Local Preparations Being Made as Winter Weather Sweeps Northeast Georgia
ATHENS - Local preparations are underway as Athens-Clarke County residents expect a snow and ice storm to freeze northeast Georgia.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch warning beginning Monday evening at 7 p.m. and extending through Thursday morning.
Upon speaking with the National Weather Service around 10:00 a.m. this morning, Athens-Clarke County Streets & Drainage Superintendent Kevin Gentry warned of some possible snow Monday evening, but the chances of ice are of lesser concern while the temperatures remain above freezing.
The National Weather Service is categorizing the winter storm as two separate events, one called for Monday night and the other for Tuesday night and its extension into Wednesday. More freezing rain, sleet, and possible ice are expected Tuesday night, Wednesday, and into Thursday morning due to temperatures that are anticipated to dip below freezing.
Gentry assures Athens-Clarke County residents that necessary preparations are proceeding accordingly.
"We’ve got our work teams on stand-by; we’re going to go to 12-hour shifts around the clock starting tomorrow. This event has the potential for ice, so that could always bring down trees and power lines and things of that nature, so we’ve got our equipment ready for that."
The Streets & Drainage Division have 180 tons of sand, 3 sand-spreaders, various heavy equipment and fuel on hand for any extreme circumstances that may occur. Communications and preparations with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and the Emergency Management Administrator are being maintained.
Crews are working diligently to ensure the roads remain accessible.
Gentry advises those who do not need to drive in these conditions to stay safely indoors.
"I would recommend, if you have any place to go or anything to do, that you do it today."