With winter weather expected, Hall County officials said they will put a new road condition tracking system to the test.
Law enforcers will cruise the streets and electronically update road conditions. They will use a scale of zero to 3 to rate whether roads are clear or impassible.
The staff at the emergency management center can then colorcode the numbers with red, yellow or green so crews can visually see conditions.
"We're very concerned and that's why we lean on one another here in Hall County," said Gordon Higgins, a spokesman for the district. "We want to get the best information we can to make the best decisions."
School officials were briefed by county officials Monday morning.
"We'd like to consider our snow and ice event of a week or so ago as a test run," said David Kimbrell, director of the county's Emergency Management Agency. "We were not shut down like Atlanta was. Our roads were actually in good shape."
Kimbrell said the county briefly tried out the road tracking system last Friday, but this week's winter weather will be the real test.
"It will be baptism by fire," said Kimbrell.
Hall County schools are closed Tuesday, though no decision has been made on whether classes will also be canceled on Wednesday.
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