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Winter weather in forecast cancels games, activities
GDOT crews treating roads in advance of Winter Weather Advisory

A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect at 5 p.m. today through 7 a.m. Wednesday as the National Weather Service is predicting snow this afternoon into tonight for Dawson County.

According to the NWS, a chance of rain after 2 p.m. could mix with snow after 5 p.m. today, with little or no snow accumulation expected. Light snow is likely overnight with new snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. 

The low tonight will be around 14 degrees, and the high on Wednesday will hover near 26.

The Georgia Department of Transportation this morning sent out a release stating that crews are actively treating roadways ahead of the Winter Weather Advisory in anticipation of hazardous road conditions. 

GDOT wants motorists to be aware of the brine trucks in the area, given they must travel 40 mph to properly apply the treatment, and asks drivers to pay attention to Georgia DOT trucks spreading materials and stay back a safe distance.

During hazardous winter weather conditions, Georgia DOT advises motorists to:

  • Call 5-1-1 to report icy conditions on interstates, state routes, overpasses and bridges;
  • If possible, postpone travel until daylight hours when road conditions such as black ice are more visible;
  • Pay attention to Georgia DOT trucks spreading materials and, stay back a safe distance;
  • Do not pass a Georgia DOT dump truck spreading the salt/gravel mixture, as gravel may kick up and could break car windshields — follow at least 100 feet behind Department vehicles;
  • Be aware of Georgia DOT and other emergency crews working to clear snow, ice, debris and potential downed trees or power lines from interstates and state routes;
  • SLOW DOWN at least half your normal speed and use a low gear as you drive;
  • Treat a non-working traffic signal as a four-way stop; and
  • Beware of icy patches (especially on bridges) and watch for fallen trees or power lines

Dawson County schools have begun cancelling after school activities but have not yet cancelled school on Wednesday. 

According to the Dawson County School System Board of Education Facebook page, in the event of school cancellation, Wednesday would be an online learning day.