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    SCHOOLS: Schools closed again | Full list ROADS: One more icy commute for metro Atlanta MARTA: MARTA to operate on modified schedule Friday YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Atlanta | Cobb | DeKalb | North Fulton | Gwinnett  TRASH PICKUP: DeKalb | North Fulton | Gwinnett  TIPS: Winter weather in Atlanta: How to prepare your family, home and car for hazardous weather ADVISORIES, WATCHES AND WARNINGS: What do the designations mean? ATLANTA FORECAST Today: Sunny. High: 51 Tonight: Frost possible. Low: 24 Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High: 54 » For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page. Temperatures warmed up Friday and they’re expected to reach the 60s by Sunday.  Atlanta reached a high of 55 degrees, following days with below-freezing temperatures, according to Channel 2 Action News. More than 3 inches of snow was dumped on parts of metro Atlanta, closing schools and government offices.  Currently, it’s 42 in Atlanta, but 6 mph winds are making it feel like 38. The latest forecast calls for highs of 56 Saturday and 62 Sunday. The average high for this time of year is 52. “Above-average temperatures are expected through Jan. 28,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said. Despite the warmup, some roads are still iced over and too hazardous for travel. Officials are urging people to drive with caution. More than 1,100 traffic accidents were reported in Gwinnett County during the storm, police said. Cobb County police investigated 308 vehicle accident calls between midnight Tuesday and noon Thursday.  Black ice is also to blame for a crash early Friday that sent a Fulton County police officer to the hospital with a broken arm and left another driver with a possible head injury, Cpl. Partrena Smith told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The crashed happened about 1 a.m. on Old National Highway and Pleasant Hill Road in south Fulton County after temperatures dropped below freezing and roads throughout metro Atlanta refroze, Smith said. MORE: Black ice to blame for crash that injured Fulton County police officer Many schools were closed, including districts in Atlanta, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton. Gwinnett County Schools were on a two-hour delay, and Marietta City Schools were on a three-hour delay. Georgia Piedmont Technical College was closed Friday but plans to reopen Saturday, spokeswoman Zaundra Brown said. MARTA is operating on a modified schedule, the agency said. The next chance of precipitation isn’t until Monday, when there is a 60 percent chance of rain. Don’t worry, Nitz said. “This time it’s going to be all rain,” he said. “No snow.”
  • For those sick of winter, we are now PAST the half-way point of winter based on climatology: No major cold snaps are expected the rest of this month, although there are signs we could well get more the mid to end of February with more big swings in March.
  • 3:47 p.m. update: Georgia interstates are clear and other highways are at least passable. But the Georgia Department of Transportation expects more problems tonight and tomorrow and roads refreeze. “Our biggest concerns are still going to be the potential for patchy black ice,” GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said Thursday afternoon. Crews made good headway Thursday clearing highways, even in places like Coweta County that were hard-hit by snow, Dale said. But with temperatures expected to dip below freezing again tonight, motorists can expect to encounter slick roads again overnight and Friday morning. Local roads could be especially troublesome. Dale said it’s easier to clear high-traffic highways than neighborhood roads that may be shaded and where less traffic means less friction to melt icy spots. Still, road conditions should continue to improve. GDOT crews will work through the night to address icy patches on state highways. “Roads today are better than they were yesterday,” Dale said. “They’ll be better tomorrow than they are today.” 11:24 a.m. update: The sun is out, but temperatures are still well below freezing. So the Georgia Department of Transportation is still warning motorists to use “extreme caution” if they must travel. GDOT cited “hazardous conditions” in a warning issued on its Twitter account. “Interstates/state routes in good shape, but there are still icy patches being reported. Side streets still an issue in some places for local travel.” “Please use extreme caution if out and about at this time,” the agency said. Most people are heeding the advice. Traffic remains light on metro Atlanta highways. 6:52  a.m. update: Metro Atlanta interstate highways are in good shape, but secondary routes and neighborhood roads may still be icy and dangerous, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.  Spokeswoman Natalie Dale said GDOT crews spent the night dropping a mixture of salt and gravel on the region’s highways to break up ice and applying brine and calcium chloride to prevent refreezing.  Dale said interstates are mostly clear, but icy patches may persist in the shade or under bridges. Today GDOT will focus on clearing secondary highways.  “We still want to caution people to watch out for icy patches,” Dale said.  Traffic remained light on the region’s highways. Original post: Metro Atlanta commuters woke up to a second day of slick roads and light traffic. With schools and government offices closed, traffic was light before dawn on the region’s highways. Icy patches made commuting hazardous in some areas, and police and transportation officials urged residents to stay off the roads, at least until daylight, when they can see the roads. MARTA is operating on a modified schedule. The state’s Xpress bus service has suspended operations again today. Cobblink and Gwinnett County Transit also have canceled express bus service, and have delayed local service until 10 a.m. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing this morning, but will warm up to the 40s this afternoon.
