Barrow County public schools will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 29, due to the winter weather.
"Because of icy road conditions expected for Wednesday, school will be closed for the safety of our students and staff," said superintendent Wanda Creel. "All after-school activities are canceled as well."
Barrow County is under a “Winter Storm Warning.” Total accumulation was an inch or more. While the snow isn't deep, the roads are icy, and the Georgia Department of Transportation is urging area residents to stay put.
"Crews are working throughout Northeast Georgia," stated a press release issued at 12:13 a.m. Wednesday. State crews were working on Highway 211, Highway 81, Highway 82 and Highway 316 in Barrow County.
The county's emergency personnel also are monitoring road conditions and dispatching crews from Barrow County's Department of Roads and Bridges who have been salting and sanding local roadways. The county's Emergency Operations Center was activated at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Personnel from Barrow County Emergency Services, the Barrow County Sheriff's Office and Roads & Bridges are staffing the center to handle incoming calls and to direct resources. Barrow County manager Randall Dowling also was at the center Tuesday night.
Atlanta radio stations Tuesday afternoon reported “hundreds” of motor vehicle accidents in the metro area. The road conditions during rush hour led to gridlock, with Atlanta media reporting some afternoon commutes taking eight hours. Gov. Nathan Deal declared a State of Emergency throughout Georgia.
Tuesday night's meetings of the Barrow County Board of Commissioners and the Barrow County Board of Education both were postponed to Thursday, Jan. 30. The rescheduled BOE meeting will be at 6 p.m., and the BOC meeting will be at 7 p.m.