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Storms, possible tornado ravage parts of metro Atlanta

A powerful storm system swept through north Georgia overnight, sending trees into roads, damaging homes and businesses, knocking out power to thousands and leaving south Fulton County a disaster zone.

>> Watch the news report here

>> PHOTOS: Storms blow through the South, leave damage in wake

More than 130 severe weather reports of large hail, damaging wind and possible tornadoes came in Monday, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta.

>> Tornado facts and safety: Everything you need to know

“The severe thunderstorm and tornado threat is over in north Georgia,” WSB-TV meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “But the cleanup is about to get underway.”

In Cobb County, a tree crashed into a home on Glenroy Place. Lightning hit a home in Gwinnett County. And in Clayton County, a fire damaged an eight-unit apartment in the 7200 block of Tara Boulevard.

>> These are the safest places in your home during a tornado

Food, shelter and other essentials were provided for 17 people affected by the fire, American Red Cross of Georgia spokeswoman Sherry Nicholson said.

But the most severe damage was reported in south Fulton and Haralson counties.

>> What's the difference between tornado watch and warning?

Storms ravaged homes and cars in a subdivision off Campbellton Fairburn Road.

“We expect a busy day ahead as daylight approaches, increasing visibility in hard-hit areas,” Nicholson said. “Currently, a team is on the ground in Fairburn, where homes in the Jumpers Trail neighborhood suffered significant damage.”

>> For complete coverage of the storms’ aftermath, head to and

The Haralson County School District canceled school and activities Tuesday “due to storm damage throughout our community that may make bus service impossible,” the district said on Facebook.

Georgia Power reported 273 outages affecting 10,025 customers.

“The electric membership cooperatives were hit hard as severe weather, and possible tornadoes, pounded many parts of Georgia last night, interrupting power to 13,000 customers, primarily in the west part of the state,” Georgia EMC spokeswoman Terri Statham said.

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Ontario Alvarez was at his mother’s home in the 7100 block of Jumpers Trail with his 13-year-old brother when the storm moved in late Monday.

To protect the family, he dragged a mattress in a bathroom, where everyone hid to avoid the storm’s path.

“We’re from Florida, so we’re used to hurricanes,” Alvarez said. “But this was different. We didn’t see it coming. We didn’t know what to do.”

Spring 2018: 5 things to know about the vernal equinox

Spring is finally here with the arrival of the vernal equinox, as determined by people who base their seasons on the Earth’s position relative to the sun and stars. Here are five things to know:

1. What is it? During the vernal equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator, and the northern and southern hemispheres get exactly the same amount of rays. Night and day are almost equal length.

>> Spring 2018: What’s the difference between meteorological spring and astronomical spring?

2. What does equinox mean? The Earth spins on a tilted axis, which means its northern and southern hemispheres trade places in receiving more light as it orbits the sun. The axis is not inclined toward or away from the sun at the equinox, which is derived from the Latin words for equal (aequus) and night (nox).

3. Why is it important? For ancient societies, the vernal and autumnal equinoxes marked when winter turned to spring and when summer turned to fall, respectively, and helped people track time-sensitive things, such as when to plant crops.

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4. Didn’t spring start already? Meteorological spring started March 1. Forecasters like to start the season on the first day of March because they prefer a calendar in which each season starts on the same day every year. It helps with record keeping, among other reasons. But the Earth, sun and stars don’t quite conform to the Gregorian calendar – thus the vernal equinox doesn’t fall on the same day every year.

5. What's next? The summer solstice is June 21, but meteorological summer begins a few weeks earlier on June 1.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Cleanup next after severe storms plow through metro Atlanta


Tuesday: Severe storms possible in the morning. High: 67

Wednesday: Windy and cool. High: 58

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

It will be daylight Tuesday before metro Atlanta gets a real look at the damage from severe storms. Late Monday, the storms were being blamed on downed trees and power lines, damaged homes, power outages and fires in metro Atlanta. 

The timing of the storms made for a late night for many in north Georgia. Shortly after midnight, the threat of damaging storms was gone for metro Atlanta. Parts of south Fulton County and Haralson County, west of the metro area, seemed to be the hardest hit. 

Late Monday evening, storms rolled into Georgia, bringing the threat of tornadoes and prompting The National Weather Service to issue a tornado watch for the metro area until 4 a.m. Tuesday. 

Northwest Georgia was the first area to deal with the storms, which brought intense rain, lightning and hail. The storms continued into metro Atlanta late Monday, bringing tornado warnings. Early Tuesday, the storms continued into east counties. 

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Monday night, Haralson County was believed to be among the hardest hit areas. Strong winds toppled a gas station awning, crumpled street signs and trapped people inside houses when trees feel, Channel 2 Action News reported. Haralson schools will be closed Tuesday as cleanup continues. 

Early Tuesday, Georgia Power reported more than 29,000 customers without electricity, with the majority of those in the metro Atlanta area. 

