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Coweta County Schools Closed Today; Continuous Storm & Traffic Updates


Photo by Jeffrey Leo

City worker Phil Hendrix uses a backhoe to clear snow from the square Wednesday afternoon.

Drivers are still urged to please avoid driving at all costs if possible.

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1:35 p.m. - Reports that Walton Rd. to Gordon Rd. is still very icy. Walton Rd. to Martin Mill - few icy patches. Reports of Turkey Creek being okay.

12:59 p.m. - Accident in front of Rental Express on Bullsboro Dr. near Newnan Crossing.

12:52 p.m. - Waste Industries had to stop routes in City of Newnan due to street conditions Friday. They are running into too many issues this morning trying to run their regular routes, so they are stopping pick up today. They believe it is unsafe at this time both for them and the community so they will not be picking up any more today.

11:57 a.m. - Accident with possible injuries - Parks Rd. at Poplar Rd. Overturned vehicle.

11:38 a.m. - Accident with injuries - Millard Farmer Blvd. Area of Mary Jane Rd and Corinth Rd.

11:04 a.m. - Due to snow & ice accumulation around the buildings, Central Library will remain closed until further notice. Powell & Senoia Branch will delay opening until 11:00 a.m. Grantville Branch will resume regular hours of operation on January 31, 2014

10:38 a.m. - Possible structure fire on Hastings St, off of MLK Jr. Dr. - Plan route accordingly.

10:28 a.m. - Tommy Lee Cook Rd. conditions are problematic. Possible wreck.

10:25 a.m. - Truck overturned in the curve of Buddy West Rd. Conditions on Buddy West Rd. continue to be bad.

10:15 a.m. - Curve on 154 to 54 is still icy.

9:59 a.m. - Reports of ice on Macedonia from Roscoe Rd. to Hal Jones.

9:35 a.m. - Hwy 29 N, south of 154 is extremely icy in the northbound lane. Reports of cars losing control.

9:01 a.m. - Truck stranded in middle of Newnan Bypass and Lower Fayetteville intersection.

9:00 a.m. - With temperatures dipping below freezing again last night, there are icy patches again this morning all across Coweta. Crews have been loading up and heading out this morning. A full complement of crews will be treating trouble spots again in all areas of the county.

8:32 p.m. - Accident on 1700 block of Palmetto Tyrone Rd - Sharpsburg 

8:26 p.m.  - Corinth Rd / Bohannon Rd closed near Station 9.

8:00 p.m. - Bad wreck at the intersection of Old Corinth Rd and Smokey Rd. near the CBS.

7:54 p.m. - Poor traveling conditions:

  • Robison Rd. in Moreland is covered in ice.
  • Curve on Smokey Rd is a solid sheet of ice.
  • Isolated bad spots on Hwy 29 and Lower Fayetteville Road
  • Hwy 29 South towards the Interstate.
  • 266 Millard Farmer
  • Smokey Rd. toward Holbrook
  • Payton Rd. near bridge.
  • Both ends of Luther Bailey Rd. Senoia
  • Glover Rd.
  • Vaughn / Andrew Bailey Rd.
  • Intersection of 16 and Old GA 16 in Sharpsburg.
  • Areas by ECHS.
  • Al Roberts Rd. in Haralson, 
  • Hwy 16 going towards Whitesburg. 
  • Grantville to Heard is impassable. 
  • Coweta - Heard Rd.
  • Palmetto Rd between I-85 and Tyrone is still very icy.
  • Arnco + Hwy 16.

7:44 p.m. - Access to Blalock Lakes difficult.

7:43 p.m. - Incident at the 200 Block of Millard Farmer Rd.

7:06 p.m. - Corinth Rd. shut down again at Bohannon. Accident with injuries.

7:05 p.m. - Newnan City Hall offices will be open normal business hours Friday. Please use caution in the morning and contact your supervisor if you will be late due to road conditions.

6:43 p.m. - West Georgia Technical College will be open from 9 a.m. until noon on Friday, January 31, 2014. Employees scheduled to work Friday should report at 9 a.m.

6:39 p.m. - Conditions on Boone Rd. are deteriorating. 

6:07 p.m. - Report of wreck on Hwy 34 in Sharpsburg, near SAM's Club.