  • ROADS: Atlanta wakes up Thursday to icy roads, light traffic SCHOOLS: Schools closed again | Full list TRASH PICKUP: DeKalb | North Fulton | Gwinnett   YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Atlanta | Cobb | DeKalb | North Fulton | Gwinnett  AIRPORT: More than 200 Atlanta flights canceled Thursday TIPS: Winter weather in Atlanta: How to prepare your family, home and car for hazardous weather ADVISORIES, WATCHES AND WARNINGS: What do the designations mean? Though the temperature finally made it above the freezing mark in Atlanta on Thursday, anything that melted will refreeze and make for icy conditions Friday morning, according to Channel 2 Action News. While conditions improved on interstates due to the 40-degree weather, some surface streets were still iced over and too hazardous for travel Thursday, the Georgia Department of Transportation said.  More than 1,100 traffic accidents have been reported in Gwinnett County alone since Wednesday morning. Many schools and government offices were closed Thursday, and several school systems have already announced they will be closed again Friday, including: Atlanta, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Clayton, Cherokee, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gilmer, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Spalding and Troup. Carrollton City and Gwinnett County schools will have a two-hour delayed start. All are in the 83 counties under Gov. Nathan Deal’s state of emergency order, which is still active. This is how the day is unfolding: 7:15 p.m.: Fulton County Schools will remain closed Friday. 7 p.m.: Cherokee County Schools will remain closed Friday.  6:45 p.m.: Henry County and Spalding County schools will stay closed Friday.  6:30 p.m.: After earlier announcing a plan to open, Atlanta Public Schools plan to remain closed Friday. 6:15 p.m.: DeKalb and Fayette County schools announced they will remain closed Friday, while Gwinnett County Schools plan to open after a two-hour delay. 5:45 p.m.: Cobb County Schools will be closed Friday for a third straight day. 5:40 p.m.: Newton County Schools will remain closed Friday. 5:30 p.m.: MARTA will run on a modified schedule for bus and rail service Thursday evening into Friday.  Bus service ends at 10 p.m. Thursday and limited bus service will resume at 4:30 a.m. Friday, with buses running on major roads and to medical facilities. Rail service will continue on a modified weekend schedule until 2 a.m. Thursday and resume at 4:30 a.m. Friday, and run on a modified weekend schedule with trains arriving every 7 to 15 minutes. Red and Gold Lines will run to the airport until 2 a.m.  5 p.m.: Carroll County, Coweta County, Paulding County, Douglas County and Pickens County schools will remain closed Friday. 4:30 p.m.: Carrollton City Schools will have a two-hour delayed start Friday. Staff and faculty are expected to arrive at the normal time. 4:15 p.m.: Bartow County Schools will remain closed Friday. 3:40 p.m.: Haralson County Schools will be closed again Friday. 3:30 p.m.: Clayton County Schools will remain closed Friday due to icy roads and hazardous conditions, the district said in a news release. 3:05 p.m.: Troup County Schools will be closed again Friday. “There are still many areas that are covered in large patches of ice and the areas that have thawed are expected to refreeze with the drop in temperatures tonight,” the system said in a statement. 3 p.m.: Atlanta hits 40 degrees and it finally starts to feel a bit better — at least in the sunshine. 2:53 p.m.: After two straight snow days, Atlanta Public Schools plan to reopen Friday. Students should expect to return to APS classrooms, the district announced in a Facebook post. 2:45 p.m.: “Many of the main roads in Douglas County are now passable, but access to many of our schools remains limited,” district officials wrote in a letter to parents. “... We will continue assessing the road conditions throughout the county to ensure that conditions are optimal for travel to school. We expect to provide you with an update on (Friday's) school schedule as quickly as possible.” 2:34 p.m.: An SUV with a New York license plate lost control on an icy hill and crashed into a home with an entire family inside, according to Channel 2 Action News. Before the SUV crashed into the home, the vehicle hit a Georgia Power transformer, a water main and a light pole, the news station reported. The family told Channel 2 they were spared because of the cars parked in their garage. 2 p.m.: Icy conditions have cleared after shutting down both directions of an I-75 Express Lanes ramp to Jonesboro Road, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. 1:31 p.m.: “We'll be above freezing until about 8 p.m.,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said. 1:03 p.m.: It’s now above freezing at 34 degrees in Atlanta, Channel 2 Action News reported. But the wind chill is still making it feel like 26. 12:32 p.m.: Noah's Ark, Jodeco and Mundy's Mill roads are still complete sheets of ice, according to Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services.  “Please find an alternate route,” a fire official said. 12:18 p.m.: Another hard freeze is expected overnight and early Friday as temperatures dip below freezing again about 8 p.m., Channel 2 reported. Temps, however, are expected to rebound to a high of 50 degrees Friday. 12:14 p.m.: It is 31 degrees in Atlanta, but it feels like 22 degrees, according to Channel 2 Action News. The expected high is 41 degrees. 11:58 a.m.: “We'll make it above freezing this afternoon,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said.  Expect a warming trend ahead, he said. 11:54 a.m.: The city of Atlanta has expanded its resources to prepare for winter weather over the past few years, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said during a press conference Thursday at Atlanta City Hall. Officials will continue looking at opportunities to continue expanding resources, Bottoms said. 11:52 a.m.: A Georgia Department of Transportation worker was killed while clearing a roadway covered in snow and ice. The worker was involved in an accident with a CSX train in Coweta County. 11:26 a.m.: Even though a wind chill advisory expired at 10 a.m. for metro Atlanta, icy conditions were reported in both directions of an I-75 Express Lanes ramp to Jonesboro Road, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. The ramp is blocked. 11:24 a.m.: “Miraculously, there were no major road-related incidents in the wee hours,” the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. “One (official) commented that they were actually able to slow down enough to do some police work. Go figure. All of the major thoroughfares are presently clear and passable, and no secondaries are shut down. However, please be aware there are still some very slick spots on those secondary roads where the ice didn't get a chance to thaw out from (Wednesday).” 11:17 a.m.: There are reports of icy road conditions on West Fayetteville Road and Creel Road in Clayton County. “We are also getting reports of vehicles sliding on Tara Blvd at McDonough Road,” Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services said. “Please avoid these areas.” 11:15 a.m.: The Atlanta Department of Public Works has treated 1,444 miles using 1,280 tons of salt. 11:10 a.m.: Douglas County government offices and the courthouse will remain closed today for non-essential employees. 