Local News

January 28, 2014

Area Closings (Updated 5:26 p.m.)

Officials are urging motorists who don’t have to be out on the roads to stay off.

“Snow is sticking to the roads and making them slippery,” said Dalton Police Department spokesman Bruce Frazier. “We’ve got reports of traffic crashes all over town.”

There were at least 20 motor vehicle accidents reported as of about noon in Whitfield County, most of them on the north and west side, said Claude Craig, director of emergency management services.

Dug Gap Battle Road is the only road reported closed as of 5 p.m., although traffic was heavy or stopped on several other roads because of wrecks. Craig asked those who don’t need to use cellphones to stay off of them to avoid jamming the circuits.

In Murray County, Mount Carmel Church Road was closed from U.S. 411 to the top of the nearby hill, but there were reports of icing in areas around the county as of 5 p.m.

• Dalton State College is open, but the website says “all students are urged to use their best judgment about whether or not it is safe to travel.” The Gilmer campus is closed for the remainder of the day.

• All campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College are closed today as of 11:30 a.m.

• The Murray County government offices are closed as of 12:15 p.m.

• Whitfield County Transit closed at 11:30 a.m. today because of the threat of winter weather.

Family members of people who use the service at Crossplains Community Partners, Bridgeway Day Treatment and Highland Rivers should make arrangements to receive their family members or they will be returned to the agencies, according to a release from Whitfield County.

All other transit schedules have been canceled for today.

• The Dalton-Whitfield County Library closed at noon.

• The Chatsworth-Murray Library will close at 1 p.m.

• Whitfield and Murray County health departments as well as the offices of the North Georgia Health District closed at noon. They are currently scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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