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State And Local Ga. Officials Prepare For Winter Weather

Dec 9, 2016

It's December and temperatures are dropping, but state and local officials say they are ready for whatever Mother Nature and Jack Frost have in store this winter.

No snow is expected in north Georgia this weekend, but the Georgia Department of Transportation is fully stocked in case some of the white stuff – or even worse, ice – appears sometime over the next few months.

“[We have] just over 50,000 tons of salt, just over 65,000 tons of gravel, 385 snow removal equipment units, throughout the state and we are at capacity on brine,” said GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale.

It's not just roads; with cold weather, water pipes and lines are always vulnerable to freezing and bursting.

“We have additional contractors employed to help us address the number of main breaks that we anticipate, especially with sub-freezing temperatures expected tonight and through the weekend,” said Lillian Govus, with the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management.

The National Weather Service says parts of north Georgia, including metro Atlanta, will see low temperatures fall below freezing this weekend.

This cold blast, which the NWS says came from an Arctic-type air mass from Canada, is expected to be gone by Sunday.

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