Freezing rain made its way through Georgia on Friday. It didn’t impact the entire state, but it did cause some headaches for those living in portions of north Georgia.
The cold temperatures mixed with moisture to bring in a wintry mix fall late Thursday evening. The temperatures started dropping Friday morning and the ice began to form on some roadways.
Dozens of schools in the north Georgia area were closed for the day as a precaution. For a list of weather related closures, click here!
Troopers from the Georgia State Patrol tell FOX 5’s Chris Shaw they saw a peak of accidents around 9 a.m., but that it has since died down.
One of those accident occurred on Georgia Highway 53 near the Hall and Forsyth County line. A woman driving a white minivan crashed into a blue car. The woman said she was driving over a bridge, applied the brakes but couldn’t stop.
The driver of the blue car said driving conditions were difficult.
“You don’t realize that the brakes do not respond the way you’re used to, so it takes a few seconds to realize you are out of control,” said the driver.
Authorities were urging drivers to exercise caution while on the road, especially near overpasses and bridges.
With the departure of the precipitation, the Georgia Department of Transportation was able to shut down their Emergency Operations Center at 2 p.m., saying weather models from the National Weather Service no longer predicts severe conditions for the metro Atlanta area.
GDOT urges motorists to follow these tips during the icy conditions:
- Slow down and stay behind the spreading equipment. The road behind the truck will be the safest place to drive. Allow at least ten car lengths between your vehicle and hopper spreaders.
- Be particularly aware of black ice conditions on surfaces such as bridge decks and entrance and exit ramps.
- Remember that technology helps, but only to a point. Four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes and traction control are beneficial advancements in today’s vehicles, but do not take the place of good driving habits and the need to reduce speed on icy roads.
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