CLAYTON, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - With winter weather ahead, the Georgia Department of Transportation says now it's a matter of watching and waiting.
For the North Georgia DOT office, it was an evening of lining up the gear and getting ready to go at a moment's notice.
"In our district we have over 180 pieces of snow removal equipment, snow plows, something in the back of a truck called a hopper, it can even go in the back of a pickup truck," GDOT spokeswoman Katie Strickland said.
With brine trucks and salt barns loaded, it is a matter of getting the green light at this point.
If you see the big rigs out on the road, transportation officials ask that you give them some room.
"We will have trucks with these hoppers in the back on interstates and state routes, spreading material, either rock or salt, or brine," Strickland said. "We have these big brine tankers, so if you see those and it says 'Please do not follow too closely,' please do that. Please just be safe ... Know that we are working to keep those routes clear."
For some drivers, the impending weather means a change in vacation plans.
"We had to cut our vacation short and head back to Tampa, but that's OK. We enjoyed the scenery," one visitor told FOX 5's Will Nunley.
For businesses like the hometown Ace Hardware in Clayton, Friday night saw a last minute rush on supplies.
"We have ice melts, snow shovels, kerosene heaters if we have any left, we sold a lot of those today," the store's owner said.
Rabun and Habersham counties are under a Winter Storm Warning from noon Saturday until noon Monday. FOX 5 Storm Team Chief Meteorologist David Chandley said there will be snow and it will be sticking, but how much is the question right now.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect late Saturday through early Monday morning for Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Forsyth, Jackson, Madison, Gwinnett, Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties.