The snow is gone, the sun is coming
by Wes Mayer
The snow has officially stopped falling in Coweta County, but more trees and power lines may fall as winds pick up today, with the potential to block roads or strike vehicles.
At the moment, thanks to county and city public works employees treating the roads throughout the night, all roads are considered passable in the county, said Jay Jones, director of Coweta County Emergency Management. Jones said although there were some wrecks in the county, none of them were bad.
There may still be some icy patches on roads in the shade, according to dispatchers with the Coweta County Sheriff's Office, so drivers should continue to use caution. No wrecks had been reported to the CCSO since daybreak Thursday.
“Winds will reach 10 to 15 mph today with gusts up to 20 mph,” Jones said, “so we will see trees coming down as well as power lines. The snow has stopped. The sun should come out mid-morning.”
Coweta County Road Department crews were still treating roads on the east side of the county as of 10:30 a.m., according to Eddie Whitlock, Coweta Associate Administrator.
According to Jones, downed trees or power lines could happen at any time, but public safety personnel from the county and cities have been working hard to clear the roads overnight. Last night, about half an inch to three quarters of an inch of snow fell, and with the sun coming out, the high today is expected to be 44 degrees.
Water was dripping rapidly off some trees in the sun at 10:30.
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. “As far as the roads, they are improving as we warm up.”
According to Senoia Police Chief Jason Edens, there were no reports of accidents in Senoia, the roads are clearing up and almost every road in the city is now drivable.
Thursday is looking mostly sunny, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, and the low tonight is expected to be about 26 degrees.