Even with the freezing temperatures that hit North Georgia overnight, Dawson County officials say that as of 7 a.m. no state, county or city roads have been closed due to icy weather.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday morning, Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services said that anyone that comes across a roadway with icy conditions should call and report it to the 911 dispatch center at (706) 344-3636.
PREVIOUS STORY: Dawson County residents are warned to use caution when driving and to avoid unnecessary travel from Monday evening through to Tuesday morning as roadways are treated ahead of a potential flash freeze, according to a press release by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Rain on Monday afternoon followed by cold air Monday evening could lead to black ice on roadways from Monday evening through Tuesday morning, according to the release. Because of this, GDOT crews began brine treatment of interstates, state routes, bridges and overpasses.
“Crews in Northeast Georgia will monitor conditions and continue treatment overnight on bridges and roadways in Union, Towns, Lumpkin, White and Dawson counties,” the release said. “Motorists are advised to avoid unnecessary travel.”
Drivers have also been warned to watch for GDOT trucks treating the roadways.
“Please be aware of the brine trucks in your areas given they must travel 40 mph to properly apply the treatment,” the release said. “Pay attention to Georgia DOT trucks spreading materials and stay back a safe distance.”
In a release by the National Weather Service, several Northern and Central Georgia counties including Dawson were told to expect cold weather and possible black ice, so drivers should use extreme caution.
"Across far Northwest Georgia and the North Georgia mountains, as the cold front pushes in behind the storm system this evening, rain could change to light freezing rain, sleet or snow,” the release said. “Any accumulations are expected to be very light, however with temperatures falling into the 20s, some roads may become icy from winter precipitation or the refreezing of water on roadways.”
Both releases caution residents to remain alert, to avoid unnecessary travel and to monitor the latest conditions.
Dawson County residents can monitor the latest weather conditions by checking the Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dawsoncountyes/.