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Icy roads raise questions about GA preparedness

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ATLANTA (AP) - Freezing highways contributed to more than a dozen accidents this week, raising questions about whether state leaders are prepared for winter weather.

Georgia's leaders promised they would be better prepared for winter weather after 2 inches of snow brought interstates to a halt last year, stranding motorists and school children in cars and buses.

However, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/1ueQ6rj ) reports it took the Georgia Department of Transportation more than two hours Friday after getting the first reports of black ice to start treating Interstate 20.

A DOT spokeswoman said crews weren't prepared because the National Weather Service did not predict icy conditions.

The weather service's science and operations officer, Steve Nelson, said warnings about hazardous conditions went out at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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