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Turn off sprinklers to avoid ice

LAWRENCEVILLE -- While there is a slight chance of snow in the forecast, dipping temperatures this December mean there is a tremendous likelihood of ice on the roads.

Officials are reminding people not to create an even greater risk by running sprinkler systems.

The Georgia Department of Transportation sent out a reminder to turn off the systems with automatic timers set to run overnight.

"Sprinkler systems that are left on overnight can create a hazardous condition for motorists the next morning," said DOT District Maintenance Engineer Todd McDuffie.

"Every year we see accidents caused by icy spots formed when water from sprinkler systems gets onto the roadway. Spray from the sprinkler is blown onto the road or water drains onto the road; black ice is formed and ice develops creating a hazard for motorists."

With the winter weather fast approaching, the best way to avoid the hazard is just turning the automatic sprinkler system off, he said. There will be enough patches of black ice due to the weather.

"Anytime we have sub-freezing temperatures, please be on the lookout for icy patches or black ice, especially early in the morning," he said.