January 11, 2011 by USA Post
Georgia Dot, Winter weather has Gwinnett in a ghost town Monday. Few venture outside their homes (or lawns) as a big storm was beating Gwinnett County and the rest of metro Atlanta, dumping anywhere between 3 and 6 inches of snow, closing government offices and schools and make the roads dangerous.
Winter weather has Gwinnett in a ghost town Monday.
Few venture outside their homes (or lawns) as a big storm was beating Gwinnett County and the rest of metro Atlanta, dumping anywhere between 3 and 6 inches of snow, closing government offices and schools and make the roads dangerous.
The Georgian Ministry of Transport has issued a warning advisory for people to stay away from roads, and Gwinnett was no exception. The county of nearly 1 million seemed an abandoned version, if not beautiful, of itself Monday.
The pilots who braved the conditions slowly slid down and often jammed by the combination of hills and traffic lights.
In the county, pedestrian traffic has become popular, even on busy roads in general as Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.
Siblings and Sam Mitchell Norton made the two-mile trip to the Russell Ridge Kroger in Lawrenceville by Monday morning walk.
“Our mother make beef stew, and I wanted to put carrots in it,” said Sam Norton; a laugh is visible through the scarf that covered her face.
“We could walk the streets because there are not many cars,” said her brother. “Everything is frozen. It’s fun.”
Gwinnett County Public Schools were closed for the day and also today, just one week into the new semester. Most of the offices of county government and municipalities have also closed on Mondays.
Most companies, including Discover Mills, Gwinnett Place Mall and the Mall of Georgia, were closed Monday for buyers.
County officials will evaluate conditions this morning to determine whether operations will be restored.
According to government spokesman Joe Sorenson, if schools are closed today, the courts will probably follow.
An Emergency Operations Center was activated to coordinate emergency response agencies in the county related to weather and mobility problems, Sorenson said. Officials there do not expect major changes in conditions until today; runs Wednesday, when the temperature is expected to get the freezing.
If no route has been officially closed in Gwinnett, fire and emergency personnel worked with police and Gwinnett DOT to prioritize which highways should be cleaned and where.
Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services has also implemented its emergency operations plan, allowing it to spread the resources around as needed.
“All roads will be deleted from the response of the staff of public safety in mind first,” spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge, said.
The state level, the incumbent governor, Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency preventive Sunday, while the incoming Governor Nathan Deal offers his inauguration in and canceled events assistants.
Georgia Power spokeswoman Carol Boatright said crews were busy trying to restore electricity to thousands of customers, mainly in western Georgia. She said thousands of workers were prepared to deal with more failures, which were expected because of icy conditions.
With all that ice and snow covering the buyers a little less evil in Lawrenceville Kroger even get baskets in the parking lot.
Lawrenceville resident Sherri Osborne and her husband Shane is creative with the conditions, driving their four-wheeler of Waffle House, then to the grocery store to get creamer.
“I guess we could walk, but he likes the four-wheeler, and we can never do it,” said Sherri Osborne. “This is a guy thing I guess.”
More rain that moved over the state on Monday afternoon, sleet and snow in the northern part of the state throughout the day, weather service meteorologist Matt Sena said. The forecast called for light sleet and freezing rain south of Atlanta.
As of press time, the temperature was expected to remain below zero or Monday, meaning there is no clear road much during the day and night would refreeze. This could cause problems for morning commuters as well.
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