Georgia National Guard staff Sgt. Jared Callaway directs traffic away from the emergency lane while helping Ebony Thomas, of Atlanta, get her car started and back on the road after giving her a ride from the Mount Paran Baptist Church staging area to I-285 near Roswell Road on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. Thomas said she abandoned her vehicle Tuesday afternoon and has been sleeping in the hallway of the nearby Comfort Inn.
Photo: Curtis Compton
Photo: Curtis Compton

Atlanta weather | Things slowly getting back to normal

After another chilly morning, Day 4 of Snow Jam 2014 should warm up to near 50 degrees. The sun should continue to help the remaining icy patches on roadways melt — good news for drivers.

While many people will head back to work after the winter storm, Friday will be another holiday for many metro school students. Most college students won’t be as lucky.

Here’s what you need to know for Friday:

  • Roads: Metro interstate and major roadways should be clear of ice, but there may still be slick spots on smaller roads and in neighborhoods. State transportation leaders advise motorists to allow themselves extra time. The good news is that fewer commuters should be on the road.

  • Vehicles: If you’ve got your car, consider yourself lucky. Hundreds of vehicles abandoned during the snowfall Tuesday have been reclaimed. But the state patrol was forced to tow nearly 200 left on metro interstates. Many metro counties also were forced to tow vehicles in order to make roadways safer.

  • MARTA: Friday rail service will start at 5 a.m., and the transit agency said frequencies should range from 20 to 30 minutes. Buses are also scheduled to run at their normal weekday schedule. Travelers are advised to allow themselves extra time. Check for updates here.

  • Airlines: No major delays were reported late Thursday on flights in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Check with individual airlines before heading to the airport.

  • Forecast: Saturday is expected to partly sunny with high temperatures in the upper 50s, according to chief meteorologist Glenn Burns with Channel 2 Action News. Sunday afternoon’s temperatures will be even warmer, reaching the low 60s, Burns said. There’s about a 60 percent chance of rain, but temperatures will remain well above freezing.

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