6:04 p.m. - Reports of cars still sliding and getting stuck on Corinth Road.

5:52 p.m. - Coweta County Transit will not operate Friday, January 31st. GRTA Xpress will not be operating tomorrow either.

5:05 p.m. - Reports of icy areas on Rock House road in Senoia. Eyewitness saw two cars lose control and slide off road.

5:03 p.m. - All Coweta County schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 31.

4:44 p.m. - Reports of the Country Club Rd. area as still being extremely icy.

4:13 p.m. - Reports of extremely hazardous traveling near Fischer Rd and Andrew Bailey

4:12 p.m. - Gordon and Walton Rd. have been reported as very icy.

3:45 p.m. - Coweta County offices will reopen tomorrow, Friday, January 31st for normal hours of operation. Employees are asked to please arrive when they feel it is safe. If any employee feels conditions will not allow them to report, they are asked to contact their department head/supervisor.

3:35 p.m. - Reports of heavy ice and bad driving conditions on Hwy 54, south of Bear Creek Rd.

3:33 p.m. - "Boone Rd is need of some sand & ice or it will refreeze tonight most likely." -CCSD

3:25 p.m. - Reports of heavy ice around 295 Wagers Mill Rd.

3:03 p.m. - I-85: clear and dry between Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and Newnan.

3:01 p.m. - Reports that Roscoe road is still 2/3 iced over.

2:52 p.m. - Attempts to open Sewell Rd. have begun - crews trying to break up the ice.

2:49 p.m. State Court Arraignment which was rescheduled for Friday, January 31st at 9 a.m. has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 2p.m.

2:45 p.m. - Coweta County Schools are assessing as the road conditions improve through the afternoon. There are still a lot of stretches with significant ice at this point, but it may be 4-6 pm today before they can make a final determination in regards to school closures for Friday.

2:23 p.m. - Avoid the 3700 block on Georgia 16, Sharpsburg. CCSD reporting major trouble with ice.

2:06 p.m. - Georgia Power is reporting 64 active outages. Coweta Fayette EMC is reporting 33. It should be noted that both of these numbers have been fluctuating rapidly.

1:58 p.m. - Sewell Rd closed in front of Newnan Utilities.

1:53 p.m. - Lower Fayetteville to Winthrop Dr. / Sharpsburg - "Passable, drive slow. Very icy" - CCSD

1:43 p.m. - Traffic light at Poplar and 16 needs to be reset.

1:37 p.m. - Turnberry Trace in Sharpsburg now out of service.

1:30 p.m. - Elders Mill Road. Car upside down in ditch. Reported icy areas are still extremely prevalent.

1:29 p.m. - Reports that several people have slid off the road at the end of Old Hwy 85 and Hwy 85.

1:19 p.m. - Northbound I-85 out of Coweta, right two lanes are clear and safe.

1:02 p.m. - Lora Smith is icy in shady areas near Arnall and White Oak.

1:01 p.m. - Parts of Happy Valley Circle are shut down due to the ice on the roads.

12:58 p.m. - 3 car accident on Newnan Bypass between Walmart and Stonebridge subdivision.

12:57 p.m. - Motor graders are getting stuck around the county.

12:55 p.m. - 9 cars now stuck in a ditch on Coweta Heard Rd, Hogansville.

12:17 p.m. - Authorities from around the county are reporting more cars are winding up in ditches with many drivers and passengers unable to exit the cars.

12:01 p.m. - Power outages still being reported by Coweta-Fayette EMC customers in Senoia.

12:00 p.m. - Mary Ann Bell, Vice President of Public Relation and Communications for Coweta-Fayette EMC, said the power outage problem originated from a malfunction of equipment at the Sharpsburg Substation, causing some of the circuits to stop working. She said the outage affected 5800 and was fixed around 10:30.

11:39 a.m. - Even though temperatures remain below freezing, radiant heat caused by the sun on the roadways is already creating slush in some areas. Motor graders will be moving as quickly as possible to clear the slush from primary and secondary county maintained roadways. Salts will also be used to break up ice and snow in shady spots on these roads once temperatures are optimal. And again, roads outside primary and secondary routes will be looked at after the primary and secondary routes are complete and will be treated for the most dangerous trouble spots.

There will be re-icing and black ice again tonight throughout Coweta as temperatures will again fall well below freezing.

