Don't drive on black ice, and slow down says
Richard Cooper, director of the Gordon County Emergency Management Agency.
Cooper said that no roads have been closed, but some have become "slushy" due to snow that have been driven on for several hours.
"If you see black ice on a bridge, don't drive on it," Cooper said.
He is reminding all drivers to slow down and be cautious.
"Be safe," he said.
Snow is falling around the state, and Savannah is gearing up its first snowfall in 14 years. Savannah maintenance workers loaded dumptrucks with sand Friday in anticipation of slick roads as rain was forecast to turn to snow after sundown. Police urged drivers to be extra careful.
The National Weather Service included Savannah in a winter storm warning covering most of Georgia. Forecast-ers say 1 to 3 inches could fall in Georgia, with the heavier snow forecast for the areas south of Atlanta.
Friday’s snow was spread across the South from Texas to the Florida Panhandle and then up along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina, bringing a rare white landscape to spots that haven’t seen snow in a decade or longer.
The storm was crawling east out of Texas, where it left the Dallas area with more than a foot of snow, nearly 200 traffic accidents, thousands without power and hundreds of canceled flights.
Far less snow was falling in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, though the effect was still crippling.
Just the anticipation of an inch of snow was enough to close schools in the Florida Panhandle, while classes also were canceled in parts of Alabama. Nearly two-dozen school districts closed across Georgia because of the snow forecast.
Airlines canceled hundreds of flights Friday as snow pounded parts of the South and threatened to dump several inches of white on Atlanta, home to the world’s busiest airport.
Delta Air Lines and its feeder partners canceled 1,100 flights in anticipation of 2 to 4 inches of snow in the metro Atlanta area.
Winter weather preparations kicked into high gear today as the Georgia DOT maintenance crews in District Six in Northwest Georgia gassed up trucks equipped with snow plows and salt and stone spreaders, and readied them in case roads become covered with snow or ice.