WATCH: Channel 2 Action News for the updated forecast and latest weather developments 

See how the day unfolded in North Georgia from late Monday to Tuesday:

12:30 a.m.: Lightning is believed responsible for two house fires in Gwinnett County. No injuries were reported. 

12:13 a.m.: Most of the severe-weather threat has moved out of the metro Atlanta area, according to Channel 2 meteorologists. 

12:08 a.m.: Several trees are reportedly down on I-20 and several other roads in Douglas County. 

12:00 a.m: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Fayette, Henry, Newton, Rockdale and Spalding counties.

11:57 p.m.: Georgia Power is reporting more than 26,000 customers without electricity. 

11:53 p.m.: A tree was reported down on I-285 in south Cobb County. 

11:51 p.m.: Storms are currently in the Henry County area.

11:46 p.m.: Numerous trees and power lines are reportedly down in Haralson County. Street signs were bent over and a gas station awning toppled. 

11:40 p.m.: Georgia Power is reporting more than 23,000 customers without electricity. 

11:32 p.m.: Large new severe thunderstorm warning includes most of the south side of Atlanta. Threat of strong wind and large hail, along with a continuing tornado risk.

11:28 p.m.: Haralson County schools will be closed Tuesday. 

11:20 p.m.: Storms were moving into Clayton and Fayette counties. Georgia Power reported that 8,500 customers were without power. 

11:15 p.m.: Suspected tornado on the ground in south Fulton, according to Channel 2 Action News. 

11:10 p.m.: Golf-ball size hail reported in southwest Fulton County. 

11:01 p.m.: Tornado warning has been issued for Douglas and Fulton counties. 

10:55 p.m. Quarter-size hail reported near New Georgia in Paulding County.

10:46 p.m. Tornado warnings issued for parts of west Georgia had expired, but the threat or thunderstorms and a tornado watch remain. 

10:18 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Cobb, Paulding and Polk counties, according to the National Weather Service. Polk County is still under a tornado warning. Potentially strong tornadoes are reported in Haralson County, Channel 2 reported. 

10:00 p.m: A tornado warning has been issued for Haralson County, bringing the number of counties under the warning to three. The warning for Haralson County is expected to expire 10:45 a.m. Floyd and Polk counties are under the warning until 10:15 p.m.

9:44 p.m.: A tornado warning was issued for Floyd and Polk counties.

9:40 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Floyd, Haralson and Polk counties. 

9:27 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Dade and Walker Counties, according to the National Weather Service. 

9:10 p.m.: A tornado watch has been issued for metro Atlanta and North Georgia, according to the National Weather Service. It is set to expire 4 a.m. Tuesday. The following counties are affected: Baldwin; Barrow; Bartow; Butts; Carroll; Chattooga; Cherokee; Clarke; Clayton; Cobb; Coweta; Dade; DeKalb; Douglas; Fayette; Floyd; Forsyth; Fulton; Glascock; Gordon; Greene; Gwinnett; Hancock; Haralson; Heard; Henry; Jasper; Jefferson; Johnson; Jones; Lamar; Monroe; Morgan; Newton; Oconee; Paulding; Pickens; Pike; Polk; Putnam; Rockdale; Spalding; Taliaferro; Walker; Walton; Warren; Washington; and Wilkinson. 

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8:40 p.m.: The “tornadic thunderstorm” is now 50 miles from Georgia, Channel 2 reported. Chattooga and Polk counties are urged to take cover. Storms are still projected to hit the metro Atlanta area by midnight Tuesday. 

8:20 p.m.: A super cell storm is expected to hit northwest Georgia by 9 p.m., Channel 2 reported. 

7:28 p.m.: A “tornadic thunderstorm” is 90 miles from Georgia and approaching” Channel 2 reported. 

5:42 p.m.: Heavy rain is entering southwest Fulton County, according to Channel 2.

5:22 p.m.: Storms in Carroll County are weakening, but moderate to heavy rain remains, Channel 2 reported. 

5:12 p.m.: Cobb County Public Schools have canceled after-school activities. 

4:48 p.m.: The air is becoming increasingly unstable south and west of Atlanta, Channel 2 reported. Once a warm front across metro Atlanta is lifted, the severe weather threat will increase.

4:39 p.m.: Reinhardt University canceled all activities scheduled at and beyond 6 p.m. 

4:36 p.m.:  After-school activities at Fayette County Public Schools are set to end at 5 p.m. Any activities scheduled after that have been canceled. 

4:35 p.m.: There is a 15 percent chance of an EF-2 tornado in northwest Georgia, Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said. Severe storms are expected to be gone by 3 a.m., but showers should return Tuesday.

4:26 p.m.: The first line of storms is approaching northwest Georgia, the National Weather Service reported. Lightning and hail are possible in this first wave of storms.

4:16 p.m.: Large amounts of hail are reportedly nearing Carroll County, Channel 2 reported. Residents are urged to take cover.

4:14 p.m.: Paulding County Schools canceled after-school activities. Parents with children in Learning Bridge are encouraged to pick them up by 5 p.m.

