The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is urging the public to avoid traveling this weekend as weather forecasters call for a possible winter storm with snow and ice.

Approximately 2,500 SCDOT workers are prepared to work around the clock and use all available resources, including 60,000 tons of salt, over 525,000 gallons of salt brine, and 275,000 gallons of ice-breaking chemicals. Additionally, the state has contracts with private companies to position wreckers along interstates to help avoid potential lengthy backups.

Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said, “We are closely monitoring the forecast for this weekend but rest assured that SCDOT is preparing for a worst-case scenario and will begin pre-treating highways as early as Thursday, Jan. 13.”

The safety of drivers is a priority for the SCDOT. Everyone is reminded to avoid traveling during winter weather events, as snow and ice can make conditions hazardous on roadways.

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