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Icing has begun

Icing began before dawn Wednesday in many areas. Stay at home if at all possible. Report conditions at your location in the comments or on our Facebook page. GEMA early morning update: Avoid Travel as Weather Conditions Worsen (ATLANTA) — All motorists are urged to stay off of the roads as the threat of icy conditions continues to increase throughout the day. Ice can be deceptively dangerous, difficult to anticipate, and extremely difficult to drive on. Bridges and overpasses will ice first. Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security, in coordination with the Georgia Department of Public Safety and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), strongly cautions motorists to stay off the roads until conditions improve. The National Weather Service (NWS) ice storm and winter weather warnings remain in effect for the upper half of the state. Forecasters are predicting extremely hazardous conditions which will cause power outages and substantial structural damage due to falling trees and ice. Residents outside of the storm warning area may also face the threat of icy road conditions. A State of Emergency remains in effect for 91 counties. GDOT will focus on keeping highways passable for emergency purposes only. The overall goal is to keep all roads passable, but the extent of that challenge is unknown as weather conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day. Motorists who need to travel for emergency purposes are advised to reduce their speed, avoid GDOT trucks on the road and closely follow travel information as the weather system brings changing conditions.

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