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State officials ready for icy winter weather

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The tone is much different from Gov. Nathan Deal's office as the state gets ready for another winter storm that's expected to last longer and possibly cause power outages.

"We have emailed all the school superintendents. We are moving assets from the Department of Transportation. The governor has called up the National Guard put them on warning," said spokesman Brian Robinson. "DOT will be putting up signs over the interstates tomorrow at the appropriate times. We're getting ready. Trucks are coming here right now. Workers are coming here right now. We are ready for tomorrow."

Robinson said this time Georgia will be ready.

"We certainly learned a lot from two weeks ago, particularly about the dangers of everyone getting on the roads at the same time, that's something we're are very much prepared for getting out advanced word."

The storm two weeks ago only delivered 2 inches of snow, but it crippled the Metro area. It brought traffic to a standstill, people were trapped in vehicles for hours and children were trapped at school and on school buses.

"The governor is putting out information to Georgians tonight. He's asking people who can telecommute tomorrow please do it. If there is any way you cannot be on the roads tomorrow, please do," Robinson said.

Even though the worst of the weather isn't expected until late Monday, officials don't want everyone getting on the roads at the same time. They want traffic to remain as light as possible.

"To make sure the trucks can get on the roads to deliver the salt, sand and brine used for pretreatment. That is critical that we make way for those workers to get out there and do what needs to be done to get ready for this event."

The governor will have a meeting with key officials at 11 a.m. Monday, then hold a news conference at noon.

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