NORTH FULTON, Ga. — It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in North Fulton.
Most areas were blanketed by from 6 to 8 inches of snow Friday and Saturday, creating a minor mess on the roadways and closing schools.
Most businesses, along with government offices, closed early Friday.
Fulton County Schools closed around noon Friday, Dec. 8 once snow and ice began to accumulate on the roads. Due to icy conditions, Fulton Schools remained closed all of Monday, and the City of Roswell delayed opening for two hours until 10 a.m.
Recreation and Parks classes, programs and events were cancelled for safety reasons over the weekend. Likewise, school events and games, including the highly anticipated Blessed Trinity state championships and the Centennial vs. Alpharetta basketball game, were postponed.
Roswell and Alpharetta police urged people to stay off the roads unless “absolutely necessary,” especially Friday night, as ice made roads like Pine Grove Road, Dogwood Road and Grimes Bridge Road in Roswell nearly impassable. The weight of the accumulated snow overnight downed multiple power lines and trees, leaving many without power.
Police said Monday that the Roswell 911 Center processed over 900 calls during the weekend for car accidents, downed trees and power lines, and other storm-related calls.
The city of Roswell offers instant notifications for road closures and weather-related emergencies directly from their 911 center through nixle.com. Updates can also be found at roswellgov.com/residents/weather-updates.
In Alpharetta, municipal offices closed at 1 p.m. Friday, and all non-essential personnel were dismissed for the day. The exodus created by the early business and school closings Friday created a greater than usual traffic backup, especially along Ga. 400 and Old Milton Parkway.
Most events, including the “Walk to Remember” at old Milton High School, were postponed. The school alumni event has been rescheduled for from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17.
Alpharetta Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard said the city was geared up for from 3 to 4 inches of snow – more than had been predicted. When the snow kept falling, dropping close to 8 or 9 inches, road crews were kept busy all weekend plowing main roadways and spreading sand and gravel, Drinkard said.
On Saturday, a section of Ga. 400 near Windward Parkway was closed due to ice. Westside Parkway north of Old Milton Parkway was shut down the same day for the same reason.
A power outage played havoc with traffic signals on North Point Parkway for a time, and traffic was stalled on Milton Avenue when a tree fell across the roadway.
Drinkard said by Monday, road crews had cleared and de-iced most of the trouble spots along the major Alpharetta thoroughfares and secondary routes. Workers then turned their attention to trouble spots within neighborhoods.
—Pat Fox and Julia Grochowski