For those tired of seeing the ice and snow remaining from last week’s storm, help is on the way.
Temperatures are expected to stay above freezing for the next few days, which will hopefully break the cycle of melted snow refreezing overnight.
“We’re expecting temperatures to be pretty reasonable. You should actually see the upper 50s there by Thursday for your high (temperature),” said Robert Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City. “If you have any more of the snow or ice on the ground from the storm that came through last week, you’ll be able to hopefully get rid of most of that with the rain helping melt that.”
There’s a 70 percent chance of rain throughout the day today, but Wednesday likely will be clear and sunny. There will again be a chance of rain Thursday and Friday.
“We’re expecting the rain to clear on out of here and next weekend to be quite sunny and a little bit cooler in the evening time,” Garcia said.
Local governments and schools are ready for relief from the lingering icy conditions.
Hall County Schools will be back in session today. But because of some still icy roads, officials are asking school bus riders to be flexible.
Children who live on roads that are icy should walk to the main road to catch the bus, said Aaron Turpin, a spokesman for the school system. Children should be at the main road five minutes prior to normal pickup time to ensure they’re not missed.
A number of roads in the North Georgia mountains are still under ice.
Union County Commissioner Lamar Paris said the county is still working to clear gravel roads and surface streets.
“We’ve still got a few roads and our crews will be going out tomorrow morning to continue scraping them,” Paris said.
“We’re hoping for rain because that’ll probably finish clearing it out.”
Paris said the county brought in private contractors to help clear the main roads shortly after the snow began to fall.
“While we got a lot of them graded, there was no way we could get to all 650 miles of roads before the freezing started,” Paris said.
Paris hopes there won’t be more winter weather anytime soon.
“We’re probably well over $100,000 (in costs for) the last two storms in snow removal and salt and gravel,” Paris said.