May 23, 2018

Travel conditions prompt closing of Heard County schools again on Friday

(Franklin, GA) —  Despite temperatures warming up into the lower 40’s in the Heard County area Thursday afternoon, many roads are still considered hazardous heading into the evening and overnight hours where temperatures are expected to again plummet to the lower 20’s.

Due to this fact and in the interest of safety, Heard County schools will once again be closed on Friday. 12 month employees are asked to report if able to make it to work safely.

While reports of road conditions in some areas are improving, others are still thawing out and travel remains difficult especially on secondary roads and in the outlying areas of the county.

Temperatures are expected to warm up into the mid 50’s on both Friday and Saturday which should improve conditions quickly although lows will again dip below the freezing mark Friday night.

See the Special Weather Statement below issued by the National Weather Service earlier this morning for more specific details.

Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further updates as they become available.

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

Hazardous driving conditions expected today and tonight.

Bitterly cold temperatures have allowed the snow that fell Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to compact into ice across many roadways in the area.

Despite ample sunshine Wednesday, temperatures did not rise above freezing in most areas and shady and sheltered areas continue to see areas of packed snow and ice on roadways.

Roads in direct sunlight today will continue to experience melting and with temperatures expected to reach above freezing for a few hours this afternoon, even areas that are shaded will see some melting.

However not all of the snow and ice will melt today in the shaded and sheltered areas, expect this to refreeze again tonight.

If you must travel today through Friday morning, please exercise extreme caution. Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.

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