Southwest Georgia prepares for potential snow, freezing conditions

Southwest Georgia prepares for potential snow and freezing conditions./ Credit: Alexandria Ikomoni

Tuesday was a beautiful day, but Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning might be a different story for some.

"With precipitation in the storm front, we have the potential to get sleet and snow flurries,” Jenna Wirtz, Dougherty County Emergency Management Agency, said.

Everyone is coming together to keep the community safe.

"We have been in contact with all of our agencies in a city, county and state level,” Wirtz said.

Public Works across Southwest Georgia are ready for if we do see snow or sleet.

"We don't want to be not ready for it, and we want to be prepared,” Michael Sistrunk, Lee County Public Works director, said.

Sand trucks are ready and loaded for crews to use on the roads and bridges to prevent any hazards.

"What we try to do is put sand on top of it to give it a little abrasion to try and keep it from freezing over,” Sistrunk said.

In Lee County and many other counties, officials are using sand instead of salt.

"It's easier to pick up when the sweeper truck comes to pick it up,” Sistrunk said. “It's also protecting the vehicles being keeping salt off of the vehicles."

Public Works says for cases like this, it's better to be proactive instead of reactive.

"Just being ready in case it does happen because we don't want to take a chance on citizens being out at night,” Sistrunk said.”

If you have to be out at night, be very cautious.

"You need to go slower, increase your following distance, and make sure you give yourself more time to get to where you're going,” Wirtz said.

Crews are on standby to help you just in case you need it.

"Our first responders will still be out there, but if we can minimize the number of calls they need to go on, that makes it safer for everybody,” Wirtz said.

If you do have an emergency, call 911. If you see black ice while driving, call 511. A crew will be sent to take care of it before it becomes a problem for someone else.

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