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NE Ga. residents encouraged to stay put

NE Ga. residents encouraged to stay put

(WXIA) -- Northeast Georgia, including parts of metro Atlanta, are getting hit hard by winter weather.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has treated many of the area's state routes and interstates, but residents are still encouraged to stay home all day if possible.

Icing has been reported in a number of areas, including:

Clarke County
A tree fell on the SR 10 Loop at SR 10/US 78 (West Broad Street).

Elbert County
Icy conditions were reported on SR 172 from Bowman to the Madison County line.

Forsyth County
There is ice on SR 53 at SR 306; SR 20 from Ga. 400 across the Chattahoochee River to Gwinnett County; SR 141 at Ronald Reagan Parkway; and the SR 369 bridges across Lake Lanier.

Hall County
The SR 369 bridges across Lake Lanier are affected in Hall as well as Forsyth.

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation is reminding north Georgia residents to be mindful of temperature drops and to turn off their sprinkler systems.

GDOT released this statement Wednesday morning:

Every winter, we have icing issues due to automatically-timed sprinkler systems left on overnight in freezing temperatures. They can create a very hazardous condition for motorists the next morning.

Automatic sprinkler systems are often timed to operate at night, and when spray from the sprinkler is blown onto the road or water drains onto the road, black ice is formed, creating a hazard for motorists.

The Department urges residents and businesses to take a moment and ensure that automatic sprinkler systems are turned off. With sub-freezing termperatures on the way, motorists are cautioned to be on the lookout for icy patches or black ice, especially early in the morning.

Snow!

Snow!

(WXIA) -- From the mountains through the metro and down to LaGrange, snow flurries fluttered across north Georgia Wednesday morning.

11Alive received a number of snow pictures from viewers. Send yours to photos@11Alive.com or upload them to our photo gallery.

If you plan on traveling for Thanksgiving, be sure to check airport wait times and look out for flight delays before you leave the house.

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

ATLANTA -- It's going to be cold in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, with temperatures expected to hover around 27 in the mornings and climb no higher than 45 during the day.

FORECAST | Thanksgiving week temperatures

The Georgia Department of Transportation is asking homeowners to turn off sprinkler systems that are set to automatically run overnight.

"Every winter, we have icing issues due to automatically-timed sprinkler systems that are left on overnight in freezing temperatures," GDOT engineer Rachel Brown said in a statement. "They can create a very hazardous condition for motorists the next morning."

Freeze Warning issued for metro Atlanta

Freeze Warning issued for metro Atlanta

The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning in effect through Thursday morning at 10 a.m., for the following counties: Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Gordon, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Jackson, Madison, Polk, Pauling, Cobb, North Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Wilkes, Haralson, Carroll, Douglass, South Fulton, DeKalb, Rockdale, Walton, Newton, Morgan, Greene, Heard, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton and Henry. 

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Prepare for a soggy Labor Day

Prepare for a soggy Labor Day

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The National Weather Service says metro Atlanta is in for a wet unofficial end to summer 2013.

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Most of the state is under a Hazardous Weather Outlook alert Monday morning as rain and storms sweep through Georgia.

One county -- Haralson, on the Georgia-Alabama border -- is under a flash flood warning until noon Monday.

Other portions of the metro experienced heavy rains, swollen creeks, downed trees and, in a few cases, power outages.

Athens residents recall tornado 40 years later

Athens residents recall tornado 40 years later

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Like many people who lived in Athens at the time, Anne Shepherd clearly remembers March 31, 1973 - the day the tornado hit.

She and her husband drove quickly to their Best Drive house, got in the basement just minutes before the tornado brought its whirlwind of destruction at about 6:30 p.m. They looked out a window as their lawn furniture blew away, never to be seen again.

Others reported similar experiences, though some saw roofs lifted away instead of lawn furniture. No one knew the full extent of the damage until later.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that it was the second of two tornadoes in Georgia that day. Together, they destroyed 400 homes and damaged 1,784. The unusually violent F-4 tornado left behind an estimated $113 million in damage.