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Main roads in better shape as temps rise above freezing today

UPDATED 11:33 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11 — The worst may be behind us in Ice Storm 2011 as a combination of road crew efforts and rising temperatures melt away much of the icy coating on main roads in Fayette County.

While schools, government offices and a majority of businesses remain closed for the second straight day after an accumulation of 1 to 3 inches of snow, then ice, brought normal operations to a halt, state highways 54 and 85 were easily passable at 11 a.m. today.

Icy patches remain, prompting the need for caution and much slower speeds, but wet asphalt is now the rule rather than the exception.

Even secondary roads are clear in many areas, with the remaining trouble spots mainly in neighborhoods, cul-de-sacs and other less-traveled areas.

A steady flow of traffic is occurring on the main drag through Fayetteville as of 11 a.m., but the slushy medians and turn lanes are still problematic.

In a specific note, The Citizen’s parking lot in Fayetteville that was a sheet of ice yesterday is today mainly wet asphalt and mostly ice-free.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a high today of 37 degrees, with above-freezing temperatures from now until just after sundown. The latest freezing rain advisory expires at noon today.

The NWS local forecast:

This afternoon: A chance of freezing drizzle before 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. West wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Northwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Northwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 17. Northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 37. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 15.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 44.

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Cyclist's picture

hunkered down and ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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...the birds! I made some extra-protein packed suet cakes this morning and put them out at lunchtime. The birds will need seed and water tomorrow as well. I hope all the kids enjoy their free day!

PTC Observer's picture

Great point!

There's nothing like seeing birds eating seed against a white blanket.

Stay warm all.

Filled both my feeders yesterday w/sunflower seeds and put out a fresh suet block this pm. I cover the birdbath at night and, if necessary, break ice & refill it in the morning. Now, if it'll just climb above freezing, all will be ok.

I have fed the birds maybe 100 pounds. The squirrels at least 1000 pounds!

Have three "squirrel proof feeders." And two for the squirrels, but they eat the birds food first. Akin to Wall Street I think.

I buy 20 lbs of Sunflower seeds about every 2 weeks for the birds (3 feeders). Only thing I feed squirrels is lead--once.

in part of PTC from about 10:45 to midnight. Was it a test? It went back on at the stroke of midnight. It's been a long time since it was out for so long here. There ought to be a law that if the power goes out during a playoff game, you get double your money back from the power co. I mean, fair is fair. Now the Falcons need to dispose of the Packers just like Packers just disposed of the dog killer.

Speaking of which, I just saw these headlines in the Boston Herald newspaper (think about it)

"Rex Ryan Gang Green afoot"
"Nice feat by Jets coach to step on Pats "arch" nemesis"

LMAO

I've lived in Peachtree City now for 28 years, but I have several questions.
Is it now a state law that you drive in a light snow with your emergency lights flashing? Are you supposed to increase your speed and ignore all 4 way stops?
Oh yes, and texting and talking on a cellphone driving on slick streets is a must, I'm sure.
I'm just an old crabby man and I'm glad that old age don't last that long.

PTC Observer's picture

From one old person to another, stay off the roads.

911 was invented for stupid people. You have to just laugh at the morons in the ditch or into a tree. They ask for it. Now the funniest thing today was the guy in Atlanta in his brand new BMW. He sat on ice spinning the tires so fast that the tires began to burn. Yup, he burned his car up. Its gone. Now he was a major dumb butt. Yes I guess the country as a whole is dumming down.

Ga Hwy 74 open all lanes some slush between lanes speed at or slightly below posted speed limits 50 mph.

Peachtree Parkway lanes clear with some accumulation and slush between lanes. speed 35-40 mph.

Brealin Road and Crosstown mostly clear, some slick spots on and off the road into driveways speed 30 mph.

Side roads, some clear road in tire tracks, mostly covered with snow/ice mix , slippery speed 15 mph tops.

PTC Observer's picture

for all you do.

Children have the ability to make lemonade out of lemons!! I'm enjoying the children sliding down the icy hill in front of our house. They are having a ball!! By the way - is the post office delivering mail today?

Cyclist's picture

We didn't have icy hills in front of our houses in LA. But I do remember going down hilly streets with little red wagons. I'm surprised I survived that.

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"I wasn't prepared." Come on people, do you not have a Tv or radio? The news channels have been talking about this for 3 or 4 days. You people really scare me and hopefully, you are unable to reproduce.

they probably weren't prepared!!

CombatCorrespondent's picture

Just a few shots from around the county of the public works guys out clearing the roadways, kids playing and people just dealing with it ...

http://www.kombatkamera.com/Journalism/Local-News/News-Stuff/7952631_aot...

Mike

Cyclist's picture

Thanks for the photos. This coming August I’ll really appreciate these cold days.

