Transportation officials in Georgia are unveiling a newly designed inclement weather section of their website. The new winter weather page went live Thursday. Chairman Rudy Bowen says the new webpage will help the department immediately update the public on road conditions.
Snow fell across north Georgia overnight as predicted, but in metro Atlanta it did little more than coat lawns. Across the state, accumulation totals were mainly one inch or less. Exceptions were in some far north areas of Georgia - 1.5 inches for Cedartown/Polk Co., Dawsonville, and Lumpkin County.
Snow started falling in north Georgia early Wednesday evening and a winter weather advisory is in effect through early Thursday afternoon for northern and central Georgia. But weather forecasters say it won't nearly be the event the state experienced in early January. The National Weather Service says 1-2 inches could fall in north Georgia overnight Wednesday, one inch is expected between Rome and Augusta, and central Georgia could receive less than a half inch.
North Georgia lawmaker, Jeff Mullis is a proponent of a rail-line from Chattanooga to Atlanta. He says the state transportation department continues to devise a state rail plan, but funding is the major issue.
Road clearing responsibilities are shared by the state department of transportation and local governments. For D-O-T’s share alone, a spokesman estimates the costs will reach 2.5 million dollars for December.