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Friday October 19th, 2018 9:23AM

Deal: Some state offices to be closed Monday

By Ken Stanford Reporter

Non-essential state agencies from Columbus to Augusta and northward will be closed Monday due to the winter weather advisory.

Gov. Nathan Deal made the announcement Sunday evening.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are closing non-essential agencies to ensure our employees’ safety as well as ensure the Georgia Department of Transportation’s ability to maintain and treat our roads,” said Deal. “This closure will run from Columbus across to Augusta and northward. The Capitol will remain open, however, so that the Legislature may gavel in to the 2018 session as constitutionally required.”

Deal had announced on Friday that state offices and some local government offices in metro Atlanta would close early Monday.  That was not long after the National Weather Service said rain and freezing rain were a possibility in metro Atlanta on Monday and just hours after the Associated Press reported that President Trump would attend the College Football Championship in Atlanta Monday night.

The National Weather Service has been updating its forecast for Monday all weekend and issued the winter weather advisory Sunday afternoon, a few hours before Deal's latest announcement.  It calls for as much as a tenth-of-an-inch of freezing rain in some places in the affected areas.  (See accompanying map.)

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