11:31 a.m. - The majority of Georgia Power outages seem to be in Senoia and near Bibb Lake. EMC having problems near Smokey Rd. and Lakehills.

10:49 a.m. - The majority of Coweta-Fayette EMC service is being restored while Georgia Power is still experiencing problems from Sharpsburg to Senoia.

10:30 a.m. - Authorities still reporting that many cars are traveling too fast for conditions.

10:29 a.m. - Northbound US 29 past Newnan House Motel is slick. A car has just gone into a ditch. 10:11 a.m. - Four loud 'bangs' reported from the downtown area, near the Dairy Queen.

10:08 a.m. - Coweta-Fayette EMC is reporting 5,850 without power.

9:00 a.m. - Georgia Power estimates that power will return to the 1,000+ customers in the Sharpsburg/Senoia area by 9:15 a.m.

8:21 a.m. - Reports of power outages:

  • Gordon Rd.
  • Elders Mill Rd.
  • Bells Springs Rd. - Senoia
  • Turin
  • Reese Road area, Sharpsburg
  • Poplar Rd and Bedford Forest
  • Rockhouse Rd area - Senoia
  • Areas of Hwy 54
  • Haralson
  • ECHS area - Sharpsburg
  • Bart Hill Rd.
  • Haralson 
  • Hardy Rd. - Senoia
  • Side Hunter Rd, Bertus Hunter Rd, John C Hunter Rd, and surrounding areas.
  • Winchester subdivision off Marion Beavers Rd.
  • Dolly Nixon area - Senoia

8:26 p.m. - Piedmont Physicians Grantville closed Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

6:04 p.m. - Waste Industries will remain closed on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

6:01 p.m. - UWG and West GA Technical College will remain closed on Thursda. Brewton-Parker College-Newnan and Mercer University Newnan Regional Academic Center is also closed.

5:39 p.m. - Overturned vehicle on 1135 S Hwy 29 with possible injuries.

5:30 p.m. - Roscoe Road hill is closed at Country Club Rd.

5:25 p.m. - GA Hwy 70 is back open to regular traffic.

4:50 p.m. - Cars being turned away near Newnan Country Club.

4:27 p.m. - Meriwether County Commissioners Office in Greenville closed Thursday.

4:19 p.m. - "This ice is melting but not fast enough." - Coweta County Sheriffs Department at Wentworth Way, Newnan.

4:01 p.m. - No printing of The Newnan Times-Herald today, Thursday digital edition to be available.

3:44 p.m. - Welcome Road and By-Pass, more stranded motorists.

3:30 p.m. - 10 cars stranded in the road - Hwy 16 and bypass.

2:29 p.m. - Coweta County has been informed that the stop sign at GA154 and Old 16 is down. If you are out in that area please be aware. A request has been sent to repair this sign. Please be careful in all areas in that in addition to the roads being hazardous, there could be other sign/signal problems that have not been reported. Of course, let us again urge you NOT to be out on the roadways at this time unless absolutely necessary.

1:35 p.m. - The city of Grantville will be closed until 8 a.m. Friday morning. For emergency, dial 911. For non-emergency, dial 770-254-3911. Grantville Police are out driving streets and neighborhoods.

12:36 p.m. - All Coweta County Schools will be closed on Thursday, January 30. Schools will be closed on Thursday due to hazardous driving and weather conditions across the Coweta County area.

12:24 p.m. - Coweta County is reporting that all Coweta County offices will be closed Thursday, Jan. 30.

12:19 p.m. - Reports that Roberts Rd is not passible.

12:10 p.m. - Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. from Hwy 29 to Elaine Dr is now open.

12:07 p.m. - According to Battalion Chief Denise (Freeman) Burks, the area roads are worse today than yesterday. There is a sheet of ice under the snow. A good example of the worsening road conditions is the closure of Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd from Hwy 29 North to Elaine Drive this morning by the Newnan Police Department.

11:49 a.m. - GDOT reports all routes passable in Coweta. Crew wise has had over 350 employees working 2- 12 hour shifts. The crews started yesterday morning and will continue until roads are safe.

11:00 a.m. - Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. from Hwy 29 to Elaine Dr is now shut down per Newnan Police Department.

