010818 weather

A truck with a snow plow attachment sits ready Sunday at the Rome Public Works Complex on Jackson Hill. (Diane Wagner / RN-T.com)

Rome and Floyd County schools will be closed this morning, with local and state officials preparing late Sunday for hazardous ice on the roads.

“Due to the anticipated conditions, we decided to close,” said Rome City Schools Superintendent Lou Byars.

Also, the fifth grade Kaleidoscope trip to Tybee for Floyd County Schools will be rescheduled. After school activities are cancelled as well.

Schools in Polk, Bartow and Gordon counties also announced closings, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College will delay the opening of all campuses until noon, according to spokeswoman Amber Jordan. Darlington school is also closed on Monday.

County offices and the courthouse will delay opening until 1 p.m. on Monday. Jurors should call the jury call number before reporting in at 1 p.m.

The National Weather Service is forecasting freezing rain from 1 a.m. to 11 a.m. A special winter weather advisory for Floyd, Polk, Chattooga and four other Northwest Georgia counties indicates a tenth of an inch of ice is expected.

“The freezing rain will result in difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute ... Be prepared for slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving,” the NWS warned.

Floyd County Public Works Director Michael Skeen said Sunday that crews are on standby and their equipment is ready.

“We always have our spreaders ready this time of year,” he noted.

Rome Public Works crews built a briner last year, to make saline to pretreat the roads. Skeen said the county made some distribution tanks of its own and now buys brine from the city.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews started pretreating interstate routes, bridges and overpasses early Sunday morning. A second shift was slated to continue the brine treatments and monitor conditions from 9 p.m. through 9 a.m. this morning.

Byars said Rome High School is cleared for occupancy after a gas leak Saturday night led to an evacuation halfway through the boys’ game against Villa Rica.

“We’ll make that up at a later date,” he said. “Safety was our priority.”

Gas was shut off to the building when the Rome-Floyd County Fire Department detected high readings in an area between the cafeteria and the gymnasium. Crews from the school system and Atlanta Gas Light were at the school Sunday to make repairs and determine what happened.

“The gas is on. There’s heat in the building,” Byars said.

The issue was tracked to an area under the parking lot, Byars said, adding that there is still a bit of work to be done but it would not have interfered with classes.