Morning commutes in Gainesville and Hall County should not be as hazardous as forecasted on Monday as temperatures remained above freezing overnight and into the early morning hours.
The National Weather Service reported the temperature at 35 degrees at 6:30 a.m., as measured at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville. The wind chill was 29 degrees.
Casey Ramsey, interim director of the Hall County Emergency Management Agency, told The Times early Tuesday morning that his team had monitored temperatures all night and never saw it dip below 35 degrees.
“We’re looking good,” he said, adding that no major thoroughfares, highways or neighborhood roads in Hall had to be treated with salt or brine to keep conditions from becoming dangerously slick. “It doesn’t look like it’s going to cause issues for travel.”
The rain had tapered off by early morning, as well, to mostly a drizzle.
Ramsey said he had crews out in the morning checking conditions from south to north Hall, and some outer lying areas of the county may have been colder overnight.
But, he added, no significant impacts have been reported, and the potential for black ice remained limited even the most remote parts since the freezing temperatures would not last long.
The forecast for Tuesday calls for partly sunny skies with mild winds out of the northwest at 5 mph and a high temperature near 50 degrees.
Ramsey said the threat for icy roads will officially end “as soon as the sun breaks.”
Local public school districts are still delaying the start of school Tuesday for two hours.
“Our (school resource officers) have completed the road check, and we will implement our two-hour delay as planned,” Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield said in an email. “Be careful as there are very limited patches of black ice and standing water.”
Schofield said schools would end at normal times and decisions about whether extra-curricular activities would be held will be made at the school level.
Closings and delays
- Gainesville City Schools: Delayed 2 hours
- Hall County Schools: Delayed 2 hours
- Lakeview Academy: Opening at 10:30 a.m.
- Dawson County Schools: Online learning day, 12-month employees report at 10 a.m.
- Forsyth County Schools: Delayed 2 hours
- Habersham County Schools: Closed
- Lumpkin County Schools: Closed, 12- month employees report at 10 a.m.
- University of North Georgia: Opening at 10 a.m.
- Brenau University: Opening at 10:30 a.m.
- Meals on Wheels: Services canceled
- Senior Life Center: Closed
- Gainesville Connection and Dial-A-Ride transit: Will start service at 10 a.m.
- Frances Meadows Center: Opening at 10 a.m.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Monday that the opening of state government would be delayed until 10 a.m.
“Our top priorities are to ensure the safety of Georgians and to allow the Georgia Department of Transportation to keep our roads as safe as possible,” Deal said in a press release Monday. “I encourage those in affected areas to remain off of the roads early tomorrow morning. We will continue monitoring the weather and will provide updates as necessary.”