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Warmer weather coming this week

POSTED: February 3, 2008 5:04 a.m.
Robin Michener Nathan/The Times

Matt Almand delivers mail to the Downtown Square on a cold and rainy Tuesday afternoon.

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Despite the freezing rain that fell on Hall County for part of Tuesday, it seemed that few problems lingered into the evening.

That’s likely a welcome relief to local folks and officials who spent the end of last week and the weekend dealing with almost back-to-back weather events that dumped snow and a bit of ice across the region.

Officials with the National Weather Service are predicting a mostly sunny day today, with a high in the lower 50s.

"There’s a 20 percent chance of rain (tonight)," said Barry Gooden, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

As far as more winter storms go, Gooden said it’s unlikely for the near future.

"(There will be) a chance of rain, (but) we’re not looking at any more freezing or frozen precipitation," he said.

After tonight, the next chance for rain will be Saturday, with a 40 percent chance during the day and a 50 percent chance at night.

On Tuesday, the Department of Transportation had not reported any ice on North Georgia’s roads.

"We haven’t had any reports of icing anywhere," said Teri Pope, communications officer for the DOT.

The DOT is keeping an eye on the weather and has its ear tuned to local law enforcement as to whether any ice is forming on the roadways.

In the meantime, "We’re trying to do a normal day’s work." Pope said.

An operator with Hall County’s dispatch center reported no problems on Hall County roads as of 9 p.m.

According to the DOT Web site, no roads in Northeast Georgia were reported closed due to the weather Tuesday night, except two which had been closed since last week. State Road 180 Spur leading to Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia, and part of the mountain scenic corridor on State Road 348 Richard Russell Scenic Parkway are closed. The two roads were to remain closed until today, according to the DOT Web site.

Times reporters Jeff Gill and Ashley Fielding contributed to this report.



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