ATLANTA (WTOC) - Governor Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency Tuesday night due to winter weather for 83 counties, spanning much of central and north Georgia.
The line extends from Columbus to Macon to Augusta and northward.
"Following the latest update from the National Weather Service, and acting upon the recommendation from the state's Emergency Operations Command, I've issued an executive order closing state government for non-essential personnel tomorrow," said Deal. "The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will continue treating our roads and interstates. To ensure people's safety and to allow GDOT to do its job, I urge people to remain home and off the roads. We will continue monitoring the weather and will provide updates as necessary."
Acting on a recommendation from the state Emergency Operations Command, Governor Deal announced Wednesday that state government will remain closed for non-essential personnel on Thursday, Jan. 18, across the 83 counties impacted by winter weather.
Read the full emergency declaration here.