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Zoo closes, NCDOT brines roads in anticipation of winter storm

Maintenance crews from the North Carolina Department of Transportation will conduct salt brine operations today on interstates, other main routes, bridges and overpasses in Wake, Durham and other counties in the Triangle area.

The National Weather Service predicts a 50 percent chance of snow by Monday evening, with sleet likely overnight and 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible. Brining helps prevent snow and ice from bonding with the road’s surface.

Meanwhile, the North Carolina Zoo said Sunday that it would close to the public until Wednesday because of the freezing wind chills and because Saturday’s strong winds blew down trees in the park that were blocking visitor access. The zoo said all the animals and staff are safe and no exhibits/buildings were damaged.