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Georgia road conditions expected to stay treacherous

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State and local officials are urging Georgians to avoid driving as a new layer of sleet and snow freeze throughout a large swath of the state.

Georgia Department of Transportation officials said they are expecting road conditions to remain treacherous into Thursday morning as sleet and freezing rain is expected to continue. GDOT is urging the public to avoid all but emergency travel until at least mid-day Thursday

Forecasters at the National Weather Service said they are expecting falling pieces of melting ice to pose threats to drivers and pedestrians near overpasses and tall structures on Thursday.

Forecasters are also anticipating wet roads to refreeze Thursday night, which could lead to patches of black ice.

Several inches of snow could accumulate in North Georgia while the area across the state between a line just north of Columbus, Macon, Warner Robins and Statesboro and extending northward to above Interstate Highway 20 are experiencing icing roadways, power lines and trees. Moreover, winds gusting to as much as 30 m.p.h. could cause limbs and trees to fall on power lines and roads. A State of Emergency remains in effect for 91 counties in this region.

"Please, this is a very serious situation," Georgia DOT Communications Director Karlene Barron cautioned on Wednesday. "The Department is utilizing all of its assets and available personnel to treat roadways but temperatures will remain below freezing throughout the day and travelling is still treacherous. It will be even more so after dark this evening when it is colder still and the risk of black ice forming is even greater."

GDOT has nearly 700 personnel and more than 360 trucks equipped with snow plows and/or salt-gravel mixture spreaders on duty; some 75 trucks working in the Metropolitan Atlanta area alone. The work is focusing on the Interstate Highway System and other heavily used federal and state roadways, with a goal of keeping them passable for first responders and emergency travel. Still, every road in this entire area is affected to some degree by the weather, especially lesser travelled routes which may not have been treated; again, all travel should be avoided if possible. Those who must travel for emergency purposes are advised to proceed slowly and cautiously; allow extra space between themselves and any other vehicles they encounter, avoid sudden braking or accelerating and stay well behind vehicles treating roadways.

GDOT crews are targeting the 2 right lanes of the interstates with salt and sand. If you must travel, use those lanes.

Here is a current list of reported icy conditions:

Alpharetta

Ice is present on most roadways, and current temperatures will ensure that treated roadways will quickly refreeze. It is recommended that the public refrain from vehicle travel for the remainder of this weather event due to road conditions.

Barrow County

  • SR 11 at SR 211
  • SR 11 from the Post Office to the Walton County line
  • SR 324 bridge over Railroad in Auburn

Bartow County

Tree down on Highway 140 near W Oak Grove St; Floyd/Bartow county line

Butts County

  • I-75 N @ mile post 201

Carroll County

  • SR 113 bridge over I-20

Catoosa County

  • I-75 S at Mile Post 348

Cherokee County

  • SR 372 NS at Hester Dr

Clarke County

  • Reported tree down on SR 10 Loop at SR 10/US 78

DeKalb County

  • Eastside Drive at Pleasant Woods Drive
  • Colonial Drive from Peachtree Road to Standard Road
  • South Hairston Road at Martin's Crossing
  • Eastside Drive at Wesley Chapel Road
  • South Hairston Road at Martin's Crossing
  • Perimeter Center Parkway from Lake Hearn to the Mariott Hotel
  • Houston Mill Road from Gatewood Road to Clifton Road
  • Dunwoody Club Dr. Ice / Snow Jett Ferry Rd. Bend Creek
  • S. Hairston Rd. @ Martin's Crossing Ice / Snow @ Martin's Crossing
  • Springfield Drive Power Lines Down Springfield Court
  • Harris Circle Power Lines Down
  • Clairmont rd HazMat Incident North Peachtree Peachtree IND Blvd
  • 3877 Panthersville Rd @ River Rd. Power Lines Down
  • Perimeter Center Pkwy Ice / Snow Lake Hearn Marriott Hotel
  • Eastside Dr. @ Pleasant Woods Dr. Ice / Snow Pleasant Woods Dr.
  • Eastside Dr at Wesley Chapel rd Ice / Snow at Wesley chapel rd
  • Houston Mill Rd. Ice / Snow Gatewood Rd. Clifton Rd.

Dawson County

  • SR 136 over Burnt Mountain
  • SR 53
  • SR 186

Floyd County

  • SR 156 NS at Near Mile Post 4

Forsyth County

  • SR 53 at SR 306
  • SR 20 from SR 400 across the Chattahoochee River to Gwinnett County
  • SR 369 at SR 400
  • SR 141 at Ronald Reagan Parkway
  • SR 369 bridges across Lake Lanier
  • SR 306 EW at SR 53: 2 lanes
  • SR 141 NS at Mile Post 6.36

Fulton County

  • Northridge Road between Roswell and Dunwoody Place is closed in Sandy Springs
  • Trees are down on Kayron Drive and the 2700 block of Spalding Drive in Sandy Springs

Gwinnett County

  • SR 20 from I-85 to Peachtree Industrial (mile post 9.33 to 4.18)

Habersham County

  • SR 17 NS at SR 365

Hall County

  • SR 369 bridges across Lake Lanier
  • Hall County Sheriff's Office has closed I -985 northbound at exit 16
  • Oakwood SR 53/Mundy Mill Rd.

Jackson County

  • I-85 NB & SB at Mile Post 145

Oglethorpe County

  • SR 10 between Cherokee Rd (mile post 11.84) to county line (mile post 17.32)

Paulding County

  • SR 61 NS at Mile Post 0 to Mile Post 25

Murray County

  • SR 52 E at Old Federal Rd (Fort Mountain)

Rockdale County

  • Parker Road Bridge is now closed in Conyers

Troup County

  • I-185 S @ I-85

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