Maggie Valley road crews to work overnight

By Jessi Stone Assistant editor | Feb 12, 2014

Maggie Valley officials are warning people to stay off the roads as conditions are expected to worsen throughout the day and overnight.

"All of the roads are bad so residents just need to stay at home," said Mike MeHaffey, Maggie Valley public works director.

Mehaffey has six public works employees on duty right now trying to get town roads cleared, but the snow is still falling.

With 12 inches predicted, he said his crews would be working overnight to try to keep up.

Even Cataloochee Ski Area is shutting down at 4:30 p.m. today as a precaution and will not reopen for night skiing. As of Wednesday afternoon, the ski area plans to be open at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

Maggie Valley Police Chief Scott Sutton said it was business as usual at the police department. As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, he said his officers had only worked one minor wreck in town.

He said Soco Road was completely covered with snow and the side roads were becoming impassable. He also advised residents not to risk getting out on the roads if they can avoid it.

Maggie Valley Town Hall closed at 10 a.m. Wednesday because of the inclement weather. As of Wednesday, the Board of Aldermen has a regular board meeting scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday morning.