Snow and Ice to Clear Up by Friday
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Updated 1:07 p.m.
The snowpocaplypse didn't hit the streets of Cherokee County like it did less than a month ago, but more than 6 inches of snow coats the 423.68 square miles of land.
Day two of cabin fever is starting to set in. Is it affecting you yet?
Some businesses are starting to cautiously open their doors to the public until the roads ice up again. But when will the ice dry up for good?
“I wouldn’t count on getting the roads dry until Thursday afternoon, maybe Friday,” said Matt Cena, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Peachtree City office. “It’s a situation where by tomorrow, they may have a lot of the interstates running better, but it’s going to be hard to get to them (from smaller roads)."
Cena described a perpetual cycle of ice melting when temperatures creep slightly above freezing during afternoon hours, only to become ice once again overnight.
But, he said, the more motorists use roads and crews clear them, the less slush there will be to refreeze. “There will be a slow improvement through the week,” he said.
The few remaining spots of freezing rain and flurries should dissipate by either Wednesday or Thursday, Cena said.
By Friday, afternoon temperatures are predicted to climb into the low 40s, with clouds moving on to provide more sunlight, Cena said. Saturday temps could even climb into the low 50s, he added.
“Lows will still be below freezing,” he said, “but we should get things melted up during the day.”
Cherokee Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Jay Baker still urges motorists to stay off the roads today.
"All roads in Cherokee County will have some amount of ice and snow on them," he said.
Baker said this winter storm is different than the last one Cherokee got struck with.
"So far the precipation is mostly snow as opposed to ice. Additionally, the inclement weather came in late at night, whereas the last ice storm occurred just prior to rush-hour traffic."
From 9 p.m. Sunday to 8:30 a.m. there were 23 accidents in Cherokee County, all cities included, with three non-life threatening injuries, according to an Emergency 911 representative. The last ice snow had more than 300 accidents in a six-hour period.
Cherokee County activated its Emergency Operation Center to Level 2 at 7 p.m. Sunday, which allows the county to ask the state for help. The County Information Line is 770-720-6363 if you are seeking additional information.
Roads and Bridges and Public Works crews have been out the past two nights plowing roads and spreading salt and gravel, preparing for daylight, when cars start to brave the roads, Baker said.
"We are prepared for any accidents or incidents if necessary," he said, but he advised that the road conditions are still poor and will likely remain dangerous throughout the day.
Woodstock residents should expect more a couple more flurries in the morning. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with highs in the lower 30s and wind chill readings around 10 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Cherokee County is still under a Freezing Rain Advisory. The National Weather said to be prepared for slippery roads, as this weather makes traveling difficult.
The Georgia Department of Transportation still advises motorists to avoid all nonessential travel today because the roads are slick.
If you come to a traffic signal that is not working, treat it as a four-way stop. When driving on ice, slow down to at least half your normal speed, and use a low gear as you drive. You should also beware of black ice, especially on bridges, and watch for fallen trees or power lines.
If you have a power outage, contact Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
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Cancellations, Closings and Delays for Tuesday:
All Bridges and overpasses are covered in ice and snow and are unsafe for travel.
I-575 South of the Cobb County line is completely iced over.
5549 Vaughn Road to Arnold Mill is impassable.
Hillside United Methodist Church preschool
Peggy Still School of Music
Brian D. Johnson, DMD office-They re-open Wednesday. All patients from Monday and Tuesday will be rescheduled at patients' convenience.
Cherokee County Government offices
Cherokee County Transit and Senior Services
Cherokee County Justice Center - State Court and Grand jurors should call 770-479-9011 to receive further instructions concerning the next service date.
First Care Pediatric Dentist
William G. Long Senior Center
Woodstock Government offices
Rope Mill Park
Relay for Life kickoff event is rescheduled for Jan. 24.
Woodstock City Council meeting is moved to Wednesday.
Advanced Disposal will not run its residential garbage routes tomorrow. A revised schedule will be announced at a later time.
State Court jury trials and grand jury: All summoned jurors should call 770-479-9011 to receive further instructions concerning the next service date.
Woodstock City Court scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled. Reschedule date to be determined.
Towne Lake Arts Center-Those scheduled to audition for Our Town tonight should plan to attend Tuesday or Wednesday at the same hour instead.