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City prepares for weekend weather

January 05, 2017

*Update: 11:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6:

Snow-trucksRoads are increasingly slick.  Several reports of cars sliding off the road around North Fulton County.  Crews remain on the roads throughout the City spreading salt and sand.  However, it is highly recommended that residents remain off of the roads throughout the night if at all possible.  The Emergency Operations Center and Traffic Control Center in Johns Creek will remain open throughout tonight and into Saturday monitoring the roads.  Weather forecasts continue to call for snow accumulation between 1-3 inches, as well as freezing temperatures through Sunday.   

 

Please see earlier updates (below) regarding reporting power outages to Georgia Power and Sawnee if needed, as well as continue to monitor local weather reports. 

 

Stay warm and stay safe.


Snow*Update: 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6: 
The road temperatures are now below freezing and the snow is beginning to accumulate on the streets so please stay safe.  Crews will continue to treat the streets with salt and sand throughout tonight and into the morning.  Recommend that residents remain off the roads if possible.  City staff will continue to monitor the roads from the Emergency Operations Center at Police Headquarters and from the Traffic Control Center in City Hall throughout the night and into the weekend.
 
The National Weather Service reports that temperatures are forecast to fall into the 25-30 degree range overnight.  This combined with gusty winds will drop wind chill values into the 10-20 degree range into Saturday morning.  It is best to remain indoors.  The winter storm warning will remain in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday and snow accumulation is still expected to be between 1-4 inches.

Please continue to monitor local weather reports and the City's Facebook pagePolice Department, and Fire Department Facebook pages.


*Update: 4:15 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6:

weather mapJohns Creek City personnel began overseeing road treatments earlier this afternoon and will continue the process throughout the night and into tomorrow.  Bridges are the top priority, along with main artery roads.  View road priorities and bridge locations map.  Roads and bridges/overpasses will become slick making travel extremely hazardous, especially tonight and into early Saturday morning.  In bands of heavy snow, visibility could be reduced to less than a 1.5 miles.  Please exercise extreme caution if travel is necessary.  Please refrain from using the roads if possible.

 

According to the National Weather Service, up to ¼ inch of ice is possible as rain and sleet continues and road temperatures drop.  Rain mixed with sleet and freezing rain is expected to continue late this afternoon and into early this evening.  The precipitation will begin to change over to snow later this evening and into the night. 

 

City personnel will continue to staff the Emergency Operations Center and Traffic Control Center throughout tonight and into this weekend.  Please continue to monitor local weather reporting.  In the event of power outages, please see previous updates regarding contact information for Georgia Power and Sawnee.  Please continue to monitor the City's Facebook page, Police Department, and Fire Department Facebook pages for additional information.
 

*Update: 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6:

City Offices (including Municipal Court and Park Place) are now closed.  However, essential City personnel will remain at work throughout the day and into this weekend to staff the City’s Emergency Operations Center, which is located at Police Headquarters in Technology Park.  City personnel will also continue to staff the Traffic Control Center, which is located in City Hall.  Park Place at Newtown School will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 7.

 

The National Weather Service advises that a winter storm warning remains in effect from 4 p.m. this afternoon until 1 p.m. Saturday for metro Atlanta.  A mixture of rain, sleet, and snow is expected with accumulations of 2-4 inches anticipated. 

 

City Staff is prepared  to direct the treatment of bridges and roads with salt and sand.  However, the roads may still become slick making travel hazardous.  Snowfall may be heavy at times and reduce visibility.  Travel could quickly become dangerous so avoid the roads if possible once precipitation begins.  Exercise extreme caution if travel is necessary.

 

In the event of power outages, please see the notes below from Georgia Power and Sawnee for assistance:

 

Georgia Power

The Georgia Power Company (GPC) is monitoring weather activity and positioned to respond to outages safely and aggressively.  New outages can be reported at www.georgiapower.com/storm or by phone at (888) 891-0938. Customers can also visit this website to sign up for Outage Alerts, which will automatically notify them via phone, text, or email when there is a service interruption and provide them with restoration updates.  If customers have a concern about the electric wires entering their homes or businesses, they should contact GPC for assistance coordinating necessary repairs at (888) 660-5890.  Please assume all downed lines are energized and to stay far away from them.  If outages are significant, they will provide periodic updates via email relative to GPC restoration progress.

 

Sawnee

Staff and crews are on site and will remain ready to respond should its customers begin to experience power outages.  Sawnee’s smart meters are designed to alert them immediately in the event of a power outage.  While it is not typically necessary that Sawnee’s customers report a power outage personally, they have provided the following methods should customers need to contact them:

By Phone at 770-887-2363

Via Text at 678-999-8124 (please be prepared to provide an account number)


*Update: 10:50 a.m., Friday, Jan. 6: 

The National Weather Service as issued a winter storm warning beginning at 4 p.m. this afternoon.  Forecast modeling still indicates snow accumulation is possible between 1-4 inches.  The City has approximately 40 tons of salt and approximately 1,500 tons of sand stockpiled in three different locations in Johns Creek, as well as four trucks on standby to pretreat the roads and bridges once precipitation begins. The City will continue to treat the roads and bridges as needed. City personnel are on alert and prepared to work 24/7 as weather conditions dictate.  Once precipitation begins, it is recommended that residents avoid using the roads if possible.

 

City Offices (including Municipal Court and Park Place) will close at 1 p.m. Fulton County Schools and administrative offices will be closing at noon.  Park Place at Newtown School will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 7.

 

Please continue to closely monitor local weather reports.  Residents can also receive information updates on the City's Facebook page, as well as the Johns Creek Police Department and Johns Creek Fire Department Facebook pages.


*Update: 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 6: Park Place at Newtown School will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 7.

*Update: 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6: City Offices (including Municipal Court and Park Place) will close at 1 p.m. Fulton County Schools and administrative offices will be closing at noon. 

The City of Johns Creek will continue to monitor the weather throughout tonight and tomorrow. We recommend that residents and business owners closely follow the weather reports.

The City is making preparations in the event the incoming weather front results in ice and snow accumulation. If we begin to see precipitation, including sleet, snow, or ice, we are recommending for people to stay off the road if possible.
 

If necessary, the City is prepared to stand up its Emergency Operations Center at Police Headquarters in Technology Park. The City will closely monitor the roads with spotters driving the roads and from the Traffic Control Center in City Hall. The City has approximately 40 tons of salt and approximately 1,500 tons of sand stockpiled in three different locations in Johns Creek, as well as four trucks on standby to pretreat the roads and bridges once precipitation begins. The City will continue to treat the roads and bridges as needed. City personnel are on alert and prepared to work 24/7 as weather conditions dictate.
 

In addition to monitoring local weather information, residents can also receive information updates here on the City's Facebook page, as well as the Johns Creek Police Department and Johns Creek Fire Department Facebook pages.