A winter storm that covered Banks County with snow Saturday night and into Monday morning has shut down the county with government offices, schools and businesses closed through Wednesday.
County government offices, including those at the courthouse and the annex, will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday. The Banks County School System will also be closed again on Thursday, with superintendent Chris Erwin asking that teachers who are able to do so to report to work at 10 a.m.
The board of commissioners, board of education and Homer City Council meetings scheduled for Tuesday night were canceled due to the weather. The Banks County Chamber of Commerce breakfast scheduled for Thursday has been canceled, and so has the BOC hearing on Sam's Food Mart that had been scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
As of mid-day Wednesday, roads remained in bad condition in parts of the county.
“We continue our message to not travel unless you have to,” 911 director Deidra Moore said Wednesday. “While the main roadways have had some work and seem OK, they still have some bad spots and the secondary roads are still very bad. We hope that, with the rising sun, some of the ice and snow/ice mix will begin to melt. But, the problem is that our temperature is not expected to rise quickly. On our last check on temperature, we recorded 24 degrees.”
Moore said the 911 center has received reports of 15 wrecks, as of Wednesday, as well as 14 cars broken down or motorist assists and three abandoned vehicles.
The temperatures are expected to be warmer later this week with the forecast calling for a high near 43 on Friday.
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