Snow fizzles, threat of black ice remains - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Snow fizzles, threat of black ice remains

Posted: Updated:

The threat of winter weather is over, but there is still concern for freezing. Georgia Department of Transportation officials are warning drivers to use caution as black ice is possible on many roadways, especially in the northern portion of the state.

The snow in Tallapoosa started falling just before 5 p.m. on Thursday. The light snow fell for more than an hour, leaving a dusting on some windshields. There were no reports of accumulations on the roadways there. (CLICK HERE TO SEE FOX 5 VIEWER PICTURES OF SNOW)

With temperatures in the mid-20s possible for Friday, water left behind from days of rain could freeze and create problems on the road. Drivers should be especially cautious around bridges, overpasses and areas where water trails off the side of the road.

(CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF CURRENT WATCHES/WARNINGS)

Calhoun city school officials, as well as officials from Gordon County, say classes are canceled for Friday, while officials with several counties say classes will begin late due to expected weather issues. City of Atlanta employees may report to work at 9:30 a.m. according to Chief Operating Officer Duriya Farooqui.

(CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF CURRENT WEATHER CLOSINGS)

The Georgia DOT urged motorists to take the following precautions:

* Slow down and stay behind the snowplows. The road behind the plow will be the safest place to drive. Allow at least ten car lengths between your vehicle and snowplows or hopper spreaders.

* Do not pass. The plows are wide, and sometimes a group of trucks will work in tandem to clear snow quickly, especially on major highways.

* Be particularly aware of black ice conditions on surfaces such as bridge decks and entrance and exit ramps late Thursday night and the early hours of Friday morning.

* Remember that technology helps, but only to a point. Four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes and traction control are beneficial advancements in today's cars, trucks and SUVs, but they can't take the place of good driving habits and the need to reduce speed on snowy or icy roads.

If you snap any winter weather photos, email them to us or upload to the FOX 5 Facebook page!

You can track rain wherever you go with the FOX 5 Storm Team app!  It's FREE, and it's available for iPhone, iPad and Android.  For complete details on how to download the app, click here!

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Atlanta Falcons

    Falcons 2014-2015 schedule released

    Falcons 2014-2015 schedule released

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-04-24 02:13:59 GMT
    The NFL has released the 2014-2015 season schedules and the Atlanta Falcons slate of games provides plenty of intrigue. Here are a few items of interest. Week 1 will be a rematch of last year’s season opener, only this time, the New Orleans Saints come to the Georgia Dome. The Falcons play the Detroit Lions in London in Week 8. It’s a game fans will have to get up early to watch. It airs at 9:30 a.m. EST.
    The NFL has released the 2014-2015 season schedules and the Atlanta Falcons slate of games provides plenty of intrigue. Here are a few items of interest. Week 1 will be a rematch of last year’s season opener, only this time, the New Orleans Saints come to the Georgia Dome. The Falcons play the Detroit Lions in London in Week 8. It’s a game fans will have to get up early to watch. It airs at 9:30 a.m. EST.
  • GBI issues amber alert for two-year old girl

    GBI issues amber alert for two-year old girl

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:46:51 GMT
    Maliah Harris Maliah Harris
    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has issued a Levi’s Call, Georgia’s Amber Alert. The Mississippi Highway Patrol is on the lookout for 2 year old Maliah Harris. Harris is believed to have been abducted in from Caledonia Mississippi Wednesday morning. Harris is described as a white two-year-old female with blonde hair. Authorities said Harris was possibly abducted by Donald Boyd Harris. Boyd is described as a 34-year old 5’11” white male with brown hair and blue eyes. Authorities believe th...
    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has issued a Levi’s Call, Georgia’s Amber Alert. The Mississippi Highway Patrol is on the lookout for 2 year old Maliah Harris. Harris is believed to have been abducted in from Caledonia Mississippi Wednesday morning. Harris is described as a white two-year-old female with blonde hair. Authorities said Harris was possibly abducted by Donald Boyd Harris. Boyd is described as a 34-year old 5’11” white male with brown hair and blue eyes. Authorities believe th...
  • Governor signs controversial gun bill into law

    Governor signs controversial gun bill into law

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:12:43 GMT
    A few hundred gun rights advocates gathered for Wednesday's bill signing in Ellijay with top officials including House Speaker David Ralston and bill sponsor Rep. Rick Jasperse.
    A few hundred gun rights advocates gathered for Wednesday's bill signing in Ellijay with top officials including House Speaker David Ralston and bill sponsor Rep. Rick Jasperse.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices