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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MINUTE-BY-MINUTE UPDATES:

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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. 

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

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

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

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:

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.

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

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. 

[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: 

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. 

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