Roads re-freeze following snow, winter weather across N. Georgia

Road conditions are starting to decline again throughout metro Atlanta, after a day full of crashes due to snow and ice.

Georgia's Department of Transportation urged people Wednesday to stay home, off the interstates and let crews get to work. As the sunset in the evening, many roads began to ice over again. 

Most metro schools canceled classes for Thursday as well. 

A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect for most of north Georgia until Thursday morning.

Nearly 2 inches of snow fell in parts of metro Atlanta by Wednesday afternoon.

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5:47 a.m.: Transit changes for Thursday morning. 

If you take @CobbTransit or @gctransit Express buses, you'll need an alternate mode of transportation today. #ATLtraffic

— AJC WSB Traffic (@ajcwsbtraffic) January 18, 2018

10:44 p.m.: Triple Team Traffic reporting icy conditions in DeKalb County:

DeKalb Co.: Reports of icing on I-20/wb ramp to Panola Rd. (Ex. 71). Use extreme caution when leaving I-20 onto Panola. Shoulders/travel lane affected.

— Triple Team Traffic (@WSBTraffic) January 18, 2018

10:17 p.m.: Mayor Bottoms asks drivers to use caution if they have to be on the road:

Our @ATLPublicWorks crews will continue to work through the night until roadways are clear. If you need to drive, please exercise caution as low temperatures will persist through the night causing icy conditions. Find the latest info on our efforts here:

— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) January 18, 2018

10:06 p.m.: Crash along Peachtree Street

Atlanta: Crash on Peachtree St./SB near Spring St. in right lane. APD on site. Watch for lane restrictions.

— AJC WSB Traffic (@ajcwsbtraffic) January 18, 2018

9:31 p.m.: The Fulton County transit plan meeting scheduled for Thursday will be rescheduled due to weather.

Please note that the Fulton County transit plan meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 18 will be rescheduled due to weather. We will announce the new date asap.

— FultonCountyGeorgia (@FultonInfo) January 18, 2018

9:15 p.m.: UGA reopens Athens campus beginning 10:30 a.m. Thursday

UGA reopens Athens campus beginning 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. First class at 11 a.m. Read the full update at

— UGA (@universityofga) January 18, 2018

9:09 p.m.: Channel 2's Carl Willis just ran across a truck that has spun out in Coweta County.

We found this spin out just as soon as we arrived in Newnan/Coweta County. Law enforcement says there’s a reason there’s a curfew tonight. We’re live @ 11

— Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) January 18, 2018

8:31 p.m.: City of Norcross delaying opening of offices until 10 a.m. Thursday.

PUBLIC NOTICE: City of Norcross government offices will delay opening tomorrow until 10 a.m. due to possible icy road conditions.

— The City of Norcross (@CityofNorcross) January 18, 2018

8:10 p.m.: GDOT urging motorists to wait until daylight before heading out on the roads Thursday.

For tomorrow's commute we ask motorists to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary or postpone until daylight when road conditions, such as black ice and other slick spots may be more visible. #WinterWeather #DriveAlert #ArriveAliveGA

— Georgia DOT (@GADeptofTrans) January 18, 2018

7:40 p.m.: Chamblee says they have several impassable roads:

We still have impassable roads in Chamblee. The Clairmont Bridge is still closed. Public Works are working on other streets, but they are covered with snow and frozen. We have and will continue to contact GDOT to see if they can attempt to treat Buford Hwy and Peachtree Blvd.

— Chamblee GA (@ChambleeGA) January 17, 2018

7:38 p.m.: City of Chamblee offices will be closed Thursday.

Due to the inclement weather, Chamblee's admin offices will be closed Thurs, Jan 18. Roads are still dangerous. Sanitation services will resume Fri. If your garbage days are Wed, Thurs or Fri, pls leave garbage at the curb thru Sat evening. We will pick it up ASAP. Thank you.

— Chamblee GA (@ChambleeGA) January 18, 2018

6:48 p.m.: Cleburne County Schools closed for Thursday.

6:46 p.m.: Athens-Clarke County gives update on road conditions:

As the sun sets & temperatures drop (currently 28 F), wet areas will refreeze/black ice becomes more of a concern. Stay off the roads unless you have to be out.

