While the possibilities of any serious amounts of snow remain low, the Georgia Department of Transportation says it's ready.
According to GDOT spokesperson Natalie Dale, nearly 2,000 employees are on call in case of any emergencies.
Dale said that the agency is in communication with the National Weather Service to determine the best time to start treating the roads. The current plan is begin around 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Since 2015 (or a year after the infamous "SnowJam"), crews have used a brine pre-treatment in metro Atlanta. It's a mixture of salt and water and is used as a preventative treatment to limit the bonding of the ice to the pavement. GDOT has 11 brine trucks with the capacity of 200,000 gallons.
"So last year we only had about one row of these blue storage containers," Dale said. "Now we have about three rows deep of them."
It's a proactive step which should limit back ice during winter precipitation.
"Getting this brine down before a storm system comes in allows us to better deal with ice on the road," Dale said. "It lowers the temperature at which ice will bind with the road, make the roads not safe - but safer for us to deal with and safer for the motorists in the long run."
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Statewide, GDOT has more than 54,000 tons of salt and 65,000 tons of gravel ready. They have 426 snow removal equipment units available.
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