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Snow Expected in Northern Georgia: Get Ready

January 5, 2017

Have you seen the predictions? Snow is coming!

But fear not. If we prepare properly and know what to do, maybe we can avoid a repeat of “Snomageddon” 2014.

Drive Safely

During wintery conditions, the number 1 tip is to avoid driving whenever possible. If you can help it, stay off the roads, especially at night when black ice is harder to see.

If you need to get somewhere, the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) offers a few more tips:

  • DON’T Pass DOT Trucks
    Stay at least 100 feet behind salt trucks to prevent vehicle damage from the salt and gravel mixture.
  • Watch Out for Work Crews
    Crews will be out clearing the snow and ice. Drive carefully.
  • Slow Down
    Drive half your normal speed and stay in a low gear in snowy and icy conditions.
  • Be Careful at Intersections
    Consider taking extra time before starting after a red light. Treat broken traffic lights as a 4-way stop.

And as the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reminds us, make sure now that your car is ready for whatever’s coming.

Prepare Now

Stay in the know with the newly updated emergency preparedness mobile app. Thanks to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS), you can customize your own checklist of emergency supplies and create a family disaster plan. Mark “I Am Safe” to notify your emergency contacts that you are safe after an emergency. Get live weather, disaster and public health alerts based on your location and stay updated on traffic, shelter locations and evacuation routes.

Learn more about the Ready Georgia App in our guest blog from the experts at GEMA/HS.

Know What’s Coming

Get the latest weather updates from the National Weather Service (NWS). Follow NWS on Facebook or Twitter and know exactly what they're talking about with winter weather definitions in our winter prep infographic.

About the Author

Rachel Hart is the User Interface designer for GeorgiaGov. She visually organizes information and writes blogs on a variety of government-related topics.