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Friday, February 12, 2010 - 10:44am

Snow Falls Throughout Georgia

Updated: 4 years ago.
Snow started falling early afternoon in downtown Atlanta. (photo by Carl Zornes)

Snow is steadily falling across the state. Road crews are treating state highways and interstates. Flights are canceled. Even Savannah is bracing for a rare appearance of flurries.

The snow and ice accumulations developing across Georgia have transportation officials reporting treacherous driving conditions in northern, central, and southeastern portions of the state

Kimberly Larson with the Georgia Department of Transportation says it can only get worse when temperatures drop tonight.

"What we are concerned with is the overnight hours when the roads that were wet will more likely freeze up.”

Her advice is to avoid all but absolutely necessary travel.

The snow has the world's busiest airport, not as busy as usual. Already today, Delta Airlines has cancelled more than 1,000 flights out of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — the nation's largest.

AirTran, the airport's second-largest carrier, also scrubbed dozens of flights.

David Castelveter with the Air Transport Association says nearly 14,000 flights have been canceled nationwide since February 5. That's when the first of two major snowstorm's hit the D.C. area.

"I think it's safe to say we haven't seen this level of disruption to the air transportation system at least going back to 9/11."

Castelveter says around 1 million travelers will be affected by the cancellations.

Meanwhile, Savannah officials are gearing up as the white stuff is expected to make its way to the city that hasn’t seen flurries in 14 years.

Savannah is under a Winter Storm Warning that includes most of the state. Forecasters with the National Weather Service say there's a chance 1 - 3 inches of snow could fall there tonight, with low temperatures possibly in the 20s.

Usually, temperatures in February don't dip below 41 degrees in the coastal city.

Bret Bell, a Savannah city official, isn’t concerned. He says one of the city’s street maintenance workers comes from Ohio with 30 years of snow removal experience.

“You know I feel sort of confident in him that if we get anything he will be able to destroy that snow.”

Bell says they have dump trucks of sand and other equipment on hand just in case snow sticks to the ground.

Still, the snow probably won’t be around for long. Forecasters predict highs will reach into the 40s tomorrow.

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