— Athens-Clarke County (@accgov) January 17, 2018

ACC Trans. & Public Works Streets & Drainage staff have been working all day to treat icy areas on local roads (@GDOTNE treats state roads like Loop 10, Milledge Ave., Atl. Hwy., etc.).

— Athens-Clarke County (@accgov) January 17, 2018

Both will have staff working through the night. Streets & Drainage staff will treat icy areas focused on ~50 road segments, with priorities on hills, bridges & intersections.

— Athens-Clarke County (@accgov) January 17, 2018

So thanks to the @accgov employees who didn't get a "snow day" today or tonight - we appreciate what they do to help keep #AthensGA safe.

— Athens-Clarke County (@accgov) January 17, 2018

6:42 p.m.: Lawrenceville City Hall and all city operations will delay opening until 10 a.m.

6:39 p.m.: Sandy Springs city hall and municipal court will be open Thursday:

Sandy Springs City Hall & Municipal Court will open on Thursday, Jan 18 at 9 a.m.

— Sandy Springs, GA (@SandySpringsGA) January 17, 2018

6:36 p.m.: Traffic alert for Fayette County:

McDonough Rd near McDonough Road Baptist Church is blocked due to multiple vehicles trying to make it up the hill. Please use an alternate route.

6:29 p.m.: DeKalb County libraries to remain closed Thursday:

Due to bad road conditions, all DCPL branches will remain closed Thu., Jan. 18, 2018. All items due between Wed., Jan. 17 and Fri., Jan. 19, are now due on Sat., Jan. 20. Holds set to expire during this period also are now due Jan. 20. Check for details.

— DeKalb Co Library (@dekalblibrary) January 17, 2018

6:23 p.m.: DeKalb County gives update on road closures:

These DeKalb County roads are closed because of hazardous road conditions and ice. Drivers are urged to stay home and off the roads. #DKPD

— DeKalb County Police (@DeKalbCountyPD) January 17, 2018

6:22 p.m.: Snellville warning that side roads becoming a problem as sun goes down:

Side roads still have a good bit of ice where sun didn’t bake the area. Major roads are bad in some parts.

— Snellville PD (@SnellvillePD) January 17, 2018

6:09 p.m.: Triple Team Traffic over a 2-car wreck in DeKalb County. Icy conditions to blame:

Two-car wreck and DeKalb PD with them in the ice: Clairmont next the Greek Church, north of LaVista. Be careful. #ATLtraffic

— Fireball Turnbull (@DougTurnbull) January 17, 2018

6:05 p.m.: DeKalb County EMA asking residents to stay off the roads.

Snow and ice cover our roadways and there are numerous accidents. #ItsInDeKalb

— DeKalb County EMA (@DeKalbCountyEMA) January 17, 2018

6:03 p.m.: Alpharetta official just issued this update on conditions there:

This is the evening update from the City of Alpharetta for January 17. Ice will continue to be an issue throughout the evening and morning; especially on secondary roads and neighborhood streets.

— City of Alpharetta (@alpharettagov) January 17, 2018

5:50 p.m.: Forsyth County Schools closed Thursday. Will have online learning day.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 will be an online learning day. Visit for information on the Online Learning Plan for School Closures.

Information on after-school activities/athletics for Thursday will be posted on the school district website by noon.

— Forsyth Co. Schools (@FCSchoolsGA) January 17, 2018

5:47 p.m.: Clayton County government offices to delay opening until 10 a.m. Thursday.

5:36 p.m.: Rockdale County Schools closed for Thursday.

5:19 p.m.: Cherokee, Meriwether County schools closed Thursday.

5:14 p.m.: City of Conyers offices will delayed opening until noon Thursday.

5:05 p.m.: Hall County Schools will be conducting school from home on Thursday.

Hall County Schools will be conducting school from home on Thursday, January 18th. Employees have received email information about your work hours.

