Dawsonville, Ga. – Dawson County has not been immune to the road problems plaguing our region as a winter weather storm moves through the area.
The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) released a statement to the public: “We ask that you PLEASE resist the urge to take a ride and see the roads. There are multiple accidents at multiple locations and we have all hands on deck trying to get everyone taken care of. PLEASE stay off the roads if at all possible.”
Dawson County Government Facebook page reiterated this message, “Please stay off the roads if you can. Authorities are responding to numerous accidents and other issues this morning in Dawson County related to the snowy weather.”
Many of the roads in the county have become impassable. Among these roads Hwy. 53 west of downtown Dawsonville and Gober Hill at Hwy. 53 are currently closed. The DCSO also notes that Hwy.53 and Hwy. 9 are impassable and Hot Pepper Place to 183 has multiple cars off the road.
Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services released that the Dawson County Public Works crews are out working county roads, however, road conditions have not improved since earlier today. GDOT is working on state roads/hwys.
GDOT is plowing Hwy. 53 from Hwy. 400 towards downtown Dawsonville.
Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services also wants the public to be aware that “if you see an abandoned car on the side of road with caution tape on the mirrors that vehicle has already been checked by Public Safety Personnel” and adds that they will continue to monitor the weather and road conditions and update. Again, they urge people not to drive until the snow passes.
The Dawson County Sheriff’s office would also like the public to know who to call if they are in need of assistance: “As always, call 911 for emergencies and 706-344-3636 for non-emergencies.”
FYN will continue to bring you weather updates throughout the day.
Featured Image courtesy of Dawson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook showing Hwy. 400 North
ATLANTA — U.S. Representative Doug Collins (R-Ga.),U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.), and Governor Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) joined Vice President Mike Pence at Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Atlanta Field Office Thursday to receive a briefing about the work of local ICE agents and the broader mission of border security.
“President Trump and Vice President Pence’s commitment to securing our border and protecting our citizens remains unwavering, and I want to thank the vice president for traveling to Georgia to hear from the hardworking men and women serving in federal law enforcement. I look forward to continue working alongside this administration to strengthen our national security at home and abroad,” said Collins.
“I’m here on behalf of the President of the United States to say to the men and women of Immigration and Customs Enforcement here in Atlanta, Georgia: We are grateful for you, we are standing with you, and we will keep standing with you as you enforce our laws and keep our communities safe,” said Vice President Mike Pence.
“It was an honor to have Vice President Pence in Georgia today to hear directly from the brave men and women who wear the ICE uniform,” said Senator Perdue. “ICE is a critical component of our country’s national security strategy. Our ICE law enforcement officers dedicate their lives to combating human trafficking, protecting communities, and keeping drugs off the street. President Trump and Vice President Pence have taken action to make sure ICE officers have the resources they need to keep Georgians and Americans safe. To all of our law enforcement officers we’ve got your backs.”
“It was an honor to welcome Vice President Pence to Georgia with Senator Perdue and Congressman Collins to talk about how we keep Georgia families and all Americans safe,” said Governor Brian Kemp.
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Winter Weather Advisory for north Ga extended until 10AM Wednesday. Overall, expecting rain to change to snow this evening. Snow bands will likely develop overnight and continue Tuesday. Hard to say exactly where the bands will set up but overall snow showers will be light. Though snow will be light, areas within any banding will see a little more snow than those outside of the bands. Highest accumulations still expected across the mountains where temperatures remain the coldest the longest. Snow will taper overnight Tuesday/early Wednesday.
January 21, 2016
Ahead of a second winter storm this week, Gov. Nathan Deal issued a new state of emergency for 21 counties beginning Thursday evening and lasting through Sunday, Jan. 24, at midnight. The emergency declaration extends to 21 counties under a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service. They include Banks, Catoosa, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Franklin, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, White and Whitfield Counties. Deal continues to monitor an additional 24 counties, including those in metro Atlanta, under a winter storm advisory.
“In order to prepare for the second round of storms, I’ve directed state agency heads to encourage employees to telecommute where appropriate,” Deal said. “Capitol Hill agencies and other state government offices will close at 12:00 p.m. on Friday to allow time for roads and bridges to be treated in advance of possible freezing rain and snow. I encourage municipal governments and private businesses in metro Atlanta and other affected areas to follow suit. I will continue to monitor those counties under a winter storm advisory and revise my executive order as needed.”
The National Weather Service has issued the advisory for Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Polk, Rockdale and Walton Counties.
GEMA/HS and Emergency Operations Command will continue coordinating response efforts between the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Natural Resources.
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Dawson County schools will be closed on Friday, January 22, 2016. Twelve month employees should report if possible.
January 20th 2016 ~ Snow coming down in North Georgia.
On Tuesday evening, Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency for 15 counties under a winter storm warning. These counties include Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Chatooga, Whitfield, Murray, Gordon, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin and White Counties.
“The winter storm is predicted to cause snow and ice accumulations on roads and bridges in affected areas, and the safety of our residents is my top priority” Deal said. “I’ve directed the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) to coordinate with the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Natural Resources to move assets to area where snow and ice are expected. GEMA/HS will work with local officials, including those school systems, to ensure resources are available as needed.”