Cobb County, other school districts close Tuesday as ice continues to melt

A warming trend started Monday that could mean temps in the 70s by Friday. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Combined ShapeCaption
A warming trend started Monday that could mean temps in the 70s by Friday. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

ATLANTA FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. Windy. High: 43

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low: 21

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. High: 52

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

The sun was out and temperatures increased Monday, but remaining icy conditions led Cobb County and other North Georgia counties to close schools for Tuesday.

Schools will also be closed in Cherokee, Bartow, Paulding, Lumpkin, Fannin, Towns, White, Union, Habersham and Pickens counties. Dawson County will begin two hours later than normal.

In Rabun and Habersham counties, a winter weather advisory was issued until noon Tuesday.

Cold air hung around the metro Atlanta area Monday, too.

“It’s not as warm as it should be, but we’ll see a warming trend,” Channel 2 Action News chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

Temperatures were 39 degrees in Atlanta, 30 in Blairsville and 29 in Griffin just after 8:30 p.m.

The average high for this day is 52 degrees.

“We'll spend about 13 hours above freezing today,” meteorologist Brad Nitz said.

The metro area and other parts of North Georgia are expected to hit the freezing mark again about midnight, which could mean the return of icy patches, especially in shaded areas on the northside of Atlanta and in the North Georgia mountains.

Icy roads, a lingering effect of metro Atlanta's frosty weekend, prompted multiple districts to cancel school Monday and businesses to delay the start of the day.

RELATED: Full list of school and business closings, delays

The latest weather forecast includes some good news.

Highs are expected to reach 52 degrees Tuesday, 64 degrees Wednesday, 69 degrees Thursday and 70 degrees Friday.

Combined ShapeCaption
Here's Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns with a look at your Monday evening forecast.