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Icy patches remain on smaller shaded streets as major roads drivable in Hall
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Ice and snow collected on roads in Hall County and nearby counties on Jan. 17, 2018. - photo by Nick Bowman

Hall County’s major roads are drivable, but icy patches still remain on smaller shaded streets throughout the area.

Local and state government offices are either still closed or opening late on Thursday while temperatures remain below freezing through the morning. Road crews with Gainesville, Hall County and the Georgia Department of Transportation worked through the day and night beginning Wednesday spreading sand and treating roads throughout Hall.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday morning that road conditions are improving.

“The main roads are in mostly good shape,” said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks. “Shady spots are still icy, but if people will just take (it) easy through those areas they’re still passable.”

Hall County closed its emergency operations center at noon and returned to normal operations, according to Casey Ramsey, interim director of Hall emergency management.

“Road (maintenance) will continue to work until our roadways are safe for travel,” Ramsey said Thursday morning. “Temps will be cold again tonight, so some black ice is possible for those shaded areas that may have some water left.”

The emergency center's phone line is disconnected, according to Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley. Residents with nonemergency issues can reach dispatchers at  770-536-8812.

This story will be updated.

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