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Price Creek Road still with solid snow this morning.
Updated: Most major roadways have the snow melting away according to Lt. Kris Stancil with the sheriff's office. Stancil, who had just returned from checking roads in different areas about noon, said the main roads are mostly clear, but backroads, particularly the shady ones remain snow covered.
However, Stancil advised caution. Even on clear roadways there are patches, where slush may be packed in spots which will be just like ice and some remaining ice spots.
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Note: Cove Road is closed at the S- Curves
Commissioner Rob Jones reported late Wed. evening that the "historic" winter storm called for by weatherman around the country had not been too bad for road or emergency crews. “The public has really helped us by staying off the roads,” he said.
Jones said the fire departments had handled a number of downed trees across power lines and roads and power crews had restored service in several locations – all relatively quickly.
“Both Georgia Power and Amicalola EMC have done a great job getting power back on,” he said. He said it seemed like there were power outages somewhere all day, but most were restored fairly quickly.
However, Jones said he predicts overnight and tomorrow morning could see the worst road conditions as all the slush, snow and sleet out there now will likely freeze solid.
Road crews have worked around the clock. Scrapping the slush off as much as possible and salting and sanding. “But it’s coming back in tonight and we can’t do much as the temperatures drop,” he said.
Cove Road, the usual trouble spot at the S Curves, is closed for the night and will be re-evaluated tomorrow morning. Jones said there had been several cars off the road there but all have been moved.
He noted the county is operating an emergency shelter but it had not been used as of 9 p.m. He said it is primarily for anyone who has medical conditions, such as needing oxygen, and whose power goes out overnight. If someone needs to reach the shelter they should call 911.
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Photo of coyote track from Mike Cain.
While the weather today is not ideal for much, a solid snow offers a unique chance to see if you have coyotes near your house.
Mike Cain, of Cain’s Wildlife Removal, was able to use the last snow here to gauge the number of coyotes near the Joy House for a removal job he has underway there (see last week’s e-edition). He estimated four based on tracks.
While even professional trackers acknowledge that telling dog tracks from coyote is difficult, Cain offers some tips to get started.
• A coyote track is more oblong or egg-shaped than a dog’s.
• Coyote tracks are more compact than a dog track.
• For coyotes, their hind foot pad is generally smaller than the front.
• Finally it is not uncommon to see a coyote track where the claws are less prominent than a dog’s where the claws are more visible in the snow or mud. Dogs also tend to have blunter nails than the coyote.
From Amicalola EMC
With the threat of a winter storm approaching, our crews are standing by. As always, we will respond quickly to power outages and will restore all outages as soon as is safely possible.
Our automated outage reporting system is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The most effective way to report an outage is by following these steps:
1. >Call 706-253-0359 OR 706-276-0359 OR 706-864-0359. >
2. >Listen carefully and follow the prompts.>
3. >If the system does not recognize the number you are calling from, please enter the phone number that is associated with your account. >
4. >You may leave a detailed recording if necessary. Please speak clearly and slowly and give the following information: Exact name as it appears on the bill (not the name of the caller), account number if available and 911 physical address of the outage.>
5. >One call is all this is needed to record the outage. >
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Please remember to stay away from any downed power lines and always assume any downed line is still energized.