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Black ice remains a concern as snow seen in Ga.

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Snow began falling in parts of the state on Thursday, but the FOX 5 Storm Team says it won't last long. The bigger concern remains the potential for patchy ice on the roads.

FOX 5 Storm Team chief meteorologist Ken Cook said that the storm was moving quickly through northwest Georgia and could be gone by 10 p.m. Some snow was seen in Tallapoosa, but it had already began to greatly diminish by 7 p.m.

A Winter Storm Warning remained in effect for parts of north Georgia in effect through Friday morning. Chattooga, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Towns, and Union counties are included in the warning, as well as Cleburne and Randolph counties in Alabama.

Drivers should be aware of the potential for black ice on the road on Thursday night into Friday morning. According to the NWS, black ice is transparent ice in which the color of the asphalt is seen through it, giving it the appearance of a black color. It can be difficult to spot, so authorities urge that drivers reduce their speeds.


Officials with Forsyth, Dade, Trion and Whitfield counties say classes will begin late on Friday due to expected weather issues. City of Atlanta employees may report to work at 9:30 a.m. according to Chief Operating Officer Duriya Farooqui.


The affected area extends north of a line from Rome to Hiawassee, according to NWS officials.

The metro area is under a winter weather advisory through 7 a.m. Friday. The area could see up to an inch of snow and black ice on roadways, especially bridges and overpasses, according to FOX 5 Storm Team chief meteorologist Ken Cook.

FOX 5's George Franco said that snow began falling around 4:30 p.m. in the Tallapoosa area. That snowfall began to diminish around 6:30 p.m. and was not sticking to roads.

Ken said what snow does fall will likely melt on contact with warm roads. Any minor accumulations from Interstate 20 through the northern suburbs will be mainly on grass, and roads will just be wet.

Flooding is also a concern. Several counties, including Floyd, Forsyth and Gilmer, remain under a flood warning after several days of rain.

Ken said that most areas under the flood watch can expect up to another inch of rain, while isolated areas could see up to two more inches, which could produce some localized flooding.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said in a press release that it will monitor forecasts and road conditions. The Georgia DOT said crews will specifically watch target areas vulnerable to freezing, such as hills, ramps, bridges and interchanges. Roadway condition updates will be posted here.

The Georgia DOT urged motorists to take the following precautions:

* Slow down and stay behind the snowplows. The road behind the plow will be the safest place to drive. Allow at least ten car lengths between your vehicle and snowplows or hopper spreaders.

* Do not pass. The plows are wide, and sometimes a group of trucks will work in tandem to clear snow quickly, especially on major highways.

* Be particularly aware of black ice conditions on surfaces such as bridge decks and entrance and exit ramps late Thursday night and the early hours of Friday morning.

* Remember that technology helps, but only to a point. Four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes and traction control are beneficial advancements in today's cars, trucks and SUVs, but they can't take the place of good driving habits and the need to reduce speed on snowy or icy roads.

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