Libraries and rec centers closing early in DeKalb County

Libraries, government offices, recreation centers and senior centers in DeKalb County are closing early Friday in anticipation of snow and ice blanketing the metro Atlanta area.

The winter storm could bring 3 to 4 inches of snow accumulation in the county, officials said.

DeKalb schools are closing two hours early, while Decatur schools are releasing students one hour early.

“The safety of our youngest residents is a top priority for DeKalb County,” said DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond. “If parents need to leave work before 1 p.m. to meet their children, they are urged to do so.”

All county offices, libraries and recreation centers are closing at 1 p.m. on Friday, and senior centers are closing at noon. All Saturday events and programs are canceled.

Residents are being urged to stay home and avoid driving.

"We can't stress enough the importance of staying off the roads, especially once the precipitation begins to fall," Thurmond said. "Our crews can better prepare and clear the roads when there are fewer cars and congestion."

The DeKalb Emergency Management Agency will open warming centers on Saturday at the following locations:

  • Fire Station 3: 24 N. Clarendon Ave, Avondale 30002
  • Fire Station 4: 4540 Flakes Mill Road, Ellenwood 30294
  • Fire Station 6: 2342 Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta 30316
  • Fire Station 8: 2711 Clairmont Road, Atlanta 30329
  • Fire Station 18: 4588 Barclay Drive, Dunwoody 30339
  • Fire Station 25: 7136 Rockbridge, Stone Mountain 30087