November 26, 2020

Winter Weather descends on Heard County

Ephesus Elementary teacher Emily Hannah and her first grade class enjoy the snow Friday morning prior to early dismissal (Photo: Emily Hannah)

(Franklin, GA) — A winter weather system quickly descended on the area late Friday morning forcing the early dismissal of Heard County schools and causing several accidents on local roadways.

Heard County students were let out of school at noon as the weather began to deteriorate quickly and superintendent Rodney Kay announced later in the afternoon that all bus riders drivers had arrived home safely.

Local law enforcement and public safety workers went ‘all hands on deck’ for a few hours helping buses make their way throughout the county.

At the same time numerous auto accidents were occurring throughout the county. As of around 5:00 PM today between 15-20 accidents had been reported in the county, but none with major injuries.

The Heard County courthouse and other county offices also closed at noon.

The National Weather Service issued Winter Storm Warning originally slated to begin at 5:00 PM was pushed up to 1:35 PM as conditions began to worsen.

Effects were varied across the county with little frozen precipitation in southern parts of the county but lots of snowfall in the northern portions of Heard and throughout Carroll County.

As of this evening several reports indicate between 4-5 inches of snow in the most northern parts of the county. The Winter Storm Warning will remain in effect until 10:00 AM Saturday.

A Code Red call from the Heard County Emergency Services Friday stated that residents should remain at home and off the roadways throughout the night and early morning hours as road conditions are expected to deteriorate.

Motorists should be be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times, slick and dangerous roadways are possible, especially on elevated bridges and overpasses. Those that must travel are encouraged to keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Many weekend activities have been cancelled including all school sports activities, the ‘Trot for Tots’ at the arena, and the James Stewart Chapter DAR Christmas Lunch scheduled for Saturday.

The ‘Trot for Tots’ event has been rescheduled for next Sunday , December 17. Stay tuned to Heard for further information and developments as they become available.

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