11:07 a.m.: Six mornings have started in the teens in January, the most since 2014, according to Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls. “And January is far from over,” she said. 11:02 a.m.: Newnan, which was under a curfew until 10 a.m. to keep people off the roads, is back to normal operations. All city offices plan to open at noon. 9:53 a.m.: Atlanta has picked up 4.7 inches of snow this winter, making this season the 11th snowiest on record, Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said.  “And we still have two months of winter left,” Walls said. Atlanta has gotten more snow than Washington, D.C., which has only mustered about 3.1 inches, according to The Washington Post. “The number of Southern cities that have more snow than D.C. is embarrassing,” The Post said. 9:36 a.m.: “We are urging folks to give more time, if you can, before getting out on the roads,” the Georgia Department of Transportation said. “The interstates/state routes are in good shape, but not 100 percent.” 9:19 a.m.: Although snow still tops an upper parking deck at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, airlines are operating normally and security wait times are less than 15 minutes. 9:15 a.m.: Multiple vehicles are getting stuck on an ice patch on Noah’s Ark Road, according to Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services. Avoid the area. 8:51 a.m.: Warming stations at fire houses on Flat Shoals Road and Crown Point Parkway have closed in DeKalb County. The warming center at Fire Station No. 3 at 100 N. Clarendon Ave., Avondale Estates, will remain open until noon. 8:30 a.m. Use “extreme caution” traveling on roads in Alpharetta because many still have ice patches, according to the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety.  8:27 a.m.: It is 16 degrees in Atlanta, but it feels like it is 3 degrees, Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. 8:11 a.m.: “Please be advised that all interstates and some ramps are not 100 percent,” the Georgia Department of Transportation said. “Icy patches are out there and we need you to slow down and drive with caution even though (the) sun is up.” Crews worked overnight to treat areas. “Now that daylight is here, those existing icy patches will now be visible,” GDOT said. “We are urging folks to give it more time for the sun to help us out, but if you must be on the roads, please use extreme caution entering and exiting ramps.” 7:50 a.m.: The Gwinnett County Police Department is down to five active weather-related calls.  “Major roads are looking pretty good, but there are still ice patches,” police said. “Drive carefully and watch for black ice if you have to drive. We recommend staying off the roads until later today.” The department reported Wednesday afternoon that it had responded to 567 traffic calls since midnight. 7:45 a.m.: The following roads are currently closed in DeKalb County due to snow and ice: Glenwood Road, from LaMesa Road to Hollyhock Road; Brownsmill Road, from Framingham Drive; Rockbridge Road, from Susan Creek and again from Rockbridge Court to San Marcos Court; 3032 North Decatur Road, from DeKalb Industrial Way to East Ponce De Leon Avenue; Waldrop Road, from Kingswood Run and again from Flat Shoals Parkway to River Road; and Covington Highway, from Miller Road to Scarborough Drive.  7:36 a.m.: There is major icing on Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Buckhead, according to Channel 2 Action News. Icy spots are blocking Rockbridge Road at South Indian Creek / Henderson Road in DeKalb County, too. 7:30 a.m.: MARTA rail services are operating on a weekend schedule, with 20 minute intervals, according to the agency. Buses are providing limited service, running on major roads and to medical facilities.  7:26 a.m.: “The roads are not ready for you,” the Georgia Department of Public Safety said in a tweet. “They need the sun and temperatures to increase. Stay home, stay warm and have another cup of coffee.” 7:05 a.m.: Cars are taking it extra slow on a hairpin turn to avoid crashing on an icy ramp from I-75 South to I-85 North in Atlanta, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. 6:49 a.m.: 'The interstates are looking really great this morning.' Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale told Channel 2. However, side streets are still in bad shape. Dale said crews adjusted the brine solution they apply to roads by adding calcium chloride to deal with the extreme low temperatures. 6:45 a.m.:  The HOV lane on I-85 South before Clairmont Road is still very icy, Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry said.  “Use extra caution,” he told Channel 2. 6:39 a.m.: Atlanta and Athens set snowfall records, Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. “Record daily maximum snowfall set in Atlanta (Wednesday) with 2.4 (inches) of snow, breaking the old record of a trace in 2016,” she said. Athens had more than an inch of snow, according to Channel 2. 6:30 a.m.: There have been nearly 200 cancellations in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to Channel 2 Action News. 6:27 a.m.: Appointments at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will resume at 1 p.m. Urgent care centers will reopen at that time, too. 6:15 a.m.: MARTA bus service, which ended at 10 p.m. Wednesday, is back in operation. However, service is limited. 6:07 a.m.: Atlanta’s temperature is 15 degrees, and it feels like zero, according to Channel 2 Action News. 5:54 a.m.: Temps are expected to still be below freezing by noon, but a warmup is on the way, Channel 2 reported. The forecast calls for temps to hit the 40s in Atlanta by 3 p.m. “This starts the trend of warmer temps for the rest of the week,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. 5:35 a.m.: Coweta County and city of Newnan officials have issued a curfew lasting until 10 a.m. to keep people off the roads, according to the county. The curfew went into effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Those driving to and from work will be granted an exception if they can provide work IDs 5:19 a.m.: “Here’s the bottom line folks,” WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reporter Mark Arum said. “The surface streets are still going to be nasty as you head out this morning.” 5:17 a.m.: “The sunshine is going to help warm us up starting this afternoon,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. 5 a.m.: Georgia Piedmont Technical College is closed today and will remain closed through Saturday, according to the school. 4:30 a.m.: A wind chill advisory that went into effect Wednesday is set to last until 10 a.m. today for metro Atlanta and other parts of North Georgia, according to the National Weather Service. “Temperatures will feel like they are between 5 above to 5 below zero,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. “Dress in layers, and please keep pets inside.” » For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.
  • The strong southern sun allowed for a lot of melting yesterday and the strong winds and dry air helped sublimation and evaporation to dry things out, while areas in the shade left untreated remain icy. So the freeze-thaw-freeze cycle is critical to safer driving. SHORT-TERM FREEZE CYCLE TEMPERATURES: MEDIUM-TERM TEMPERATURE TRENDS (above red and below blue): ENSEMBLE POINT TEMPERATURE GUIDANCE: Colder than normal spells expected to return again later in February with February and March expected to average near-normal to below-normal. Follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.
