CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) say crews are prepared for whatever weather conditions Mother Nature sends in our direction.
We continue to track the potential for winter weather in the Lowcountry. Temperatures will be dipping into the low 30s overnight and there is a chance for freezing rain.
SCDOT will have crews working on 12-hour shifts starting at 7 p.m. Thursday night. Crews will begin pre-treating bridges at 8 p.m.
"We make sure our trucks are operational maintenance-wise. We load our trucks with salt, sand, and brine," SCDOT maintenance engineer Arnold Blanding said. "We'll take a closer look at the weather and try to forecast what the conditions will be throughout the night."
The American Red Cross is also prepared to step in for assistance.
Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties report they are closely monitoring the situation and ready to take action if needed.
"Whenever you have ice, it's important to be careful out on the roadways," Langley advised.
Make sure your cars have gas, good levels of air pressure and fluids, and take your time if you have to drive in any dangerous conditions.
"If you don't need to drive, don't. If you have to, slow down, leave a lot of distance between the cars around you, and be careful," Blanding said.
"It's always important to have a disaster supply kit in your car, just in case," Langley added.
For more information on driving in winter conditions, click this link.