Posted: Tuesday, February 11th 2014 at 7:21am
GDOT crews busy across N. Ga.; some lanes becoming impassable on I-75
By The Associated Press
Snow began falling across north Georgia in the hours just before daybreak today, with some lanes becoming impassable on I-75 in the northwestern corner of the state - and Georgia Department of Transportation crews are busy in several counties.
From Rabun County to Gainesville, Cartersville and Dalton, snow, heavy at times, was falling.
State transportation officials say that some lanes of Interstate 75 between Chattanooga and Atlanta's northwest suburbs were becoming impassable.
Authorities say that some of the iciest conditions were being reported around Calhoun.
The Georgia Department of Transportation reported that some lanes of southbound I-75 were blocked in the Resaca area just north of Calhoun shortly before 7:00.
Nearby, on the east edge of Calhoun, authorities reported that some northbound lanes of I-75 were blocked.
WSB-TV reported that vehicles were using one lane on the interstate to get through the area.
GDOT CREWS AT WORK IN SEVERAL COUNTIES IN NE GA.
“Currently it is snowing across Northeast Georgia but not sticking to roadways. Crews are plowing snow in higher elevations specifically in the Mountains. We ask you to please stay home and not drive unless it is an emergency,” said Bayne Smith, District Engineer for Northeast Georgia, in the 8:00 update issued by the district office in Gainesville.
Georgia DOT – in conjunction with Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) – is prepared to respond to two likely winter weather events: one is underway now through approximately Noon, today, and a second likely to begin tonight and continue until perhaps Thursday morning. Both will involve possible snow, freezing rain and ice.
Crews are plowing snow and spreading salt and gravel on the roadways at the following locations:
· SR 136 across Burnt Mountain in Dawson County
· SR 2 and SR 15/US 441 in Rabun County
· SR 60 in Lumpkin County
· SR 11/US 129 over Blood Mountain in White and Union Counties
· SR 17 in Stephens County
(AccessNorthGa.com's Ken Stanford contributed to this story.)
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