Drivers Warned to Stay Off Roads; Highway 78, Scenic Hwy. Are 'Getting Worse'

The public is advised to avoid all unnecessary travel until midday Wednesday.

Originally posted by Steve Burns

The snowfall that began Tuesday (Jan. 28) in Gwinnett County and across metro Atlanta is leading to dangerous road conditions overnight and into Wednesday.

In a news release, Georgia Department of Transportation spokesperson Natalie Dale said, "As people get home from work, we ask them to stay there and not drive again unless necessitated by an emergency.”

The department advises the public to refrain from travel that is all but absolutely necessary until midday Wednesday at the soonest, the release said.

If motorists must travel, they are urged to be patient with conditions and with each other, and be extremely cautious. Also, avoid driving after dark, as black ice will form on streets, roads and highways, and is virtually impossible to detect in the dark, the release said.

Traffic has been at a standstill in many areas in metro Atlanta Tuesday afternoon. In Snellville, city police posted a Nixle alert around 6:40 p.m. saying that Scenic Highway and Highway 78 "are getting worse." DOT has been contacted for road treatment.

On their Facebook page, the police department advises those coming home should "turn on the lights, increase stopping distance, [and] clean off your car of snow (not just windows)." 
Dave Emanuel January 29, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Stay Home. That's the advice from the Snellville Police Department. With temperatures in the teens and low 20s what appear to be snow-coved roads may be ice-covered roads. Something else to consider is that you may get stuck because the are cars in the roadway that have been involved in accidents or can't move because of the ice. Bridges and steep hills are especially dangerous. If you absolutely have to go somewhere be extremely careful and look well ahead. There is no such thing as a panic stop on ice. Also note, Snellville City Hall is closed today (1/29/14).


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