DOT urges caution on roadways

ATLANTA (WTOC) - Snow, sleet, freezing rain and sustained temperatures below freezing are causing extremely hazardous driving conditions throughout Georgia, according to the Georgia Dept. of Transportation.

Significant accumulations of snow are occurring in the metro Atlanta area. Dangerous icing is expected across the entire advisory area.

Georgia DOT spokesman Rick Parham said Monday morning that at least one lane was open in each direction on all major highways.

Members of the Georgia National Guard on Sunday prepared equipment and issued plans to support communities if the governor orders their mobilization.

Forecasters said are predicting snowfall of up to 12 inches could fall in the northwestern corner of South Carolina to less than 1 inch around Moncks Corner and Summerville.

The snow was expected to change to sleet and freezing rain later Monday, continuing into early Tuesday.

As of 8 a.m. the South Carolina Dept. of Transportation has distributed 4,205 tons of salt, 1,130 tons of sand. There are 746 pieces of equipment in use (including snowplows, salt spreaders, sprayers and graders).

The central and northwestern half of the state is experiencing moderate snow, and workers plowing the interstates, according to the SCDOT.

District 6, which includes Jasper and Beaufort counties, temperatures range from 30 to 34 degrees.  Sleet has been reported in some areas, according to the DOT.  Road conditions are reported as wet.

District 7, which includes Hampton Co., road conditions are reported as wet with the exception of Aiken and Orangeburg Counties which are reporting roads covered with snow and ice, according to the SCDOT. Temperatures range from 24 to 30 degrees. District crews are treating roads and bridges with deicing chemicals as needed. Crews are treating roads and bridges with deicing chemicals and plowing as needed.

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