GDOT finishes road, bridge work after north Ga. snow storm

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NORTH GEORGIA —

The Georgia Department of Transportation finished road and bridge work on Sunday afternoon, after battling winter weather in Habersham, Lumpkin, Rabun, Towns, Union and White counties. Twenty-five dump trucks plowed snow and dispersed salt and stone to provide traction on bridges and roadways.

A second shift of crews began work at 1 a.m. Sunday and worked through 2 p.m. about 2 p.m., when temperatures reached above freezing and the danger of icing was gone.

Authorities told Channel 2's Ashley Swann early Sunday the main roads in Fannin and Gilmer counties had been treated, but it was the smaller roads where drivers would encounter some slush and ice after some north Georgia counties saw up to five inches of snow. Channel 2's Brad Nitz reported a half a foot of snow in higher elevations in Rabun County.

A Channel 2 crew saw a blanket of snow on the ground Sunday morning in Fannin County. Those few inches of snow wreaked havoc on many roadways, including Highway 5 in Blue Ridge.

Emergency responders in Fannin and Gilmer told Channel 2's Ashley Swann things have been quiet during the early morning hours. 

On Saturday, authorities said there were too many accidents to count. Gilmer County resident Carol Weaver was among those involved in a weather-related crash after she hit a slick patch and slid into a guardrail.

"Praise God for that. If it weren't for the guardrail, I'd be in the creek. As many years as I've driven in snow, I've never had any problem like this," Weaver said.

Channel 2's Alina Machado reported sightings of snow flurries Saturday in some parts of Hall and Pickens counties.

Drivers reported snowy, slushy roads in northern Pickens County.

"They've been icy and slick," said Pickens County resident Billy Fowler. "My truck's been spinning out on the road some."

In Cherokee and Forsyth counties, roads were wet but clear. Authorities there reported no problems.

In Hall County, the flakes that had fallen in the northern part of the county were gone by nightfall.

"I thought it was going to be more snow but it just stopped. It's been wet. I saw a little snow earlier, but nothing too serious," said Hall County resident Luis Madrigal.

Besides a few flurries near north Georgia, temperatures rose  above freezing in the mountains headed toward the afternoon. The sunshine returned for both north Georgia and metro Atlanta on Sunday. Temperatures reached 54 degrees in metro Atlanta and wind gusts picked up at 30 mph,  said Nitz, adding that there is no rain or snow on the horizon for Monday.

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Channel 2's Alina Machado contributed to this report.