officials say that crews will continue clearing roads and spreading salt in the northeastern part of the state throughout today, but that due to today’s anticipated low temperatures, the melting of snow and ice may be minimal.