FLORENCE, S.C. -- SCDOT crews Monday shuttled salt from the state salt dome in Columbia to Florence ahead of a forecast ice storm.
Salt deliveries just aren't an option right now, Ray George district maintenance engineer, said Monday.
"We're going to get as much salt as we can ahead of the storm," George said.
Other regions throughout the state are likely doing the same thing, George said.
Road crews have the time and equipment available to do this since they won't be brining the roads ahead of the storm.
"When it rains first it washes away the salt residue and it's a waste of material," George said.
Beyond salt runs to Columbia, George said district crews will check their equipment to make sure it is ready to roll Tuesday morning.
"Of course, it worked a couple weeks ago," George said, alluding to a similar storm that struck the area at the end of January.
Crews will also make the final personal preparations they need to make before the district goes to 24-hour staffing Tuesday morning.
"They're calling for a good bit of ice," George said of the weather forecast.
Ice is the worst-case scenario for a Southern winter storm
George said downed trees and power lines that frequently accompany ice storms make it difficult for road crews to plow and spread salt.
On the plus side, he said, the temperature would likely cooperate and make road crews' jobs easier.
Salt used by road crews is effective when pavement temperatures remain above about 20 degrees and the current forecast has temperatures forecast to remain within a couple degrees either direction of freezing -- 32 degrees.
Road crews' primary responsibility will be maintaining Interstate 95 and they'll hit major Pee Dee roads second.
Clearing efforts will closely mirror what residents saw with the storm two weeks back, George said.
Duke Progress Energy officials are watching and waiting for the weather forecast to stabilize so they know where they can best position their resources, Ryan Mosier, company spokesman, said.
Like SCDOT crews, line crews are working down their check lists to be ready when they're deployed, Mosier said.
A day out of the storm, Mosier said the best thing utility customers could do is stay sharp, make sure they have bottled water on hand, a supply of batteries and a battery operated radio ready to go.
"The best thing folks in the community can do is pay attention," Mosier said.