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When Will the Ice Melt Off Gwinnett County Roads?

The earliest road conditions will improve is mid-day today, but motorists are still being asked to stay off all roads.

On a normal day an empty Peachtree Corners Circle (around 9 a.m.) would be a welcome sight. But not today when the reason is that the highway and local roads are mostly impassable. Credit: ga511.org
On a normal day an empty Peachtree Corners Circle (around 9 a.m.) would be a welcome sight. But not today when the reason is that the highway and local roads are mostly impassable. Credit: ga511.org

By Bob Pepalis

Very little snow was needed to create havoc and gridlock on metro Atlanta roads. Once the melting snow turned to ice, roads were mostly impassable.

Now local residents want to know when the ice will melt so roads can be cleared. The National Weather Service extended the winter storm warning until 1 p.m. today, Jan. 29, not because of any additional snowfall, but because ice covered roads remain treacherous.

With the temperature forecast to only reach 31 degrees today, plenty of ice will remain on local roads. The temperature doesn't have to be above freezing for ice to melt with an assist from traffic and the wind. But motorists are being asked to stay off those roads so they can be treated.

The interstates and freeways in metro Atlanta continue to be extremely hazardous due to the ice and snow, the Ga. Department of Transportation reported on its 511ga.org traffic website.

"Travel on Wednesday is not recommended. If you must travel, be prepared with warm clothing, food and water, a full tank of gas, and a cell phone (fully charged)," the website post said.

Don't expect conditions to improve until midday Wednesday at the earliest. And it won't be until Thursday that the temperature is forecast to stay above freezing for any length of time, approaching 40 in the afternoon. It's hard to believe now with the temperature at 15, but on Friday the high will be 50 and on Saturday and Sunday it will rise above the mid-50s.

What snow and ice doesn't melt by Thursday should all be gone on Friday.

Today's forecast predicts a mostly sunny sky with a high near 31. A northwest wind of 5-10 mph will be accompanied by gusts of up to 15 mph. 

Robert J. Nebel January 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM
There will be some progress today, but not nearly enough. I cannot believe that Gwinnett or the metro will be back to 100 percent full speed today.
Colleen Walsh Fong January 29, 2014 at 12:18 PM
I try to keep an even keel with my thoughts and especially my comments in all things. But watching the political talking heads on TV is angering me. It's constant defensiveness and patting themselves on the back. My daughter has been out there trying to get home--an 18 mile trip--for 24 hours and I'd like to see some humility and apologies. And mostly I'd like to get them off of the media altogether and see more info about road conditions.

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