BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin County residents woke up to the first snow of the season. The county along with surrounding counties in north Georgia was issued a Winter Storm Warning by the National Weather Service in the early afternoon of Dec. 7.
This warning warning called for up to one inch of snow and was effective through Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 a.m. Forecast models varied greatly on this winter weather, some calling for only a half-inch on grassy surfaces and others stating to expect up to five inches of snow.
Fannin County School Systems canceled school on Friday, and the Fannin County Courthouse will close early at noon.
Fannin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Robert Graham spoke with FetchYourNews on current road conditions and what to expect overnight.
As of 10 a.m., Graham reported that most roads in our county were still in good condition and no major problems had been reported to his team. “We are starting to experience the roads becoming covered and there are patchy areas. Aska, out toward Dial, and Hwy. 60 as you go out to Suches has some tricky areas,” Graham said, speaking of current road conditions.
“I would recommend not getting out unless you have to,” the EMA Director answered when asked about the safety of the roads through the afternoon.
With temperatures expected to drop well below freezing tonight, Graham cautioned about roadways freezing overnight and into early tomorrow morning. “If you need supplies, the earlier you can get them, the better. We could see more snow, and with all this precipitation, we could see some black ice,” Graham stated.
Graham recommended avoiding travel tonight as there is still uncertainty about what this winter storm could bring.
Fannin County remains under a Winter Storm Warning until 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
Fannin County EMA latest weather update via Nixle:
Winter Storm Warning until 07:00AM Saturday
…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM FRIDAY TO 7 AM EST SATURDAY…
* WHAT…Periods of snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Friday. Total snow accumulations of one to two inches are expected with higher elevations above 1500 feet potentially receiving up to three inches.
* WHERE…Generally north and east of a line from Ellijay to Dawsonville to Dahlonega to Cleveland in northeast Georgia.
* WHEN…From 5 AM Friday to 7 AM EST Saturday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Slick and dangerous road conditions are possible, especially in higher elevations and on elevated bridges and overpasses.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
* AFFECTED AREAS: DAWSON … FANNIN … GILMER … LUMPKIN … TOWNS … UNION … WHITE
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As of 4:00 P.M. Monday, August 8, 2017, Fannin County EMA notified residents that the boil water advisory has been lifted. The city continues to work around the clock to fix mechanical errors relating to the pumps at the water plant and asks residents to continue to limit water usage.
Fannin County EMA –
Please be advised the precautionary boil water advisory has been lifted for Blue Ridge Water Customers. Please continue to limit water usage while the system replenishes the supply.
BLUE RIDGE, GA – The Fannin County Emergency Management Agency released a series of notifications today, Saturday, August 5th relating to a water emergency facing the city. The water treatment plant experienced a closure due to malfunctioning equipment in both water pumps. FCEMA sent out an announcement asking all customers to conserve water until further notice.
Fannin County’s Community Emergency Response Team has set up a filling station in the event of further shortages. August 5th beginning at 4pm, CERT teams are located at the Blue Ridge City Hall building and at the Fannin County Fire Station #1 until 10:00 pm tonight.
If residents should have need for water, CERT requests they bring their own containers for filling at City Hall and citizens will be able to get bottled water at the downtown fire station. CERT has also made arrangements for delivery of water to those unable to leave their home.
As of 3:55 pm today, FCEMA lifted the water boil alert and announced they have one pump up and running. They still ask all customers to continue conserving water usage until the tanks can refill and both pumps are operational.
Earlier today: Water Emergency in City of Blue Ridge
FANNIN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
181 Church Street
Blue Ridge, Ga 30513
Contact: Robert Poole, PIO
Report Period: January 30th, thru February 5th, 2017
The following figures represent emergency calls dispatched
Law Enforcement (cities & county) 559
- McCaysville Ambulance 19
- Blue Ridge Ambulance 38
- Morganton Ambulance 27
- Dial Ambulance 13
- Misc (mutual aid, special events, etc) 0
*Above EMS numbers do not include non-emergency calls or transfers to other (out of town) hospitals.
Robert Poole, PIO
Fannin County Emergency Management Agency