Sunshine, warmer temps clear roadways
by Wes Mayer
By mid-day Thursday, most of Coweta County was thawed out.
With a big help from the sun and temperatures in the high 40s, the ice and snow, which had covered the county Wednesday, began melting early Thursday. According to Jay Jones, director of Coweta County Emergency Management, thanks to the public works employees from Coweta and area city departments treating the roads nonstop, and thanks to public safety personnel removing downed trees and power lines, all roads in the county were passable before 9 a.m. Thursday.
According to Jones, about half an inch to three quarters of an inch of snow fell overnight Wednesday and into Thursday. Although there was about a 10th of an inch of ice underneath the snow, there were not nearly as many vehicle accidents in the county as there were a couple weeks ago when the first snowstorm hit — Jones said none of the accidents in the county could be considered “bad” this time around.
According to Newnan Fire Chief David Whitley, city firefighters responded to eight downed power lines and one downed tree in Newnan. There were also five emergency medical service calls, nine alarms or welfare checks and only one vehicle accident in the city.
“It really helped a lot by people staying at home,” Whitley said.
Traffic Sgt. Lane Yearta with the Newnan Police Department said there were less than five minor traffic accidents in the city, and not very many SR-13s issued to drivers in single vehicle accidents. According to Senoia Police Chief Jason Edens, there were no reports of accidents in Senoia, and almost every road in the city was drivable by 9 a.m. Thursday.
“Grantville experienced very little vehicle traffic or accidents,” said Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan. “I think people took notice of what happened before. We had, like Newnan, trees down and branches on power lines but nothing significant.”
The big issue in the storm that rolled through the county Tuesday through Thursday was the wind. According to Jones, winds were expected to reach 10 to 15 mph with gust of 20 to 25 mph again late Thursday — wind, plus the ice accumulation on the trees, caused multiple downed trees and power lines throughout Coweta this week.
According to the National Weather Service, the high today is expected at 57.