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Clarke and Oconee Schools, UGA Are Closed Wednesday

Everybody stay warm.

Both the Clarke and Oconee county school districts announced Tuesday night that schools will be closed Wednesday in anticipation of possible snow early this morning. The University of Georgia delayed opening before calling off classes entirely.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for central Georgia (including Athens) until 10 a.m. Wednesday. There is a 70 percent chance of precipitation, with a predicted low of 23 degrees. One to two inches of snow is possible.

“Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday,” the advisory says.

Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in 83 counties, including Clarke. Non-essential state employees are not expected to report to work on Wednesday.

“Following the latest update from the National Weather Service, and acting upon the recommendation from the state’s Emergency Operations Command, I’ve issued an executive order closing state government for non-essential personnel tomorrow,” Deal said in a news release. “The Georgia Department of Transportation [GDOT] will continue treating our roads and interstates. To ensure people’s safety and to allow GDOT to do its job, I urge people to remain home and off the roads. We will continue monitoring the weather and will provide updates as necessary.”

Athens Regional Library branches and Advantage Behavioral Health Care Systems offices are closed as well.

Enjoy your milk-and-egg sandwiches, everybody!