10:33 a.m. - Hwy 34 Eastbound from Interstate way to Quicktrip is impassable and is now blocked off. Officially shut down. 

9:30 a.m. - Newnan Municipal court will closed today and new court dates will be sent out by mail.

9:23 a.m. - Coweta County has reported over one hundred accidents. The actual number of vehicles involved is higher because when public safety arrived to a one call, there were 5 or 6 involved in reality and crews were helping everyone. The Coweta County fire department alone ran over 57 calls. Roads are still in poor condition. The county has over 1200 roads in the County and their road department crews are continuing to work as quickly as physically possible.

The County is currently looking at bringing in additional equipment to assist in spreading salts and abrasives and the county highly recommends that everyone stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

City and county road crews have been out all night working on putting down sand and salt.

The sun will assist temporarily by adding about 10 degrees to the road surface from radiant heating, however, it will be tomorrow afternoon before we begin to see any significant improvements and any melting that is not evaporated will refreeze tonight as temps go back into the teens.

The City of Senoia, downtown streets and Rockaway Road are in very poor condition.

The county road department is working on primary county maintained roads. State and US routes are maintained by other entities.

9:05 a.m. - Some Coweta County residents were reporting it taking 10 hours to drive 10 miles last night trying to come home from Atlanta. They reported having to spend the night in parking lots or hotel lobbies as all rooms are sold out.

8:56 a.m. - Coweta County is reporting that road conditions continue to be bad despite the work of the road department during the past 24 hours. Roads are still very icy this morning. Road crews have regrouped and are continuing to work on the primary county maintained routes. They county hopes that the sun will provide radiant heat which would assist crews in making additional headway. Because of the low temperatures, crews will focus on abrasives (crushed stone) until the maximum benefit can be realized from the salts on hand. 

1:36 a.m. - According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, there were icing issues on Ga. Hwy’s. 16, 154, 54 and 34. Crews had treated those areas, but there were still hazardous conditions on Hwy. 154 near Crescent Drive, Hwy. 16 West at the Chattahoochee River bridge, Hwy. 16 East at Rockaway Road and Hwy. 34 West near Thigpen Road.

GDOT crews, as well as city of Newnan and Coweta County crews, were expected to work through the night treating roads.

11:16 p.m - The city of Newnan reported that Jefferson St. is closed at the cemetery. The Lower Fayetteville Rd. roundabout is impassable. There are areas on some country roads that are very treacherous and there are other roads that are barely passable including Raymond Hill Road and Cannongate Road in northern Coweta, along with Highway 16 East, Highway 85 and Rockaway Rd in Senoia. Other roads have been blocked from time to time by disabled vehicles. The Coweta County road department is continuing to work to clear county roads while state routes will be maintained by GDOT.

9:15 p.m. - Coweta County Transit will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 29, due to the weather conditions.

7:53 p.m. - Many churches such as St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Crossroads Church are suspending their Wednesday services.  

6:37 p.m. - City of Newnan offices closed Wednesday. Public Safety and Public Works to report. Others check with supervisors.

6:36 p.m. - Coweta Public Library System closed Wednesday, Jan. 29, due to severe weather.

6:35 p.m. - West Georgia Technical College closed on Wednesday due to severe weather. Closure includes all classes and activities.

6:30 p.m. - UWG closed on Wednesday due to severe weather. Food service will still be available at several areas on campus, including Z-6 and East Commons.

5:08 p.m. - Governor Nathan Deal declares a state of emergency due to the winter storm.

3:40 p.m. - The Coweta County Recreation Department is reporting that all Senior Centers have been closed. The art building has also been closed and all recreation programs scheduled for this evening have been canceled. 

3:32 p.m. - Coweta County’s Public Works Department continues to salt and sand roads. 

3:13 p.m. - All Coweta County offices will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 15.

3:01 p.m. - Newnan City Council meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. has been canceled.

2:41 p.m. - Reports of cellular phone service experiencing problems. 

2:39 p.m. - Semi-truck jackknifed on Sprayberry Road.

2:25 p.m. - Coweta County School System will be closed Wednesday due to severe winter weather conditions across the Coweta area.

1:45 p.m. - Spence Road to Armory Road in Newnan is closed.

1:30 p.m. - A serious car accident at Willis St. and Ga-85 in Senoia left one person critically injured.

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