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Georgians urged to avoid non-essential travel amid winter storm

There are reports of numerous accidents and hazardous road conditions across north Georgia and metro Atlanta.

ATLANTA — Governor Brian Kemp is urging Georgians to stay off the roads as snow moves through much of north Georgia and metro Atlanta, causing dangerous road conditions for motorists.

"Georgians, please avoid non-essential travel in areas impacted by the storm," Kemp stated in a tweet.

The National Weather Service Atlanta said there are reports of numerous accidents across the region. The agency is advising people to remain cautious. 

"Please, please, take it easy out there. Roads are beginning to freeze up as very cold air continues to filter in," the NWS stated.

There are reports of multiple trees down along Highway 356 toward Unicoi State Park. Saturday morning, a wreck on Interstate 20 westbound just before Candler Road caused all lanes to shut down. 

Leaders in Cobb County said high winds have caused scattered power outages downed trees, impacted traffic signals, and other hazardous conditions on the roads.

11Alive StormTrackers said the winter storm is impacting the area through late Sunday night, bringing snow, rain mixing with or changing to snow, sleet, and freezing rain. All drivers should avoid all non-essential travel, the Georgia Department of Transportation said.

"If you must get on the road, check @ga_dps & @GADeptofTrans for tips on how to be prepared," Kemp said.

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