Cold weather preparations begin in north Georgia

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:

People across North Georgia are preparing for a cold blast of winter weather just days before Thanksgiving.
NORCROSS, Ga. —

People across North Georgia are preparing for a cold blast of winter weather just days before Thanksgiving.

Angel Alonso says the phone started ringing first thing Monday morning at Indian Trail Hardware in Norcross.

Alonso says it was clear he wasn't the only one keeping a close eye on the holiday forecast.

"They saw it on TV, what's coming, and they want to be prepared for it," Alonso said.

People are preparing for the possibility of wintry weather mix, just in time for Thanksgiving travel plans. They all ask the same questions.

"Do we have firewood, do we have propane, are we stocked up with heaters," Alonso said.

Alonso says he made sure supplies were stocked. In the meantime, state transportation officials have their own checklist.

"It is a busy travel week and we're walking that fine line of being prepared but not wasting time and resources," said Teri Pope with the Georgia Department of Transportation. GDOT anticipated a "normal" work day Monday with no special winter-weather preparations.

Pope says department work crews will be prepared to respond as needed overnight.

"We'll leave with snow plows attached, and everything ready, especially in those mountain counties," she said.

And they'll work with local law-enforcement agencies monitoring slick roads, especially on bridges.