  • The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is back at it again with the jokes (and insults) as Georgia wakes up to a messy wintry mix Wednesday, prompting schools, businesses and nearly three-fourths of the state’s roadways to close. » RELATED: LIVE UPDATES: Snow, icy roads lead to crashes, cancellations, delays State government offices will remain closed for non-essential personnel Thursday across the 83 counties impacted by winter weather, Gov. Nathan Deal said. Though the weather’s no joke, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is bringing some humor to its Facebook page on what many may find to be a frustrating snow day. » RELATED: Wrecks, weather snarl metro Atlanta highways “I know you need cigarettes, beer and wine to get you through having your kids at home. Can you just do without for a day? Stay home,” one post read. In another post, the office noted the multiple morning crashes due to the inclement weather. “Body shops and wrecker companies just love y’all.” More from the Sheriff’s Office: » RELATED: Winter weather in Atlanta: How to prepare your family, home and car for hazardous weather While most readers lauded the sheriff’s office for its jokes, some found the announcements to be disrespectful. “Government entity at its finest. Oconee, be respectful! We all feel what you are saying, however, some of the things you are saying are offense considering you are a government office and serving the public (those stupid beer and cigarette runners). Thank you!” commenter Wendi Turpen Hood wrote. Another commenter, Nikki Giamarino, noted some serious implications of bad weather. “My employer called off work. But what about people who’s employer didn’t? What about single parents who cannot afford to lose their jobs due to absence? I wish the world was a kinder place,” she wrote. » RELATED: Atlanta snow 2018: Twitter erupts in memes, jokes and snowy scenes This isn’t the first time the Oconee Sheriff’s Office has garnered attention for its humor. Following Georgia’s win against Auburn last month, the office wrote, “Show proof you graduated from Auburn and we will discount your speeding tickets by 5 miles per hour,” the post said. “Ya’ll have had enough of a beating today.” In August, before the total solar eclipse, Oconee Sheriff Scott Berry warned residents to prepare for the end of the world. “It’s very likely this is the end of life on this planet as we know it,” he wrote.
  • 2:55 p.m. update: Sun and wind have helped clear ice from metro Atlanta highways. But the improved conditions won’t last. Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Higley said state highways are expected to refreeze as the sun goes down, making driving a hazardous proposition this evening and early tomorrow. “Our biggest concern for the evening hours and overnight is for the refreezing of roads and complacent motorists,” Higley said. GDOT crews will apply brine and calcium chloride to state highways this evening to try to prevent them from refreezing. It also will use salt and gravel to break up ice. But Higley said motorists should still expect slick roads. “You can’t plow ice. You can’t scrape ice off the roads,” he said. “You have to wait for the salt and gravel mixture to break up the ice and let the sun and wind do their job.” 12:20 p.m. update: One measure of how busy the Georgia Department of Transportation has been today: The agency is responsible for about 18,000 miles of roads statewide. Of those, 12,849 have been affected by the winter storm, the agency reports. That’s almost three-quarters of the state’s roads. Midday traffic is light on metro Atlanta interstates. Major accidents on those interstates have been cleared. But numerous smaller ones are still causing trouble on state highways. Local roads also are treacherous. In Gwinnett County, for example, police reported working 69 traffic accidents late Wednesday morning. There were still 17 intersections or stretches of road in Gwinnett that were closed. 10:41 a.m. update: Southbound I-85 in Jackson County has reopened, but traffic remains backed up for eight miles, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. The agency is urging motorists to take alternate routes. All southbound lanes on the highway closed earlier because of a truck accident at Ga. 53.I-20 westbound also has reopened in Newton County. Earlier, a disabled tractor trailer has closed all westbound lanes at mile marker 87. Though one or two lanes on interstate highways are passable, GDOT urges motorists to stay off the roads today, if they’re able. “There are multiple crashes that are blocking interstates and state routes across the state which are severely impeding our efforts to clear roadways,” said Georgia DOT State Operations Engineer John Hibbard. “Ice is among the most difficult winter weather condition to deal with, but our crews continue to use all resources and materials available to treat trouble spots where possible. However, motorists should not expect to return to normal driving conditions today. The safe decision is to heed warnings and stay off the roads.” 9:27 a.m. update: Snow and accidents continue to hinder traffic on metro Atlanta highways. Andy Doyle, state maintenance engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation, said one or two lanes are passable on interstate highways across the metro area. Some highway ramps are trouble spots, and GDOT is trying to address those, he said. GDOT has closed the South Metro Express Lanes until further notice. All westbound lanes of I-20 at mile marker 87 in Newton County remain closed because of a disabled. The highway should reopen around 10 a.m. And all southbound lanes on I-85 remain blocked, and probably won’t be cleared until 2 p.m., GDOT reports. GDOT urges motorists to stay off the roads if they can. Meanwhile, MARTA rail and bus lines are operating on a modified schedule because of the weather. Cobb and Gwinnett counties have canceled all transit service Wednesday. 8:05 a.m. update: The sun is up and snow is tapering off in some areas. But the Georgia Department of Transportation says you should still stay home, if you’re able.  Traffic remains light on metro Atlanta highways. Average speeds are 40 to 50 mph in many places. But icy conditions remain a problem.  A disabled truck has blocked all westbound lanes of I-20 at mile marker 87 in Newton County. The highways is expected to be cleared by 8:45 a.m. An accident involving two trucks has closed all southbound lanes of I-85 at Hamilton Mill Road in Gwinnett County. The highway is not expected to be clear until 2 p.m. Another truck accident has blocked all lanes of southbound I-85 at Ga. 53 in Jackson County. The highway will be cleared there by 11 a.m. An accident has blocked the northbound ramp onto I-85 at Camp Creek Parkway in Fulton County. It is expected to be cleared by 9:15 a.m. “We are urging folks to stay off the roads,” GDOT said on Twitter. Meanwhile, MARTA says it’s experiencing “extensive delays” on its Green Line. Its other lines also are experiencing delays because of the weather. 6:45 a.m. update: Widespread winter weather is making it hard for the Georgia Department of Transportation to keep up with snow and ice on the state’s highways.  GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said winter weather is affecting roads from Columbus to the Tennessee state line. The agency applied brine to highways north of Macon beginning Tuesday. But it has not kept some roads from icing over.  “Brine is effective. But when you’ve got this continual level of melt and snow and really low temperatures, there are going to be icy conditions on the road,” Dale said.  GDOT began applying salt and gravel to highways last night and is plowing this morning. But conditions are working against road crews.  “This is a very light snow. It’s blowing. It’s creating a lot of visual issues,” Dale said. “It’s not that wet snow that you can easily plow.”  Dale urged motorists to stay off the road, for their own safety and to allow crews to clear the roads.  “This is not the storm to roll the dice and get out on the roads,” she said. Original post: Traffic is creeping along on metro Atlanta highways as icy conditions prevail in some areas. Traffic is lighter than normal because many schools are canceled. But average speeds on local highways are 30 to 40 mph in many places and below 30 mph in others. The Georgia Department of Transportation urges motorists to avoid travel, if possible. GDOT prepared for the weather by applying brine to state highways north of Macon. MARTA is operating but experiencing delays because of the weather. The state has suspended Xpress commuter bus service because of the weather. Gwinnett County Transit has delayed transit service until 10 a.m., when local routes will operate on a Saturday schedule. CobbLinc also has delayed transit service until 10 a.m. Temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing today.
