Icy roads across North Georgia mountains

11:28 AM, Feb 3, 2013   |    comments
Others stuck in the snow. (Allison Chinchar, 11Alive)
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GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Transportation is warning drivers of icy roads through the North Georgia mountains.  

"Please stay off the roads until after temperatures are well above freezing," Billy Cantrell, Georgia DOT Maintenance Engineer for Northeast Georgia, said in a statement. "Intermittent snow flurries continue this morning in mountain counties and temperatures are hovering around the freezing mark. Isolated icing is happening on bridges in higher elevations."

Crews worked all day Saturday and through the night in Habersham, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties, with 25 dump trucks. They're expected to keep salting and plowing until 2 p.m. or the danger of icing is gone. 

For those who must drive Sunday, GDOT issued the following tips:

Stay off the roads unless it is an emergency. Choose caution and stay where you are instead of driving in hazardous winter weather conditions.

Slow down and stay behind the snowplows. The road behind the plow will be the safest place to drive. Allow at least ten car lengths between your vehicle and snowplows or hopper spreaders.

Do not pass. The plows are wide, and sometimes a group of trucks will work in tandem to clear snow quickly, especially on major highways.

Be particularly aware of possible black ice conditions on surfaces such as bridge decks and entrance and exit ramps until mid-morning when temperatures rise well above freezing.

Remember that technology helps, but only to a point. Four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes and traction control are beneficial advancements in today's cars, trucks and SUVs, but they can't take the place of good driving habits and the need to reduce speed on snowy or icy roads.  




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