Gainesville, Ga. – If you were planning to get away to the Georgia mountains in advance of this weekend, you may want to stay updated on the weather. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Storm Warning from today through 7 pm Friday evening for Rabun, White, Towns, Lumpkin, Union, Habersham, and Dawson counties. No winter weather is expected in the local area and no watches or warnings are in effect for Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding areas.
The Georgia Department of Transportation announced that it has began brine treatment of interstates, state routes, bridges and overpasses this morning in the northern parts of the state in preparation of the arrival of wintery precipitation.
Crews in Northeast Georgia will monitor conditions and continue treatment overnight on bridges and roadways in Rabun, White, Towns, Lumpkin, Union, Habersham, and Dawson counties, and continue to treat through the day Friday as needed.
Please be aware of the brine trucks in your areas given they must travel 40 mph to properly apply the treatment. Pay attention to Georgia DOT trucks spreading materials and stay back a safe distance.
Due to COVID-19, and in an effort to ensure proper social distancing and protect our team members, GDOT will not be providing inside access to any of our facilities for members of the media during this winter weather season. Media crews are welcome to get video or conduct standups outside GDOT facilities with guidance from GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale.
For a list of facts and materials related to GDOT’s winter weather preparedness including region specific fact sheets, photos and video, please visit http://www.dot.ga.gov/DS/Emergency/WinterWeather.
Georgia Department of Transportation plans, constructs and maintains Georgia’s state and federal highways. We’re involved in bridge, waterway, public transit, rail, general aviation, bike and pedestrian programs. And we help local governments maintain their roads. Georgia DOT and its nearly 4,000 employees are committed to delivering a transportation system focused on innovation, safety, sustainability and mobility. The Department’s vision is to boost Georgia’s competitiveness through leadership in transportation