Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed encouraged workers to begin leaving the city ahead of the forecasted winter weather, but not all at once . He encouraged businesses to release employees by 2 p.m. or earlier so there won’t be a repeat of 2014’s “snowpocalypse” when thousands of motorists were trapped – some overnight – on roadways.
“By 4 p.m. be where you need to be for the rest of the night,” Reed said during a press briefing this morning. “We are going to begin treating the roads and streets.”
Reed said 30 crews would be working and that the city was fully stocked with equipment and de-icing materials.
A winter weather advisory is in effect from 3 p.m. today through 7 p.m. on Saturday for metro Atlanta. The metro could see anywhere from a dusting to 2 inches of snow and a quarter inch of ice.
While the city is expected to miss the brunt of the winter weather, Reed said he would rather over-prepare than under-prepare for winter weather. He said city employees were being released at 11 a.m. today.
The mayor also encouraged residents to sign up for the city’s new emergency alert system NotifyATL.
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