On Jan. 23, 2000, an ice storm left more than 300,000 homes and businesses without power for days.
In 1983, between Jan. 20 and 21, 1.9 inches of snow blanketed the metro area. Remembering what had happened a year earlier, panicked workers fled the city. Then, on March 24, 1983, nearly 8 inches of snow began falling one afternoon, causing gridlock on the highways.
But the worst storm of all, the one that permanently scarred the psyche of Atlanta, had to be the ice storm of 1973.
What began as a cold rain on Jan. 7 turned into an icy mess. That rain froze, draping power lines and pine trees in ice and causing one of the most spectacular light shows in the city's history: Power transformers blew all over town, illuminating the night sky.
For three days, more than 200,000 people were without power, and many were without heat, unable to travel because roads were glazed with black ice.