With winter weather headed for North Georgia on Monday evening and Tuesday morning, Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services are cautioning residents to be careful and stay off the road if possible.
Dawson County Fire Chief Danny Thompson said the main weather front is expected to hit northwest Dawson County with flurries of snow on Monday evening and Tuesday\morning.
“I think most of what we’re going to see is we’ll probably see some snow flurries in and around Dawson County, but most of the accumulations will be in areas 2000 feet or above which is really the northwest side of the county,” Thompson said. “So Big Canoe, the Monument Road area, Highway 136, Eagle’s Nest and that direction.”
According to Thompson, while snow flurries have already begun in the most northwestern parts of the county, all local roads are currently still drivable since the weather over the past weekend has stayed fairly warm.
“Everything is still good right now and the road temps are actually still pretty warm,” Thompson said. “We’ve experienced some 70 degree temps over the last few days so it’s kind of a good thing that we haven’t had the roads get completely cooled off yet.”
Thompson said that the main thing for Dawson County residents need to remember is to stay away from the possibly hazardous roads when the snow flurries and winter weather does hit .
“My first instruction always with winter weather is to stay off the roads,” Thompson said. “If you don’t have to be on the roads stay off the roads.”
Thompson said that the best way to stay updated with the county’s weather conditions is to follow the Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services Facebook page, where he and his team will be posting updates throughout the evening.
“We’re continuing to monitor throughout the evening and we will update any road closures or any hazardous road conditions and we’ll put it on Facebook,” Thompson said. “We’ll have crews in place throughout the evening monitoring those roads, and then I think the school board is monitoring the road conditions too and they’ll put out notifications via their Remind app.”
With the Winter Weather Advisory for North Georgia, the Dawson County School System announced on Facebook that system staff would be monitoring the weather throughout the night.
The Dawson County News will also be tracking any winter weather and will provide updates via social media and dawsonnews.com.