County returns to normal after winter weather causes minor accidents over the weekend

A truck skid off the road into a ditch on Roland Hayes Parkway over the weekend. Gordon County E-911 received 149 calls over the weekend due to winter weather.

Gordon County residents finally got a taste of winter over the weekend as the area was hit with 1 - 3 inches of snow beginning late Friday, Dec. 6. While not considered a major event, schools released early on Friday in preparation for the weather system moving into the area.

As residents woke up on Saturday, they were greeted with snow and below-freezing temperatures.

Gordon County E-911 reported 149 weather-related calls from Friday until Monday at midnight. Most calls involved minor accidents, the most major being the blockage on State Route 53 east of Fairmount.

The incident occurred sometime before 11:30 p.m. on Friday when a tractor trailer jackknifed on the side of the small mountain just east of Fairmount, blocking Highway 53. Another tractor trailer, driving down the mountain, ran off the side of the road trying to avoid the first tractor trailer. No contact was made between the two trucks, but the area was not cleared due to hazardous road conditions until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Only a few minor injuries were reported due to the various vehicle accidents, which ranged from minor fender-benders to single vehicles stuck in ditches due to sliding off of roadways.

According to Gordon County E-911, no power outages were reported during the event, a fact that helped many during the extreme freezing conditions, where temperatures fell overnight Saturday into the teens.

Schools remained closed on Monday due to the refreezing of roadways overnight Sunday; schools opened their doors to students on Tuesday.

For those that did not enjoy the first cold snap of the winter season, fear not: temperatures later this week are expected to be in the upper 60’s to low 70’s.

For more photos from the recent snow, see page 2B.