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Officials call for caution as roads may ice up

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Georgia Department of Transportation officials are urging motorists to exercise caution on roadways as the potential for winter weather approaches.

The past several days of rain has made driving treacherous for commuters, and it's making work difficult for county crews dealing with accidents and downed trees.

Crews in Gwinnett County worked in the rain on Thursday as they tried to repair a water main break near Lyle Circle and Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville. They say it created an 8-foot sinkhole and a motorist drove into it. The female driver was not hurt.

Trees were reported down on roadways in the metro area, making driving a bit of a problem for commuters.

A large tree fell down across Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta, blocking the whole road and bringing down power lines, according to Atlanta police. Georgia Power crews were brought in to restore power to the area.

In DeKalb County, a tree fell down at Old Briarcliff Road at Briar Park Court, temporarily blocking traffic. Crews were able to quickly clear the tree from the roadway.

Georgia Department of Transportation officials say wet roads coupled with dropping temperatures could create several problems during Friday morning's commute.

"Our biggest concern is all this water. It's not snow, really here in Atlanta. We're not concerned about that, the ground temperatures are pretty warm here. What we're concerned about is all this water being on the roadways and then early Friday morning, when the temperatures do drop, we can have ice, especially on the elevated structures," said GDOT's Mark McKinnon.

According to GDOT officials, they have almost 1600 workers ready to go should the roads become impassible in the mountains. or roads ice up in the metro area.

GDOT says motorists should be aware of potentially dangerous situations as the winter weather approaches.

·    Bridges, as black ice forms there first and can reform quickly
·    Highest elevations in North Central and Northeast Georgia
·    Fallen trees, with root systems weakened by drought and saturated by recent heavy rains, the potential exists for  strong winds to cause trees to fall onto or adjacent to roadways
·    Traffic signals not operating because of power outages
·    High profile vehicles, as they can be difficult to control in high winds

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