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Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 1:21pm

Gov. Deal Urges Caution On Icy Roads

Gov. Nathan Deal warned Georgians to stay off the roads if at all possible, saying treacherous conditions aren't going away anytime soon.

In a news conference at the state Capitol Tuesday - his first full day as governor - Deal said officials are working to reach remote parts of the state that remain relatively impassable. He was surrounded by emergency and transportation officials who are coordinating the state response.

Deal said road crews are making progress but that ice remains a problem. The situation would be worse, he said, if the storm had knocked out power.

The snow forced Deal's inauguration ceremony on Monday inside. The weather also pushed back his first State of the State address on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.