Lights and Sirens

Iced-in Wednesday ahead for Fayette, Coweta

UPDATED 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 — It’s official: Wednesday will be icy — up to nearly a half-inch of ice on trees, parked cars and roads in Fayette and Coweta counties, the National Weather Service Office in Peachtree City says in issuing a winter storm warning.

The hour-by-hour graphical forecast predicts that the temperature dips below freezing around 5 a.m. Wednesday and stays there for at least the next 24 hours, the NWS says. That means liquid water turns to ice and there will be no melting until Thursday.

A day-long freezing rain could cause trouble for electrical power lines as ice-loaded tree limbs fall across live wires. Everyone should be prepared to lose power for an extended period Wednesday and Thursday, the NWS says. Read More»

State tornado drill pushed to Friday at 9 a.m.

Schools, hospitals and businesses encouraged to participate

Officials have moved the statewide tornado drill, originally scheduled for this morning, to Friday at 9 a.m.

The drill was moved due to the potential for inclement weather that would require the attention of the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City, which will sound the alert to start the drill.

Fayette residents may also hear the county's severe weather warning sirens go off around 9 a.m. as well, which is a planned part of the drill. Read More»

Gov. Deal: winter storm alerts will come via cellphone

Task force appointed to recommend changes as Deal orders GEMA to work with meteorologists in advance of storms

Taking advantage of available technology, Georgia residents will now receive a storm warning on cellphones in targeted areas to advise against road travel, according to Gov. Nathan Deal.

In the wake of the snowstorm that snarled metro Atlanta commuters Jan. 28, leaving some students stranded at schools and traversing iced-over roads on school buses, Deal announced further immediate changes today in a news release. Read More»

It's still dangerous on the roads ... even at 2 p.m.

Peachtree City Police reported a crash on Peachtree Parkway near Windgate Road that resulted in the parkway being closed in both directions as the driver was entrapped.

Just another reminder that caution is strongly advised if you HAVE to go anywhere. While ice on many roads has melted, there are still some slick spots out there, particularly on shady stretches of road.

Fayette school closed Friday for students, 11 a.m. start for staff

Photo of Fayette County's historic former courthouse in the snow Tuesday night courtesy of James Breest Photography, Fayetteville.

Major roads OK, but side streets remain icy in shady patches

UPDATED 4:50 p.m. Jan. 30 — The Fayette County School System will remain closed Friday, Jan. 31 “due to concerns about the icy conditions of secondary roadways,” according to system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach.

But officials expect all schools will be operating normally Monday. Read More»

Coweta schools closed on Thursday; Coweta EMA chief to drivers - 'stay off roadways'

The continued effects of the winter storm on roadways has led to Coweta County schools remaining closed on Thursday for students and staff, according to school system spokesman Dean Jackson.

Coweta County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Jones on Wednesday morning said the 911 center through Tuesday and into Wednesday received 100-200 calls, with many of those being accident-related. Read More»

Winter driving tips from PTC police

#1 on the list: Don't!

Peachtree City Police would like to offer some winter survival and driving tips.
First of all, don't get stranded in the first place. If you don't have an important reason for driving in the snow and ice, stay home and wait for the roads to be cleared. Avoid traveling for anything but medical emergencies, or you run the risk of getting stranded. Be prepared.

Ensure that your vehicle is readily equipped with the following essentials before heading out when snow and ice is in the forecast:
* Blankets
* Pillow Read More»

Sheriff Babb: Stay off roads today

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb said despite the many traffic issues on roads around the county on Tuesday there were no traffic fatalities and no serious injuries. Read More»

Georgia DOT crews working non-stop to clear metro roadways

UPDATE Wednesday, 9:40 a.m. – Temperatures in the mid-teens early Wednesday challenged Georgia Department of Transportation crews working to keep roadways clear of snow and ice, not just in metro Atlanta but statewide.

GDOT is utilizing all its resources in clearing roadways; in Atlanta, almost 300 workers have been scraping ice and treating the highways. Read More»

Roads continue to be slippery; multiple stores closed

Best advice may be to stay home as officers direct sand trucks to slick spots on roads, streets

With ice and snow clogging local streets and a number of Fayette highways facing the same fate, citizens are being advised to stay home except for an emergency.

Ga. Highways 92, 279 and 85 have a number of icy spots, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. A number of Fayette residents reported on Facebook that it took seven hours or more for their commute home yesterday afternoon, with some stretching past the 12-hour mark. Read More»

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