4:03 p.m.: Northwest Georgia has the strongest chance of damaging storms, with golf ball to tennis ball-sized hail expected, Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

4:02 p.m.: Severe storms from Alabama are approaching North Georgia, Channel 2 reported.

3:50 p.m.: Clayton County Public Schools canceled all extracurricular events and after-school programs. The exception is the Campus Kids after-school program. 

3:16 p.m.: A tornado watch is expected to be issued for northern Alabama and parts of Tennessee and Mississippi by 5 p.m., according to Channel 2. For now, Georgia has not been added to this watch, but that could change. 

MORE: Georgia Power gears up for severe weather

3:12 p.m.: A couple of “super cells” (thunderstorms with a deep rotating updraft) are moving into northeast Georgia from Alabama, Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

3 p.m.: Showers — expected to hit the metro area and far North Georgia — have already started in Alabama. 

2:56 p.m.: Georgia Northwestern Technical College has closed all of its campuses. 

2:55 p.m.: Bartow County, Carroll County, Douglas County and Floyd County schools to cancel after-school activities. 

Atlanta weather radar: Where is the storm now?

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Monday’s pollen count was 438 particles per cubic meter of air in Atlanta, which is in the high range, according to Atlanta Allergy and Asthma. 

The good news is the pollen count does not touch last year’s season high of 3,559, or the 2017 season high of 4,107.

And rain usually helps wash away the pollen.

Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

The weather in some parts of the country is not helping people with allergies, and your pets could also be feeling the effects of the high pollen (and other allergens) count. 

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Pets are often sniffling grass, other pets and the ground. They are also much closer to where the allergens can sit, so they could be more exposed to more allergens, such as pollen. 

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Just like humans, dogs and cats can sneeze, get watery eyes and runny noses. Allergies can make these symptoms worse. According to the Humane Society, dogs often express pollen allergy symptoms by itching. The pollen gets on their fur, makes its way down to their skin and irritates it. 

>> On Interactive: Common medications used to treat your cough

Here are some ways to help your pet cope with seasonal allergies:

  • Consult your veterinarian to make sure the irritation on the skin is not something worse. Your veterinarian can prescribe allergy medicine if needed. 
  • Try to limit activities outdoors, especially in the morning, when pollen levels are the highest.
  • After a walk, wash or wipe your pet's face and paws a wet towel. Just like in humans, the pollen can be washed out. 
  • When you bathe your pets, use warm water when applying shampoo and cool water to wash it off. Cold water helps with the itching. 

NASA Warns a Solar Storm is On Track to Hit Earth

NASA Warns a Solar Storm is On Track to Hit Earth

Tsunami warning sent from Texas to New York was a test, NWS says

People along the East and Gulf coasts took to social media Tuesday morning after a test tsunami warning was apparently confused for the real thing, prompting at least one company to send alerts to residents from Texas to New York City.

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The National Weather Service’s National Tsunami Warning Center sent out a monthly tsunami warning test around 8:30 a.m., according to officials.

“We have been notified that some users received this test messages as an actual tsunami warning,” officials with the NWS regional office in Caribou, Maine, said on Twitter. “A tsunami warning is not in effect. Repeat, a tsunami warning is not in effect.”

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What You Need to Know: Tsunamis

Must see: Europeans battle deadly winds in Germany, Netherlands

At least eight people have died after deadly winds blew through Europe.

Two firefighters are among the victims of the hurricane-strength winds that damaged buildings and tore trees from the ground, the BBC reported.

Travel was delayed due to the storm.

>> Read more trending news 

Germany’s Deutsche Bahn stopped running trains on Thursday, but restarted long-distance runs on Friday, according to media reports.

The storm is being considered one of the strongest storms to hit the country in 11 years, CNN reported.

Amsterdam’s air traffic was shut down after two of three terminals were closed when roof plates were blown off the building, CNN reported.

In other parts of Europe, users posted photos of damage to social media. 

Police use Facebook to help man get off work during icy weather

Police in Texas used social media to offer a helping hand to a man who was trying to get off work as roads across the region began to ice over earlier this week.

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Police posted a warning on their Facebook page at 6:37 a.m. Tuesday telling citizens that all city offices would be closed. They urged area residents to stay inside and do their best to keep warm.

One man needed more help and turned to the Seguin Police Department. Justin Garcia, who is listed on Facebook as a resident of San Marcos, asked police for a note for work.

>> Photos: Snow blankets the South

Deputy Chief Bruce Ure delivered:

“Dear Justin’s Boss,” Ure wrote, “The roads are bad and are going to get worse. Much worse. Please let him stay home, warm and safe and enjoy some Hulu or some cool shows on Netflix. And, he needs a raise. He rocks. Respectfully ~ Deputy Chief Ure.”

Garcia left a comment on the police Facebook page the next day, saying he had gotten the day off. 

LIVE UPDATES: Metro school districts close schools for Friday

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AIRPORT: More than 200 Atlanta flights canceled Thursday

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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.: 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.

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