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there seem to be only two types of driver out today. The old poops like me who go about 5-15 miles below the speed limit and look for icy patches and avoid them, but still keep it moving. The others are the ones who go about 10 miles over the speed limit or higher and try to find every slush/ice pile and just gun it when they go over it and then slam on the brakes when they come up behind the first group.
Oh, the sun is trying to come out now, the temp. is just above freezing and the really bad icy spots seem to be in the parking lots...you can get there in the car, but it's a scary walk into the store from your parking spot. Be careful out there, I think there will be more slip and fall accidents than traffic accidents in the next few days...

Cyclist's picture

to work tomorrow. Then perhaps a certain thread will cool off.

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Still a lot of ice out there, be careful!

On a positive note, the second installment of Ben Nelms fluoride diatribe should be posted here tonight (assuming Ben was able to wash all the blood from his hands after this weekend's shooting). It'll be interesting to read what sort of fringe scientific theories Mr. Nelms will be promulgatin' this week.

The Wedge's picture

I do not want to be mean today. There is too much ice out there anyway. Have a good day!

too late, too late! I saw it, I saw it---you made a disparaging comment about El Greasebo! Naughty, naughty!

The Wedge's picture

What can I say. He has been getting more and more shrill. The latest bit is making him a characher of himself

It's ok--as one of the "Anything Goes" gang, you're authorized! Did you talk to the "Feeb" guy yet?

The Wedge's picture

Disoriented behavior may have contributed and there may not have been a dumping--maybe a self and accidental dumping. I think the examiner labs are still out

Cant believe they are closed for the 3rd day. The kids are getting stir crazy

With lows tonight in the teens, won't get any better tonight. Hopefully we'll get some SUNSHINE tomorrow.

Cabin Fever is setting in on me too. :)

CombatCorrespondent's picture

Just a few new photos from today of the road crews out clearing the roads of ice and snow. They have done a heck of a job around the clock the last few days clearing the roadways around the county!!

http://www.kombatkamera.com/gallery/7952631_aotgj#1154186826_VQSHX

Mike

So much for neither snow, no rain, etc, etc -------paraphrasing here--so no corrections needed.

...dark of night will make us get on those roads!

I got a grocery flier yesterday for four day's mail!

Guess they got no tire chains. Nor horses. Nor feet.

Are the police and firemen running?

All I got yesterday was throwaway stuff too but remember mail has to get here from elsewhere and there have been both highway & air delivery problems all over.

The US Postal Service has no official creed or motto. The phrase you cite is an inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City derived from a quote from Herodotus' Histories referring to the courier service of the ancient Persian Empire. Hey, look at this way, the creditors will have to wait a few days for payment!

or motto--. One thing I have found is that so many people on this site take everything literally. As for the creditors waiting, I would rather they get their payments on time---got to keep those credit scores up, you know. Guess Bonkie, did not get his head stuck in a snow bank after all---so much for wishful thinking (again, just a little levity--no response needed.)

hutch866's picture

Bonkers has morphed into roundabout now, new name, same lame message.

I yam what I yam

You know all those union folks will stay home, They have an excuse not to come in and they still get paid. So why show up if your pay still comes. Free paid vacation. The american dream at its best.

hutch866's picture

[quote=normal]911 was invented for stupid people. You have to just laugh at the morons in the ditch or into a tree. They ask for it. Now the funniest thing today was the guy in Atlanta in his brand new BMW. He sat on ice spinning the tires so fast that the tires began to burn. Yup, he burned his car up. Its gone. Now he was a major dumb butt. Yes I guess the country as a whole is dumming down.[/quote]

Yet the postal workers are supposed to not only reach work, but supposed to deliver mail? Must be that they have some kind of special vehicle issued to them. As far as dumming(sic) goes, I believe you're leading the way.

I yam what I yam

I cant wait for my postal guy to show up. I get good exercise going to the other neighborhood to get my mail or taking mail from my box to anothers house. Thats because at least once a week he puts the wrong mail in the wrong box. Thats union professionalism.

My guy must not have gotten the memo. We got our mail yesterday.

No paper until noon today, though, and still no sign of UPS or FedEx.

I went by yesterday & they were open. I even got mail delivered to the mailbox yesterday. Now UPS & Fed-X stayed home. I get a "Free" paid vacation (always have) and I thought it was figured into my pay so I never really considered it to be free. Bet you are 1 of those people that thinks the USPS loses money because it is "run" by the gov'ment. Try to get UPS to deliver a brick to say Chinle, AZ but your PO is required to take it, even if they have to lose money doing it.

I think the mail runs too much. 3 days a week would easily cover the need. They could cut the transportation budget in HALF.

considering the Postal Service is 7 BILLION dollars in debt. Guess who's gonna pay all those unemployed postal workers when they get laid off, though.

And just remember how scary laid off postal workers can be, too.

Hooray! The sun is out! The newspaper was in the driveway - and I'm hoping the mail will arrive. Too much 'in the house' activity for this grandmother!! Turned off the news and shut down the computer for a while. Whew! Winter in LA meant a trip to the other side of the 'grapevine' for snow - or a trip to Arrowhead or Big Bear. This has been an experience!!

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