The dusting of snow and sleet that fell overnight across Northeast Georgia kept crews with the Georgia Department of Transportation busy, but caused no real problems in the region.
“Crews worked in 10 counties overnight from Hall (County) north to the state line,” said Teri Pope, DOT communications officer.
“Thankfully it was mostly snow and that is much easier to remove from the roadways and snow doesn’t refreeze on roads or bridges.
The night’s work went well. Our action plan worked and crews were working on the roads less than one hour after the accumulations started. Our maintenance forces did their jobs well and the roads are safe for you to use.”
However, Ga. 180 Spur at Brasstown Bald and the northern section of Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway will remain closed until overnight temperatures are above freezing, Pope said.
The two roads normally close when the forecast calls for winter precipitation, but it could be several days before the overnight lows top 32 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
In Gainesville, Saturday night’s low is forecast at 19 degrees, with stiff winds, and in the low to mid-20s for the next three days.
Despite the cold temperatures, the winter weather isn’t expected to make another appearance anytime soon.
Those few flurries you woke up to this morning should clear out by mid-day with a high near 44 in Gainesville, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.
The cold and windy trend should hold for the entire weekend, with the mercury topping out at 36 on Saturday and Sunday’s high pushing 39. Wind gusts could be as high as 30 mph on Saturday.
Clouds don’t creep into the forecast until Wednesday, but Tuesday could be the warmest day all week with a high of 40 degrees.
If winter weather does strike again, Pope said the DOT is ready.
“We are thankful that this winter weather event is over. We stand ready to ensure our state routes and interstates are safe for you to use around the clock.”