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GDOT Cautions of Widespread Black Ice Risk Thursday Night

GDOT continues to encourage the public to refrain from all but absolute emergency traveling until midday Friday when temperatures are expected to reach 50 degrees.

Roads being cleared in Midtown Atlanta. Credit: www.frankarsicsphotography.com
Roads being cleared in Midtown Atlanta. Credit: www.frankarsicsphotography.com
The Georgia Department of Transportation sent out the following message on Thursday at 1 p.m.:

Temperatures have climbed above freezing in the Metropolitan Atlanta area and Georgia DOT crews, in addition to continuing to retreat the Interstate Highway System (including clearing all lanes of I-85 and I-75 from Gwinnett and Cherokee counties to Henry County) and major State routes, are also working on secondary routes and related intersections within the City of Atlanta, such as Moreland Avenue, Memorial Drive at Capitol Avenue, Freedom Parkway, Buford Highway, Lenox Road, etc.

Tonight, however, temperatures will again fall well below freezing and any moisture remaining on roadways will refreeze and the creation of black ice likely will be prevalent throughout most of central and north Georgia.

Thus, the Department continues to encourage the public to refrain from all but absolute emergency traveling until midday Friday when temperatures are expected to reach 50 degrees.

“We are so appreciative of the patience and cooperation Georgians have shown by staying off the roadways and allowing our wonderful, tireless and hard-working men and women to do their jobs,” Georgia DOT Communications Director Karlene Barron said. “If people can just bear with us one more day, we think some level of normalcy on most roadways will be possible by Friday afternoon.”

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