With the threat of a “dire” storm looming, Georgia DOT dump trucks mounted with snow plows and spreaders are treating Northeast Georgia’s state routes and interstates. A mixture of winter precipitation is now falling throughout Northeast Georgia, it is snowing in Cumming to Gainesville to Athens and sleet south of there.
“This is a very dangerous ice storm and we strongly encourage the public to stay off the roads unless it is an extreme emergency” said Georgia DOT Commissioner Keith Golden.
Crews are plowing snow and spreading salt and gravel on state routes and interstates throughout the region. Heavy snow accumulations in Banks, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Madison, Stephens, Rabun, Towns, Union and White Counties recovers the roadway minutes after the snow is plowed off. Roadway conditions are treacherous. Do not travel in these counties – stay put, please. Additional traffic on the roads will compound already perilous conditions.
At approximately 9:00 pm last night, Georgia DOT crews began a systematic treatment and retreatment of metro area interstates, running their routes accompanied by the safety of the GSP escorts.
Latest weather predictions call for a “dire ice storm” that could include extreme black ice; 7+ inches of snow across Northeast Georgia; freezing rain with up to 1 inch of ice accumulation north and south of the I-20 corridor; and 20 -30 mph winds which increase the threat for widespread downed limbs, trees and power lines.