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Deal declares state of emergency
Many state offices will be closed Wednesday
Deal's 2018 State of the State
Gov. Nathan Deal delivers his final State of the State address Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at the State Capitol in Atlanta, flanked by House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, left, and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, right.

Gov. Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency for much of Georgia as winter weather is expected to have an impact on the area overnight and into Wednesday.

Eighty-three counties are affected included Newton. State government will be closed Wednesday for nonessential personnel.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Deal said he took action after an update from the National Weather Service late Tuesday.

“The Georgia Department of Transportation will continue treating our roads and interstates,” Deal said. “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.”

Newton County and Social Circle schools will be closed Wednesday, as will the county Judicial Center in downtown Covington. Preliminary hearings before Probate Judge Melanie Bell will be rescheduled.

The Covington News has delayed opening until 10 a.m.