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GA DOT: Hazardous driving conditions likely into Thursday

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DOT crews are inspecting bridges for ice. DOT crews are inspecting bridges for ice.
ATLANTA (WTOC) -

The Georgia Dept. of Transportation is urging the public to avoid all but emergency travel until at least mid-day Thursday. 

DOT crews are out Wednesday afternoon inspecting bridges for ice.

Bands of snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue to cause extremely dangerous driving conditions throughout most of northern and Middle Georgia throughout Wednesday and into the night, according to the DOT.

The DOT says several inches of snow could accumulate in North Georgia while the area across the state between a line just north of Columbus, Macon, Warner Robins and Statesboro and extending northward to above Interstate Highway 20 are experiencing icing roadways, power lines and trees. 

Winds gusting to as much as 30 mph. could cause limbs and trees to fall on power lines and roads. A state of emergency remains in effect for 91 counties in this region.

The DOT has nearly 700 personnel and more than 360 trucks equipped with snow plows and/or salt-gravel mixture spreaders on duty; some 75 trucks working in the Metro Atlanta area alone. 

The work is focusing on the Interstate Highway System and other heavily used federal and state roadways, with a goal of keeping them passable for first responders and emergency travel. 

Real-time road conditions and general information is available by dialing 511 and at www.511ga.org

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