  • ROADS: Roads will refreeze tonight ATTRACTIONS: Museums, parks closed YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Atlanta | Clayton | Cobb | DeKalb | North Fulton | South Fulton | Gwinnett | Henry AIRPORT: Snow causes flight delays, cancellations at Hartsfield-Jackson TIPS: Winter weather in Atlanta: How to prepare your family, home and car for hazardous weather ADVISORIES, WATCHES AND WARNINGS: What do the designations mean? Whatever you do, metro Atlanta, stay off the roads and bundle up for another cold day. By 6 a.m. Thursday, Atlanta could be in the teens and the wind chill could be as low as -1. The wind chill advisory for metro Atlanta and other parts of North Georgia was extended until 10 a.m. Thursday. The city should reach 47 degrees during the day. Some roads are still iced over and there’s a strong chance are too hazardous for travel. That means possible “black ice” again tonight. MORE: Snow creates mess of roadways, but warmer relief on the way The widespread snow subsided early Wednesday, but the number of crashes did not. In Gwinnett County, there were 567 traffic calls since midnight. DeKalb County had nearly 260 crashes between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 5 p.m. Wednesday. And Cobb County reported about 200 crashes in the 24 hours since the snowfall began, including 10 hit-and-run incidents. Gov. Nathan Deal had declared a state of emergency for 83 counties, including the metro area. More than 12,000 miles of Georgia’s roads were affected by the winter weather.  Many schools and local governments have already announced closings for Thursday. School districts closing in the metro area include: Atlanta, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Decatur, DeKalb, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Marietta and Paulding.   Others include: Bartow, Bibb, Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Monroe, Newton, Polk, Rockdale, Thomaston-Upson, Towns, Troup and Union counties, in addition to Bremen, Calhoun, Carrollton and Rome city systems. Dalton City Schools will open two hours late. RELATED: How much snow fell in your metro Atlanta neighborhood? Here’s how the day has unfolded: 10:36 p.m.: Atlanta reached a high of 25 degrees before dropping to 20 by 10:30 p.m., according to Channel 2 Action News. The wind chill makes it feel like 6. The city could see temperautes in the teens Thursday morning.  9:46 p.m.: The University of Georgia will open at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Classes are scheduled to start at 11 a.m.  9:08 p.m.: Atlanta’s three warming centers will remain open overnight for anyone seeking shelter from below freezing temperatures. More than 360 people are being serviced at the Central Park, Grant Park and Old Adamsville warming centers. 9:06 p.m.: Atlanta Public Works had 14 salt spreaders on the roadways, treated 925 lane miles, and used 724 tons of salt by 7 p.m. Wednesday, spokeswoman Jenna Garland said. The Department of Watershed Management officials responded to three water main breaks. Garland said crews will work around the clock until roads are clear.    8:41 p.m.: More than 700 flights have been canceled Wednesday at the Atlanta airport by Delta, Southwest and other airlines, according to data on FlightAware.com. The Atlanta airport typically handles close to 2,500 flights a day. MORE: Hundreds of flights canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson 8:40 p.m.: Stonecrest City Hall will have a delayed opening of 11 a.m. Thursday, spokesman Adrion Bell said. “The mayor cited safety concerns for his staff and Stonecrest residents as the reason for the delay,” he said. 6:54 p.m.: The Atlanta Hawks game against the New Orleans Pelicans will start at 7:30 p.m. as scheduled, Channel 2 Action News reported.  6:15 p.m.: Georgia Tech will delay opening until noon.  6:12 p.m.: Any melting ice has the potential to refreeze overnight, GDOT said. 6:06 p.m.: The DeKalb County 911 center reports it took 257 calls about auto accidents, including nine hit-and-runs, between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 5 p.m. Wednesday.  There were 270 other traffic-related calls, including abandoned vehicles, hazards, stalled vehicles and so on. RELATED: Cops believe hypothermia caused 2 recent deaths in downtown Atlanta 5:45 p.m.: The University of West Georgia will remain closed through 5 p.m. Thursday “as weather conditions continue to make travel difficult,” officials said.  5:41 p.m.: Hall County Schools will close Thursday. It will be a “school from home” day. 5:39 p.m.: Georgia Power reports 31 outages affecting 218 customers due to the frigid weather. Georgia EMC has not reported any outages.  5:32 p.m.: Downed power lines left Buford Highway in Doraville shut down. Roads have since opened.  5:07 p.m.: Clayton State University, Cherokee County Schools and Rome City Schools will be closed Thursday.  4:54 p.m.: Douglas County Schools will be closed Thursday, according to the school system’s Facebook page.  4:46 p.m.: DeKalb County offices, facilities and courts will remain closed Thursday. “DeKalb officials are urging residents to exercise caution on the roads as icy conditions are expected to continue overnight and Thursday morning,” spokesman Andrew Cauthen said in a news release.  4:45 p.m.: Habersham County Schools are closed Thursday.  4:44 p.m.: Fulton County government offices will remain closed Thursday. 4:32 p.m.: Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb and will close at 6 p.m. today due to inclement weather, Simon Propery Group spokeswoman Haley Sheram said. The Mall of Georgia and Sugarloaf Mills will close at 5 p.m. today. 4:30 p.m.: MARTA will end bus service at 10 p.m. Wednesday, and will modify its Thursday service to deal with winter weather. 4:22 p.m.: Gwinnett County and Newton County schools will be closed Thursday.  4:13 p.m.: DeKalb County crews are working 16-hour shifts to treat main roads and neighborhood streets, Channel 2 Action News reported.  4:09 p.m.: At least 3 inches of snow was reported in parts of metro Atlanta. The city proper received 2.3. inches.  