— Hall County Schools (@Hall_Schools) January 17, 2018

5:00 p.m.: GDOT provides an update on road conditions:

GDOT’s Natalie Dale provides an update on current road conditions in Georgia following the latest winter storm. Find out how we’re supercharging our brine to continuously tackle the roads. #WorkingForYou

— Georgia DOT (@GADeptofTrans) January 17, 2018

4:52 p.m.: The CDC will be closed Thursday.

All CDC Atlanta-area campuses are CLOSED Jan 18 2018. Questions: 1-800-937-5157

— CDC Operating Status (@CDC_Status) January 17, 2018

4:47 p.m.: DeKalb County offices to remain closed Thursday.

4:43 p.m.: College Park City Hall will resume operations Thursday beginning at 10 a.m

4:38 p.m.: Habersham County Schools closed on Thursday.

4:31 p.m.: Many metro Atlanta malls are closing early Wednesday due to the snow.

JUST IN - Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, Mall of Georgia, Sugarloaf Mills and Town Center at Cobb all closing EARLY tonight due to winter weather #StormWatchOn2

— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) January 17, 2018

4:30 p.m.: Putnam and Bartow county schools are closed Thursday due to the winter weather.

4:25 p.m.: At least an hour wait time in the TSA lines at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Brace yourself! The line just to get to security at the airport is backed up to the atrium and past baggage claim. Estimated time through security is about an hour. TSA staffing a major issue.

— Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) January 17, 2018

4:19 p.m.: Gwinnett County Schools closed Thursday:

Gwinnett County Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, January 18, due to icy conditions that remain on many...

— Gwinnett Co. Schools (@GwinnettSchools) January 17, 2018

4:17 p.m.: Cobb County government offices and courts will delay opening Thursday:

Cobb County government offices / courts delay opening until 10 am Thursday as @CobbDOT crews deal with expected black ice on roads. Cobb / Marietta schools are closed.

— Cobb County Govt (@cobbcountygovt) January 17, 2018

4:16 p.m.: Douglas and Newton county schools closed on Thursday.

4:13 p.m.: Channel 2's Mike Petchenik  reports Fulton County government offices will be closed Thursday. 

#FultonCounty government offices will remain closed Thursday due to icy conditions. #StormWatchon2.

— Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) January 17, 2018

4:12 p.m.: Woodstock city offices will open Thursday.

City Hall Administrative Offices will open at its regularly scheduled time tomorrow, January 18th.

— Woodstock Police, GA (@WoodstockPD) January 17, 2018

4:00 p.m.: Here is a current look at snowfall totals across N. Georgia.

Here's a better view of snow coverage in the Metro area. Widespread 1-3 inches!

— Glenn Burns (@GlennBurnsWSB) January 17, 2018

3:51 p.m.: Dobbins Air Reserve Base will be closed to non-essential personnel Thursday because of the weather.

3:48 p.m.: GSU says all of their campuses will be closed Thursday.

Because of inclement weather, all Georgia State University campuses will remain closed through Thursday, January 18.

— Georgia State U. (@GeorgiaStateU) January 17, 2018

3:40 p.m.: University of North Georgia will resume operations Thursday:

The Dahlonega campus will resume normal operations Thursday January 18th. All other campuses will open at 11:00am on Thursday January 18th (Blue Ridge, Cumming, Gainesvile, and Oconee). for more info.

— UNG (@UNG_News) January 17, 2018

3:31 p.m.: People who have flights out of Hartsfield-Jackson are asked to arrive 3 hours early because of backups in the TSA lines.

.@ATLairport reporting extended wait times at Domestic Main Security Checkpoint due to limited TSA staffing after snowstorm. Travelers encouraged to arrive 3 hrs before departure time. Updated wait times:

— Delta News Hub (@DeltaNewsHub) January 17, 2018

3:29 p.m.: Kennesaw State University will be closed Thursday.

Kennesaw State University will be CLOSED tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 18. This closure applies to all campuses. All classes are CANCELLED.

Dining Services will continue to operate on both campuses.

— Kennesaw State (@kennesawstate) January 17, 2018

3:28 p.m.: Floyd County Schools will be closed Thursday.

3:22 p.m.: Clayton County Schools will be closed Thursday.

3:21 p.m.: Marietta City Schools will be closed Thursday.

