Gilmer prepares for inclement weather with closings


ELLIJAY, Ga. – Warnings of winter weather and notifications from the National Weather Service have forced closings and delays in Gilmer County tonight.

According to the National Weather Service, “total snow accumulations of two to four inches with isolated higher and ice accumulations of a light glaze to one-tenth of an inch possible.”

In effect until 7 p.m. Friday, elevations above 1500 feet will see worse conditions.

The conditions are already seeing posts and statements of closures. The Gilmer Sheriff’s Office reported, “Due to the inclement weather that is expected overnight, the Courthouse and all County Offices for non-essential employees will be delayed until 10:00am Friday morning, January 8, 2021.”

In addition to the courthouse, Gilmer Schools has also closed their school facilities. Instead choosing to go forward with a virtual learning day. They posted saying, “Because the safety of Gilmer County students and staff is our highest priority, Gilmer County Schools will plan to hold a virtual learning day tomorrow Friday January 8, 2021.”

Gilmer Health Department is also closing due to the weather, “Due to anticipated winter weather conditions that could result in hazardous road conditions, the Fannin County and Gilmer County Health Departments will be CLOSED tomorrow, Friday, January 8. Any further updates regarding weather impacts on public health services in North Georgia will be provided by the North Georgia Health District.”

Waiting for the storm to hit, these closures come with just the warning of winter weather as officials are attempting to provide for safety and security of citizens.

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