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DOT crews finish winter work in mountains
Warmer temperatures on the way for region
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The Georgia Department of Transportation has finished battling snow and sleet in parts of Northeast Georgia.

DOT crews spent the morning working on roads in Banks, Dawson, Habersham, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

Ga. 180 Spur in Towns County and the top one-third of Ga. 348/Richard Russell Scenic Parkway in Union and White counties were closed "to prevent motorists from being caught in hazardous conditions," said Teri Pope, spokeswoman for the DOT's Gainesville office.

"These roadways will reopen only after temperatures are well above freezing at their highest elevations," Pope said.

Meanwhile, all is clear in Hall County, where residents woke up to wet but not icy roads.

Today's forecast calls for rain mainly before 1 p.m., then cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 40s. Wednesday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high temperature of 63, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

Conditions are expected to improve in the mountains, as well, with mostly cloudy skies this afternoon and mostly sunny on Tuesday and highs in the upper 50s.