3:15 p.m.: Paulding County Schools will be closed Thursday.

3:12 p.m: Fulton County schools will be closed Thursday due to winter weather.

3:08 p.m.: DeKalb County schools will be closed Thursday due to winter weather.

3:06 p.m.: Polk County schools will be closed Thursday.

3:00 p.m.: Cobb and Fayette counties will be closed Thursday. 

All Cobb County Schools are closed on Thursday, January 18, for both students and staff, due to road and travel conditions.

— Cobb County Schools (@CobbSchools) January 17, 2018

2:58 p.m.: Zoo Atlanta will be closed again Thursday

Zoo Atlanta will be closed again on Thursday, January 18, due to continuing winter weather conditions. We'll be updating everyone on our hours for Friday, January 19.

— Zoo Atlanta (@ZooATL) January 17, 2018

2:55 p.m.: Coweta County has issued a curfew because of dangerous roads, which as expected to get worse once the sun goes down. The curfew is in effect from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday.

2:52 p.m.: Monroe County Schools are closed for Thursday because of the winter weather.

"After consulting with local and state emergency management officials, it has been determined that many roads are still iced over throughout the county. With low temperatures and overnight refreezing, these areas will pose a major concern for early-morning school bus and car travel tomorrow. As always, the safety of our students and staff is our primary concern," the district said.  

2:45 p.m.: DeKalb County reports several roads are closed because of the winter weather

JUST IN: DeKalb County just sent us an updated road closure list: #stormwatchon2

— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) January 17, 2018

2:31 p.m.: Troup County Schools will be closed Thursday due to weather

2:25 p.m. Bremen City Schools will be closed Thursday due to winter weather.

1:56 p.m.: Emory University and Oxford College will be closed Thursday due to winter weather.

1:48 p.m.: Henry County Schools will be closed Thursday due to inclement weather.

1:18 p.m.: Here are the latest snowfall totals:

Here are several snow totals that we've received. Remember when taking measurements, be sure to do so from a solid surface, NOT the grass! #StormWatchon2 #ATLWeather #gawx

— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) January 17, 2018

1:15 p.m.: Carroll County Schools and Carrollton City Schools will be closed Thursday due to weather.

12:55 p.m.: Temperatures are in the teens in metro Atlanta. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz said the high temperature is 25 for Atlanta Wednesday.
A Wind Chill Advisory has been extended until 10 a.m. Thursday ahead of single digit wind chills Wednesday afternoon, night and Thursday morning.

Dangerously cold wind chills will continue through the morning. Advisory has been extended to include the Metro through 10 AM. If you have to be outside, dress in layers. My advice is to stay inside and off the roads. #StormWatchOn2 #GAWX

— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) January 17, 2018

12:10 p.m.: Coweta County Schools announces it will close Thursday

All Coweta County schools will be closed on Thursday, January 18, due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions. Students and employees should not report to school tomorrow. Monitor the school system’s website at for updates.

— Coweta Schools (@CowetaSchools) January 17, 2018

12:05 p.m.: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says Atlanta Public Works crews have 17 salt spreaders throughout the city and will be treating the roads around the clock. 

The sun is out but temperatures are still below freezing. Our @ATLPublicWorks crews have 17 salt spreaders throughout the city & will be treating roads around the clock. Please continue to stay off the road and report icy conditions to @coa311.

— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) January 17, 2018

[READ: Here are all the roads closed in Gwinnett due to snow]

12:02 p.m.: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reports 684 flight delays, 276 cancellations in an out of the airport.

12:00 p.m.: 2 people die in two-car crash on I-75 in Macon, according to WGXA.

11:44 a.m.: Clayton County police urge people to stay off the roads.

Hazardous areas: 

Current Clayton County Road hazards/closures:
-SR85 North/South Lanes
-Tara Blvd North/South Lanes
-W Fayetteville Rd (Hwy 314)
-SR 138 @ Lake Spivey Rd
-Riverdale Rd
-Garden Walk Blvd

Stay off of the roads if possible. Driving conditions are still hazardous!

— Clayton County PD (@ClaytonCountyPD) January 17, 2018

11:30 a.m.: Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz said 2.3 inches of snow officially fell in Atlanta.

