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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Southwest Georgia is bracing for a winter storm that will likely bring snow to much of our viewing area.

A winter storm warning is in effect for Southwest Georgia and some areas a swatch from Early County to Lee County could get between one and four inches of snow.

Public works departments are also getting ready to address any road problems that may arise because of the weather. Road crews are worried about what this wintry mix might do to bridge decks especially so, crews weren't wasting any time Thursday getting supplies ready to treat bridges and roads at the first sign of snow.

In Lee County, emergency management director Chief James Howell says they're preparing for one to four inches of snow. That means checking the county's sand supplies and making sure salt is available to treat bridges. The Road Department crews are on call.

"He's got his sand, his people are ready to go for tonight and morning. He's got salt acquired and more or less holding off on the salt. He doesn't want to put his salt down too early and then you just end up having it blown away or washed away," said Chief James Howell, Lee County EMA Director.

While the county doesn't have a truck to spread the material, they have dump trucks at the ready and will use graters behind them to spread the materials. Crews will be ready to go, but they'll wait until they see what the county will get before material are used to treat the roads.

Emergency Management Officials say if you don't have to be out on the roads tomorrow, then stay home, so the roads will be clear for emergency vehicles.

Southwest Georgia counties under the winter weather watch are Quitman, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun, Terrell, Lee and Early Counties.


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