Metro Atlantans are waking up Thursday to find that the icy conditions they were warned about on area roads never materialized.
Overnight, temperatures did not dip low enough to cause much trouble for state road crews in metro Atlanta, said Karlene Barron, a spokeswoman for Georgia Department of Transportation.
“We can’t complain,” Barron said. “We don’t have much of anything in the metro area.”
Interstate response teams that were stationed at locations around the region treated all the major interstate interchanges around 4 a.m., laying down a mix of sand and gravel just in case a later-morning freeze set in. There were some reports of icing early this morning on Ga. 400 at Abernathy Road and at the Ga. 400/I-285 ramp, however those areas have since been cleared.
Barron said that most of the roads in the region are pretty dry, so even if temperatures continue to fall another degree or so before the morning warm-up, icy patches should be rare.
However, slushy conditions do exist in the northwest corner of the state near Cherokee and Bartow counties and farther up I-75. GDOT road crews are using trucks outfitted with blades to scrape away any icy crust and push it to the side of the road.
“They are having a little harder time, but they feel like they have it under control,” Barron said. “It’s passable, but they have more stuff they are plowing off.”
The winter storm that dumped more than a half-foot of snow across parts of north Georgia Wednesday and overnight has moved out of the state. While metro Atlanta interstates wet but mostly ice free, roads in far northern suburbs were still covered with ice and snow early Thursday morning. Full story.