4:07 p.m.: The Cobb County government will resume operations at 10 a.m. Thursday, spokesman Ross Cavitt said. “The delayed opening should give Department of Transportation crews time to treat icy roads that develop overnight and avoid having any county employees drive to work before sunrise,” Cavitt said. 3:55 p.m.: Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University and Georgia Gwinnett College are closed Thursday due to inclement weather.  ALSO: Some campuses canceling classes Thursday 3:34 p.m.: Security lines at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are more than an hour long in wake of the winter weather. Travelers flying Wednesday should allow extra time to get through security, arriving at the airport three hours before their departure time. MORE: Travelers face security lines more than an hour long at Hartsfield-Jackson 3:12 p.m.: DeKalb County, Fulton County, Paulding County and Polk County schools are closed Thursday.  3:04 p.m.: Cobb County and Fayette County schools will be closed Thursday. Both districts announced the closures on their Twitter accounts. Marietta schools is also closed.  2:51 p.m.: Troup County Schools and Monroe County Schools will be closed Thursday. 2:48 p.m.: Woodward Academy will be closed Thursday.  2:32 p.m.: Coweta County and Newnan have instituted a curfew from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday. Public safety, media and industries personnel are exempt. Newnan’s City Hall offices will reopen at noon Thursday. 2:11 p.m.: The Georgia Senate will convene at 1:30 p.m. Thursday instead of the previously scheduled 10 a.m. 2:04 p.m.: City of Lilburn offices will reopen at noon Thursday, city spokeswoman Nikki Perry said. 2 p.m.: Atlanta government offices and the Municipal Court of Atlanta will remain closed Thursday. All essential and emergency personnel should report at their regularly scheduled time. All non-essential employees should remain at home. 1:58 p.m.: Zoo Atlanta will be closed Thursday. 1:57 p.m.: Due to icy conditions on the runways and taxiway, DeKalb-Peachtree Airport is closed until 4 p.m. 1:51 p.m.: The Gwinnett County Police Department is working 54 traffic calls right now. Fourteen intersections throughout the county are closed. “Conditions have not improved much,” the department said in a tweet. 1:50 p.m.: Henry County Schools will be closed Thursday, the district announced. 1:39 p.m.: Emory University and Oxford College will be closed Thursday, Emory spokeswoman Elaine Justice said. 1:18 p.m.: Carrollton City Schools and Carroll County Schools will be closed Thursday. 1:15 p.m.: A wind chill advisory for metro Atlanta and other parts of North Georgia has been extended until 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory, which was originally set to expire at 1 p.m., means single-digit wind chills are expected to continue. Frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes.  1:14 p.m.: Snowfall totals reached 2.3 inches in Atlanta, 3.3 inches in Newnan and 1.6 inches in Kirkwood, Channel 2 reported. 1:05 p.m.: Tonight’s production of “The Lion King” is canceled, according to a tweet from The Fox Theatre. 12:58 p.m.: Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services personnel have responded to more than 100 emergency incidents since midnight, Capt. Tommy Rutledge said in a statement. The call volume has been steady, but mostly routine.  12:42 p.m.: Currently, the temperature is 12 degrees lower in Atlanta than it is in Anchorage — as in Alaska. The temp is 18 degrees in Atlanta and 30 in Anchorage, Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said.  The forecast high is 25 degrees in Atlanta and 40 in Anchorage. 12:31 p.m.: Atlanta Public Schools will be closed Thursday, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said in a tweet.  12:20 p.m.: Road temperatures are at or below freezing throughout metro Atlanta, but conditions are improving in the sun pretty quickly, Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said. Improvements will continue in the hours ahead, he said. 12:15 p.m.: There have been 684 delays and 276 cancellations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to Channel 2 Action News. 12:10 p.m.: Coweta County schools will be closed Thursday due to the winter weather and hazardous road conditions. 12:05 p.m.: Two people have died in a crash on icy I-75 North just past Hartley Bridge Road in south Macon, according to the Macon Telegraph. The accident happened about 9:15 a.m.  11:54 a.m.: Factoring in the 2.3 inches of snow recorded at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport today, Atlanta has gotten 4.7 inches of snow so far this season, according to Channel 2 Action News. “That's now ahead of the amount of snow we saw in the winter of 2013-2014,” when Atlanta received 4.6 inches of snow, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. 11:47 a.m.: The Georgia Department of Transportation is responsible for 18,000 miles of roadways statewide. Of that number, 12,849 miles have been affected by the winter weather. That amounts to nearly 75 percent of state-maintained roadways. 11:45 a.m.: Gwinnett police is working 69 accidents, officials said. There are still 17 road closures throughout the county. “Stay off the roads,” police said. 11:22 a.m.: Additional MARTA routes have suspended service in the last 15 minutes “due to unsafe road conditions.” Routes 19, 32, 55, 74, 86, 111, 115, 116 and 186 have been impacted.    11:16 a.m.: An Atlanta police officer was taken to the hospital for evaluation after being struck by a car that slid on icy roads near Lenox Square, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. 11:09 a.m.: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport picked up 2.3 inches of snow, Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said. 11:03 a.m.: An Atlanta police officer slid on ice and ran into a Georgia State Patrol trooper’s vehicle, police told Channel 2 Action News. At the time of the crash, the officer was driving to help the GSP trooper work a crash about 9:30 a.m. on Washington Street. No injuries were reported. 