Snow a no-show in Gwinnett, but icy roads still a worry



Gwinnett County awoke to a similar thought as others places in metro Atlanta on Saturday morning: where's the snow?

The county government was able to “deactivate” its emergency command center by 7 a.m. and keep only a minimal staff on hand there to monitor the situation, officials said.

But Gwinnett did have icy roads.

"There are numerous slick spots on roads around the county,” Gwinnett spokesman Joe Sorenson said early Saturday. “Our transportation crews are working directly with 911 dispatch and public safety staff to identify and treat problem areas.”

Capt. Tommy Rutledge, fire department spokesman, said Gwinnett residents helped public safety workers by listening to warnings to stay off the roads and prepare for the weather.

“I think we really dodged the bullet this time,” he said of the lack of snow and issues. “It was really pretty much routine calls through the night. We fared well. We were ready.”

But officials are continuing to monitor the weather as freezing temperatures are expected to remain Saturday.

Among the problem areas on Gwinnett roads reported in the morning was Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. The westbound side of the road was shut down around 8:15 a.m. near Shorty Howell Park, the city police department said on Twitter.

At Buford Highway, Pleasant Hill Road is a “sheet of ice,” the agency said, adding that North Berkeley Lake Road and Rogers Bridge Road are also of concern.

“(Please) stay home until temps rise or you can see,” the department said.

A tractor trailer also took a slide on I-85 near Ga. 20 after 6 a.m.

In Snellville, police said on Twitter that icy areas were reported on Lenora Church Road, U.S. 78, Henry Clower Boulevard, Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Grayson Pkwy.

Around 7 a.m., a car was stuck in the median on U.S. 78.

“Watch your speed and be careful going around curves,” Snellville police said. “Please don't get over confident with temps in the low 20s.”