Stay off roads during snowy weather

by Wes Mayer

Many roads in Coweta County are becoming unsafe to travel upon due to the ice and snow.

“We want to encourage everyone to stay off the roads,” said Jay Jones, director of Coweta County Emergency Management. “There is no ‘one place’ with bad roads. It’s just everywhere.”

Jones said the weather is expected to only worsen, and here in Coweta we have already had our highest temperature of the day. The temperature is expected to reach a low of 17 degrees overnight into Wednesday morning, he said, and not warm up until Wednesday afternoon. However, after it warms up and melts some of the snow and ice, it will freeze again, making the roads even icier.

The temperature will not reach 40 degrees until Thursday afternoon, Jones said.

Coweta County Public Works does not have the manpower to work on many roads in the county, Jones said, and they are focusing on salting and sanding the main artery roads — such as around Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

According to Jones, many accidents have blocked roads and slowed traffic around the county — including one serious accident in Senoia on Old Highway 85. He advises if anyone has an emergency and needs to drive on the roads, they should avoid all roads with steep hills or sharp curves.

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