If you don’t have to get out, don’t, GDOT officials urging

ATLANTA — As temperatures plunge and snow falls in metro Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Transportation is urging everyone to stay home.

Black ice could quickly form on bridges and overpasses as the road temperatures approach freezing.

Aside from concerns about black ice, trees and power lines are down across roads across metro Atlanta.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of north Georgia.

[LATEST FORECAST: Keep up with the latest tracking on winter weather in metro Atlanta here]

Governor Brian Kemp has also declared a state of emergency for 91 north and central Georgia counties.

“The safety of the public and our crews is our first priority,” said GDOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry. “In addition to the potential for accumulations of ice in some areas, winds of anywhere from 35-50 mph mean there is an ongoing danger from falling trees, limbs and power lines. Crews will do the best they can while conditions allow for them to safely do their jobs, whether it is clearing debris such as downed trees or limbs or treating and clearing roads and bridges to restore optimal travel conditions.”

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If you do have to get out of your house and get on the road, GDOT says to remain vigilant to try and avoid icy roads or possible fallen trees and power lines.

GDOT officials say that if you come across a tree or other debris in a roadway, stay in your vehicle and call 511. Do not try to move the debris because a fallen power line could be hidden and create a very dangerous situation.

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