By Megan Boatwright
Channel 3 Eyewitness News Reporter

CHEROKEE COUNTY, NC (WRCB) --  Cherokee County locals knew they'd have snow for Christmas, they didn't know it'd end up being 13 inches.  In North Carolina the state handles road clean up.  They've been working around the clock. 

The snow began Christmas Day and didn't let up until Monday.  NCDOT plows hit the roads in full force.  Primary roads are clear Monday, but secondary roads remain traitorous.

"We're not used to this," says native Brad Muse.  "Three inches of snow is pretty heavy around here, 12-15 inches is amazing." 

Muse says he's never seen so much snow cover Cherokee County. 

"Most people don't know how to drive in this," he says.  "I wouldn't out I didn't have 4 wheel drive." 

Muse measured 15 inches in his neighborhood since Christmas day, way too much for North Coralina Department of Transportation crews to keep up.

"We're salting, scrapping and salting constantly," says NCDOT plow truck driver, Mark Pickens. 

Pickens spent 5 minutes with his family Christmas Day, in between working 12 hour shifts. 

"We're working secondary roads right now," he says.  They have their work cut out for them. Most secondary roads are impassable in anything other than 4-wheel drive vehicles.   

Jenna Helton has a perfect view of Highway 64 from inside her quick stop store. 

"A lot of people have been coming in here wanting to get milk and bread," she says.  "It's staple for snow."  Helton says the nonstop snow took everyone by surprise.

"It's crazy watching all the people go off and into the ditches," she says.