10:49 a.m.: Gov. Nathan Deal said that the state government will remain closed Thursday due to the winter weather:

“Our top priority is to ensure the safety of Georgians and to allow the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to continue doing its job,” said Deal. “Due to yesterday’s winter weather and continued freezing temperatures, ice continues accumulating on our roadways. GDOT is responsible for the maintenance of more than 17,900 miles of state roads and interstates. Currently, there are more than 12,800 miles remaining to be cleared and treated. In light of this, I urge people to stay home, stay safe and remain off our roadways. We will continue monitoring the weather and will provide updates as necessary.”

9:40 a.m.: Wind chill at -2 in metro Atlanta

9:38 a.m.: The City of Atlanta has opened three warming centers for those in need of a warm place to stay.

Central Park Recreation Center
Grant Park Recreation Center 
Old Adamsville Recreation Center 

Anyone in need of a ride to one of the facilities can call 404-546-2710.

11:33 a.m.: Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz says 2.3 inches of snow fell in Atlanta.

11:00 a.m.: Atlanta police said they are working more than 90 crashes today.

9:25 a.m.: GDOT says I-75 South Metro Express Lanes are closed until further notice.

9:10 a.m.:  Gwinnett County police said they have handled more than 170 wrecks since midnight. 

8:38 a.m.: Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Jake Smith tells Channel 2 Action News the department is working an estimated 50 traffic accidents.

"We really need people to stay off the roads," Smith says of authorities working the wrecks.

8:30 a.m.: Snow is almost done falling, but will remain on the ground for some time. Anywhere from 1 to 2 inches of snow has fallen across parts of metro Atlanta.

Wind will make it feel like it's in the single digits and below zero Wednesday, Minton says.

8:15 a.m.: Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Karen Minton says it is 16 degrees in metro Atlanta and snow has moved through the area.

7:55 a.m.: Nearly 190 flights cancelled, 255 flights delayed in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

7:50 a.m.: Snowfall starting to move out of metro Atlanta as roads remain icy, dangerous.

Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan said wind chills will be dangerously cold into Wednesday afternoon. 

[PHOTOS: 'Treacherous' ice, snow covers metro Atlanta]

7:30 a.m.: GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale says crews dealing with a lot of issues falling snowfall. She urges drivers to stay off the roads. She asked that people also stay off the roads for the sake of the emergency crews that need to treat the roads.

"Give crews the time and space they need to clear the accidents," she said. "If you can't safely get out of your neighborhood, it's best to stay put." 

7 a.m.: "I don't expect t o get an all-clear today," Natalie Dale with GDOT says about road conditions and when to drive.

7 a.m.: Channel 2 Action News to continue Live Severe Weather Team 2 coverage into Good Morning America, for at least 2 hours.

6:55 a.m.: Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for metro Atlanta and north Georgia as dangerous road conditions and snowfall continue.

6:50 a.m.: Layer of ice, then snow on most metro Atlanta roads. The roads temperatures are below freezing, in the teens and 20s.

6:30 a,m.: Snow still falling throughout most of metro Atlanta while crashes still being reported.

6:10 a.m.: More than 30 crashes reported due to widespread icing in Hall County. People asked to avoid driving. 

6:03 a.m.: Crash involving MARTA bus in DeKalb County, according to Triple Team Traffic.

6:01 a.m.: Snow starting to clear in parts of north Georgia, but still falling across metro Atlanta. Road temperatures are still freezing, Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Karen Minton says.

6 a.m.: Nearly 100 flights cancelled, close to 115 flights delayed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport due to winter weather.

5:40 a.m.: Triple Team Traffic reports several roads closed due to icy conditions. They include I-85 southbound, south of Highway 211, Langford Parkway at I-285, Browns Ridge Road, west of Ga. 400, Highway 124 at Ronald Reagan Parkway.

5:35 a.m.: MARTA rail, bus services experiencing delays

5:15 a.m.: Ground delay announced at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. 

5:10 a.m.: Snow is ending in the northwest GA mountains now, but will continue on the south side for the next 4-5 hours, Severe Weather Team 2 says.