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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 3:22pm

Governor Deal Declares State Of Emergency Due To Winter Storm

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a state of emergency declaration for the entire state of Georgia, due to the winter storm.

The governor also closed state government Wednesday.

The inclement weather has already hit the majority of the state.

“Many parts of our state have experienced heavy sleet and snowfall, and in the metro areas we’re experiencing traffic jams caused primarily by heavy volume after the quick onset of the winter storm,” said Deal. “Unfortunately, traffic is delaying the ability of crews to treat highways all across the state.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Deal urged Georgians who have to drive to use extreme caution while on the roads.

"Once at your destination, if at all possible, please stay off the roads until conditions improve. State DOT crews will work around the clock to get roads clear; in addition, the National Guard, the Department of Public Safety and GEMA will work to get the state back to normal as quickly as possible.”

The state of emergency declaration opens up state resources necessary for government response. It also activates the State Emergency Operations Plan, which assigns specific responsibilities to certain agencies.