11 a.m.: Due to icy conditions, Clifton Road is blocked in both directions between CDC Parkway and Briarcliff Road, according to Emory police. “Please use an alternate route,” police said.10:55 a.m.: A layer of ice is under the snow in many areas, causing extremely hazardous driving conditions and crashes throughout North Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.10:47 a.m.: Three warming centers are open at the Central Park, Grant Park and Old Adamsville recreation centers in Atlanta, according to the city.  Gwinnett County also has a warming center open at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. It will stay open through Thursday morning, according to the county. 10:27 a.m.: I-20 has reopened after a disabled tractor-trailer closed all westbound lanes at mile marker 87 in Newton County. All westbound lanes of the interstate also reopened at Almon Road after severe icing forced officials to close it for hours, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported. 9:59 a.m.: State government is closed today for non-essential personnel in the 83 counties included in Gov. Nathan Deal’s state of emergency. 9:53 a.m.: MARTA buses are still serving hospital and other emergency areas. There are now 20 routes planned to operate based on weather conditions. MARTA’s public hearing on proposed bus routes is canceled and will be rescheduled. 9:43 a.m.: Gwinnett County police officers have worked 174 accidents since midnight, officials said. That includes crashes involving salt trucks, patrol cars and tow trucks. “Stay home at all costs,” the police department said in a tweet. 9:34 a.m.: One lane is open on I-85 South after being shut down more than four hours at exit No. 129 in Jackson County. 9:32 a.m.: There has been a 9-car car crash on Lenox Road at Ga. 400 in Buckhead, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. 9:30 a.m.: I-75 South Metro Express Lanes are closed until further notice, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. 9:14 a.m.:  More than a dozen accidents were reported on the drive from north Atlanta to Dublin, deputy state insurance commissioner Jay Florence said. One accident on I-16 involved six cars in Macon. 9:08 a.m.: With freezing temperatures and wind chills in the single digits in metro Atlanta, frostbite can happen within 30 minutes to exposed skin, according to Channel 2 Action News. 9:03 a.m.: All city of Conyers offices are closed for the day, police Sgt. Kim Lucas said. 8:51 a.m. The University of Georgia will be closed today, according to the school. 8:43 a.m.: There have been 15 accidents in Marietta since 6 a.m., the police department said. 8:42 a.m.: There are about 50 accidents and 23 road closures mostly due to icy conditions in Gwinnett County, police Sgt. Jake Smith said. “It’s really not safe for anyone to be on the road,” he said. 8:35 a.m.: MARTA removed routes 865, 165 and 81 from service due to unsafe streets along the routes, according to the agency. 8:21 a.m.: CobbLinc will not resume normal operations at 10 a.m. as originally planned.  Officials will monitor weather conditions to determine when they can safely resume operations, transit manager Andrea Foard said. 8:20 a.m.: All Mercer campuses and centers, excluding Savannah, will be closed today and classes are canceled, according to the school system. The Fresh Food Company in the Connell Student Center on the Macon campus will be operating normal hours.  8:18 a.m.: MARTA is now running on a modified weekend schedule, according to the agency. 8:16 a.m.: Zoo Atlanta will be closed today, according to the business. 8:06 a.m.: There are now more than 250 flight delays and more than 190 cancellations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to the airport. 8 a.m.: “There isn’t anywhere that is safe to drive at the moment,” Gwinnett police Sgt. Jake Smith said. 8 a.m.: DeKalb County government offices, libraries, facilities and courts will be closed today.  The DeKalb County Sanitation Division has also suspended all administrative and field operations today.  The Henry County Courthouse will be closed today, too. 7:52 a.m.: Stonecrest City Hall will be closed today, according to the city spokesman. 7:41 a.m.: Georgia Piedmont Technical College will be closed today due to weather conditions, according to the college. 7:36 a.m.: Treating side roads may take city and county agencies more time as they focus resources on larger roads, Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale told Channel 2 Action News.  “So if you can’t safely get out of your neighborhood, it’s best just to stay put,” she said. 7:33 a.m.: I-85 in Braselton continues to be one of the Georgia Department of Transportation’s trouble spots due to multiple accidents. 'The roads are not good,' agency spokeswoman Natalie Dale told Channel 2 Action News. 'They are not good to travel on. Not only are we dealing with ice issues, we are dealing with some very dry, powdery snow. Think of the difference between trying to plow dry dust, which is what we're kind of doing, or trying to plow some wet, heavy sand, which is like the last winter storm we had in December. Much easier to plow that. This snow kicks up in the air, causing visibility problems in addition to icy patches under that snow. If you do not have to be on the road, this is not the time to gamble and get out on them.' 7:27 a.m.: All Atlanta University Center institutions, including Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College, are closed, according to the schools. 7:13 a.m.: I-20 West is shut down due to severe icing at Almon Road (exit No. 88). 6:53 a.m.: Weather conditions have led to ongoing MARTA delays to bus and rail services, according to the agency. 6:52 a.m.: “Stay off the roads,” Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale told News 95.5 & AM 750 WSB. “We have our crews out, but there are some complexities to what we are dealing with.' Asked when to expect an all-clear today, she said, “I don’t expect to get an all-clear today.” 6:45 a.m.: Cities of Conyers and Lilburn announced delayed openings set at noon today. Municipal Court has been canceled in Conyers.  6:34 a.m.: Icy conditions have about a dozen vehicles stuck on I-20 near Panola Road, Channel 2 reported. 