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A few area roads still battling ice and snow
Temperatures expected to rise to 50 today
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Several North Georgia roads are still recovering from the Christmas Day snowstorm.

Ga. 348/Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway in White and Union counties has been closed since Saturday's weather system, which dumped snow across North and Middle Georgia on its way to the East Coast.

Subfreezing temperatures since then haven't helped thaw the popular road, which winds along high elevations.

The Georgia Department of Transportation predicts opening the road on Monday, spokeswoman Jill Goldberg said.

On its Navigator website, the DOT described a 10.5-mile stretch of the road as ice-covered.

Also, a three-mile stretch of Ga. 180 in Towns County is closed. The only other state route experiencing weather-related problems is Ga. 2 in Murray County in Northwest Georgia.

Meanwhile, all roads are clear in Hall County, said Jimmy Hightower, road maintenance supervisor.

The DOT did report briefly on Tuesday that Ga. 52 between Cape and Diamond Hill roads in the Gillsville area had "widespread icy patches" but was passable.

Hall County roads were mostly clear as early as Sunday, even as temperatures remained below freezing. High winds helped dry them, allowing holiday traffic to move freely.

Wintry weather is not expected for the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to rise to 50 today.

Daytime highs over the next few days, including New Year's Day, are expected to reach the upper 50s.

Rain is expected to move back into the area by Thursday night, however, with the chance for precipitation increasing each day through Saturday.

Skies are expected to clear by Sunday with a high near 55.