Posted: Wednesday, November 27th 2013 at 9:58am
Snow, rain move out of N. Georgia, replaced by strong winds, bitter cold
Today's high in Gainesville is expected to reach only 40 with brisk winds keeping wind chills in the 20s until nightfall, when, as the temperature heads toward a low of 24, wind chills drop into the teens.
GAINESVILLE – Snow covered the ground in parts of North Georgia this morning, part of a storm system that is hitting the Eastern Seaboard. The snow has moved out of the region, only to be replaced by strong winds and bitter cold.
Today's high in Gainesville is expected to reach only 40 with brisk winds keeping wind chills in the 20s until nightfall, when, as the temperature heads toward a low of 24, they drop into the teens.
Around the country, rain, snow and freezing rain are causing mammoth Thanksgiving Eve traffic and flight delays. (See separate story.)
Georgia DOT crews began spreading salt and stone in Union County about 6:30 as a dusting of snow covered some mountain areas.
Crews were in Towns, Union and White counties monitoring conditions in the higher elevations and known trouble areas. The only active crew was in Union County, working on State Rout 11/US 129 over Blood Mountain from White County to Union County to provide traction on roadways.
Snow flurries were reported as far south as Atlanta and as far west as Carrollton. For the rest of North Georgia, however, the precipitation was in the form of a cold rain.
Now the problem is high winds.
“Please be careful today as you travel today. High winds are blowing down trees across the region and could be a hazard if they fall in the roadway. Our crews will work to remove them as quickly as possible,” said Georgia DOT District Engineer Bayne Smith.
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