Rain clears most roads in North Georgia

Rain clears most roads in North Georgia

February 12th, 2014 by Tim Omarzu in Local - Breaking News

On Tuesday, the city of Trion, Ga., got 4 inches of snow in just over 24 hours, which put it in the top 10 snow reports in the Southern Appalachian region.

That's according to what bills itself as "the ultimate source for snow information" - the National Weather Service's National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center in Chanhassen, Minn.

This afternoon, snow hasn't been much of a problem in Trion, the seat of Chattooga County, or elsewhere in northwest Georgia.

"We had a lot of ice this morning. It's mostly gone away," Chattooga County Public Works Director Joe Reed said at 1 p.m. "Been raining the last several hours."

Reed said the roads were "clear as a bell."

He anticipated that might not last.

"They're saying we may get somewhere between 3 and 5 inches later today," Reed said.

Road crews were taking a break in Walker County, Ga., county coordinator David Ashburn said at mid-day.

"Most of the roads are clear," he said.

Ashburn said there had been a few minor accidents, but overall "it's been pretty low-key."

"People have done a good job of staying home," he said.

Last month, less than 1 percent of the Southern Appalachian region had snow cover.

Yesterday, about 48 percent of the region was covered with snow, with an average depth of 0.6 inches - and a maximum of 14.9 inches, according to the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center. It gathers "daily ground-based, airborne, and satellite snow observations from all available electronic sources," according to its website.

The Southern Appalachian region includes the Chattanooga area. It consists of parts of north Georgia, eastern Tennessee and West Virginia, and western North Carolina and Virginia.