It pays to pay attention to the weather in the winter time in Northwest Georgia.  Chattooga County has seen a couple rounds of winter weather this week on Monday and again Wednesday. 

There were several Chattooga County residents that wound up spending the night in Rome or elesewhere due to the icy conditions.  AM 1180 was told about one area resident that made it up Lookout Mountain Wednesday evening after several hours – only to sleep in the their car because they could go no further on Georgia Highway 157 at Cloudland and were forced to pull in a driveway for the night.

Chattooga County Public Works Director Lamar Canada told AM 1180 that his crews were notified early about the possibilities of winter weather and that the public works department pays close attention to the warning signs of bad weather.

Chattooga County EMA Director Eddie Henderson began seeing the development of problems to the west of Chattooga County early on Wednesday and he along with Commissioner Jason Winters began to brace for bad weather which eventually came in the form of icy roads on Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Officials say that residents should pay close attention to the weather this time of the year – especially when there is the possibility for ice to develop on roadways.  With temperatures this morning in the lower 30’s there may be some icing on roadways – especially on bridges.