6:31 a.m.: Cobb County closed government operations Wednesday because of the hazardous travel conditions on county roads, county spokesman Ross Cavitt said. The CobbLinc bus service will delay its start today until 10 a.m. 6:29 a.m.: Officials announced closings at Emory University, Oxford College and Georgia State University today.  6:25 a.m.: There is a ground delay at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. There have also been nearly 100 cancellations and 115 delays at Hartsfield-Jackson. 6:23 a.m.: A crash has occurred involving a MARTA bus on I-285 South at Glenwood Road in DeKalb County. No other details have been released. 6:03 a.m.: There have been more than 30 crashes with ice reported throughout metro Atlanta, WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reporter Mark Arum said Wednesday. 5:53 a.m.: I-85 South is shutdown at Winder Highway in Jackson County.  5:52. a.m: There have been six crashes on I-85 between Gwinnett and Jackson counties this morning, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. 5:47 a.m.: Ice has westbound lanes of U.S. 78 shut down at Lake Lucerne. “Please stay off the roads,” the Traffic Center said.  5:25 a.m.: Several spots in Midtown picked up 1 inch of snow, Channel 2 reported. Snowfall amounts of 1.5 inches were reported in Marietta, Smyrna and Austell, and Douglasville picked up 1.75 inches in some areas. 5:15 a.m.: By noon Wednesday, the wind chill could make it feel like -5 degrees in Atlanta, Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton reported.  “Please bundle up and limit your time outdoors,” she said. “Keep pets inside today.” 5:13 a.m.: A wind chill advisory issued just after 3 a.m. is set to last through 1 p.m. for metro Atlanta and other parts of North Georgia, Channel 2 reported. The wind is forecast to move at between 20 and 30 mph.  “It will make the temps feel like 10 above to 5 below zero,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.  5:02 a.m.: Snowfall is ending in the northwest Georgia mountains, but it will continue for the next four to five hours in other parts of the state, Channel 2 reported. An additional inch of snow is possible in many areas of Atlanta and southward with a few higher pockets. 5 a.m.: Pavement temperatures are in the mid- to low 20s, so “there will be a layer of ice under the snow on untreated roads,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. 4:40 a.m.: “Snow will taper off later this morning, but temps stay cold which will cause icy road conditions,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. “Stay off the roads this morning.”
  • The snow was caused by an arctic front and the full force of the polar air mass can be felt today with strong gusty winds making the wind chill factor brutal and unhealthy. The Wind Chill Factor will be in the single digits and teens all day long, and the temperature will not go above freezing until around Noon tomorrow. Most areas have received a coating to one inch of snow. Roads will remain icy and treacherous as temperatures remain below freezing all day. If you must drive, use extreme caution. The cold wind chills may cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Most roadways north of a LaGrange to McDonough to Commerce line are dangerous. Roads may become slick and hazardous down to central Georgia and even parts of Southwest Georgia. Travel today and tonight is not advised. If you must travel, please exercise extreme caution. Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination. FORECAST WIND CHILL THIS MORNING: FORECAST WIND CHILL LATE AFTERNOON: PROJECTED HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY: PROJECTED LOWS TONIGHT: PROJECTED HIGHS TOMORROW: WEDNESDAY AM SURFACE WEATHER CHART: MID-DAY WEATHER CHART: EARLY EVENING SURFACE WEATHER CHART WEDNESDAY:
  • The arctic front will slam through here with any rain quickly changing over to snow showers this evening and overnight from NW to SE. It may linger into early tomorrow morning, especially South and East suburbs. Some models have increased the projected available moisture a tad, others have held steady or reduced ever so slightly so its about a draw. However, some models are showing the upper-level trough and the attendant vorticity being stronger with an intensifying jet stream. If so, there will be some surprises both on the high side of accumulation and low side as the conflicting dynamics of the system and the mountains struggle for control. The bottom line is that I still can’t delineate a DEFINITIVE zone of where it will be heaviest or most likely. (except in adjoining states where we don’t live). That will come down to random chance affects of meso-scale forcing like frontogenetic lift that can’t be resolved until we see it on radar and satellite. I won’t show you a dozen models each showing different things, but suffice to say it’s still a range of no accumulation to 2.5 inches but without any consensus as to where for each. I’d say SOME tendency for heaviest NW Georgia and middle Georgia, least NE Atlanta suburbs. Again, that is THE MODELS not me. #I hold to what I’ve said earlier about being absolute in amounts or locations so my hand is forced to broad-brush more than I like to or want to, but sometimes its the nature of the beast. ***So, I still think the best range to give for the majority of the Atlanta Metro area is a coating to half an inch, but if some spot got 1-2 inches I would not faint. ***Thanks to the temperature plunge into the teens by morning travel concerns for roads are legit as patchy black ice is possible. Fortunately, we should know about that later tonight before decisions need to be made for tomorrow. ***Temps don’t go above freezing in the area tomorrow so whatever is on the ground stays into at least Thursday. ***PLAY IT SAFE, be where you need to be (and can stay for 24H or more) if needed by 6pm far NW suburbs, by 8pm downtown, by 11pm far SE suburbs. ***Wind Chill Factor in the single digits tomorrow morning with NW winds gusting to around 30 mph at times Wednesday. ***Take cold weather precautions for people, pets, pipes, and property including autos. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MOST OF THE STATE IN PURPLE: As always things can and do change, expect updates as needed. Follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.