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Georgia Preps I-75 for Winter Storm This Weekend

Responding to the potential for the season’s first significant winter weather event, Georgia DOT crews have pretreated all major interstates, including I-75, across middle, east and north Georgia, spreading brine mixture. Brine is a mixture of salt and water is used as a preventative treatment and is intended to limit the bonding of the ice to the pavement. Brine operations started today at 7 a.m. on I-85 and 185 from the Alabama/Georgia state line and I-75 from Henry to Bibb County. These tankers will also treat various other major secondary state routes throughout our 31-county district area. Bridges and overpasses are included in the treatment plan.

District personnel, local equipment operators, highway maintenance workers, mechanics and supervisors will begin working 12-hour shifts at 7 a.m. Friday and continue in the area until the State Maintenance Office and Georgia Emergency Management Agency determine any threat of winter weather has passed. Citizens should expect to see vehicles deploying brine and also traditional salt and gravel measures throughout Winter Storm Helena. We will have our crews strategically placed in locations where they can quickly spread the materials on all the major interstates and state routes. But we must have the public’s cooperation in this effort. We cannot spread the materials if we are stuck in traffic; and without the materials on the roadway before the snow hits, we lose a valuable tool in fighting the effects of this winter storm.

Overall, motorists are cautioned to be aware of black ice that may occur whenever there is moisture on the roadway in freezing temperatures. This is especially important after the storm leaves and temperatures drop Saturday evening.

Drivers should also watch for Georgia DOT crews working to clear snow and ice from interstates and state routes. These employees are working in a work zone and need to be safe. Do not pass a Georgia DOT dump truck spreading the salt/gravel mixture, as gravel may kick up and could break car windshields. Motorists should follow at least 100 feet behind Department vehicles and be extra cautious when driving through inclement weather conditions.


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Tennessee Dealing With Significant January Winter Storm

Forecasters expect a significant winter storm to sweep across Tennessee this weekend that could cause power outages, traffic delays and numerous safety risks.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency officials have declared a state of emergency ahead of a major winter weather system that is moving into the state.

Freezing rain, sleet, snow and high winds will create blizzard-like conditions in some areas of the state. Conditions may lead to stranded motorists, power outages and people in need of shelter.

The eastern portion of Tennessee will likely see freezing rain, with snowfall moving into the area on Friday evening. On Friday night, the northern portion of Tennessee will see snowfall, while the Chattanooga area is likely to see rain.


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Kentucky Bracing for Major Winter Storm

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) is bracing for a major winter storm, which is approaching the Commonwealth. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Kentucky as the weather event approaches the Commonwealth.

“Over the next 48 hours, a major winter storm is expected to impact many regions of Kentucky— potentially causing ice-related damage, service interruption and impassable roadways,” said Governor Bevin. “Our agencies are monitoring the conditions and coordinating communications with local officials and emergency personnel in preparation. Safety is our first priority; so it is very important to restrict travel to a minimum.”

Snow amounts have been forecast up to 18 plus inches east of Interstate 65 with six inches along the Ohio River corridor, to up to 14 inches in the central Bluegrass Region. Ice will be a concern in the southern regions of central Kentucky, which may cause power outages.

Officials warn this storm could disrupt services so citizens should be prepared! The best advice is to just stay home and avoid travel, but if you must travel allow extra time, take it slow and allow plenty of space between vehicles.

KYEM officials encourage everyone to remain alert and continue to monitor their local broadcasting stations and NOAA weather alert radios and to check on neighbors, the elderly and those with special needs.


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