Winter Storm Pax may be moving out, but it has left a mess on local roads. So Barrow County Emergency Services is asking local residents to continue staying off roadways.
"With all the sleet, freezing rain and snow that fell over the last two days, the roadways are covered and in bad shape," said Lt. Scott Dakin. "We are strongly advising citizens that if they get out on the roadways, they are still doing so at their own risk."
County road crews are back out on the roads plowing and spreading salt, but it is going to take time for conditions to improve enough to make the roads safe for travel, he said.
"With temperatures not expected to rise above freezing before noon, we are not going to get the melting effect to assist in clearing the roads," Dakin said. "Then tonight we will drop below freezing again; so you will want to monitor conditions before deciding what to do on Friday."
According to Barrow County Emergency Services Interim Chief John Skinner, the county's Emergency Operations Center will start closing around noon.
Though some local residents did not heed public safety warnings about staying off the roads, the vast majority did.
"With the roadways in the shape they were in overnight this could have been a catastrophic storm that would have been historical; instead it was handled easily by the staff we had on," he said.