Fayette, Coweta schools closed Monday; DOT warns of icy roads

Sun, 03/01/2009 - 9:45pm
By: Cal Beverly

Coweta-Fayette EMC responded to power outages; Ga. DOT warns of 'black ice' conditions overnight

Children who enjoyed frolicking in Sunday's snowfall will get a second blessing from the storm as Fayette and Coweta public school officials have canceled school for Monday.

Coweta is requiring its 12-month staff to report to work, however.

Our Lady of Mercy High School and Landmark Christian School are also reportedly closing tomorrow.

The snow created slippery conditions in some places and resulted in a surprise call-back of Peachtree City Public Works personnel.

Coweta-Fayette EMC worked Sunday afternoon and evening to restore power in several scattered locations, including Fayetteville, Newnan, Tyrone, Sharpsburg and Turin.

The snow tapered off by late afternoon, and the warmer ground began showing through.

By Sunday evening the Georgia Department of Transportation was advising that bridges and other overpasses in middle and northern portions of the state are expected to experience icing throughout the overnight hours.

Also, DOT says, black ice is likely to develop on sections of roadways.

Further, numerous instances of snow-laden trees falling across roadways have been reported.

The public is strongly urged to refrain from all but emergency or absolutely necessary travel until after sunrise Monday.

Nearly 1,000 Georgia DOT employees utilizing more than 200 pieces of equipment will be clearing and treating road and bridge surfaces throughout the night.

As temperatures fall, however, sections refreeze quickly and difficult-to-detect black ice can develop.

For those who must drive, extreme caution is urged. Monday morning commuters are requested to, if possible, delay driving to work until well after sunrise to afford themselves better visibility of road conditions.

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Submitted by Tombo100 on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 8:43pm.

according to WSBTV.com

Fayette County Schools
Submitted at: 8:28 PM EST on Sunday, Mar 1

(now should I tell the kids and let them stay up or keep quiet?)

Submitted by beyondborders on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 8:36pm.

After DeCotis decided to cut teacher salaries, the least he can do is give us the day off tomorrow since the weather is not favorable for driving conditions! Hey- it saves on the power bills and gas for the school buses!

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 6:34pm.

"heavy, wet snowfall began to coat windshields and stick on roadways throughout Fayette County by midday Sunday, creating slippery conditions in some places and resulting in a surprise call-back of Peachtree City Public Works personnel." Could the people that came in on the emergency callback have been the very same people that have been fired as of this coming Friday? How much would this have cost the city if we had to "OUTSOURCE" this???? Hmmmm... save $840,000. Yea right. That figure doesn’t count emergencies does it???

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Submitted by mapleleaf on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 4:51pm.

Thank you for making the effort to prepare this report on a Sunday afternoon. Without all the hype and hoopla of our local TV stations, you are doing a nice and helpful reporting job for your website readers.

Submitted by wheeljc on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 7:52pm.

The Citizen site has become a habit to check two or three times a day as a result of what Cal has developed. If the local community wants to know what is happening, or needs to know timely information, TheCitzen.com provides that service 24-7!

Thanks Cal and Citizen Staff!!

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Submitted by dawn69 on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 9:41pm.

Yes, thank you Cal, for keeping us informed.

I am so excited to have the kids home with me tomorrow (I'm off on Mondays anyway). Now, we're just wondering if my husband will have to go in in the morning.

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