We’ll be posting updates on the weekend winter storm in this post, so bookmark it and be sure to return regularly for updates, photos and more. The latest information will be at the top.
Saturday, 2:55 p.m. Ice is melting on the roadways and the GDOT has been busy treating the roads again due tonight’s hard freeze, with the low expected to be 17F. You can expect more slippery roads as the sun sets and again in the morning. This will be our last update on the winter weather, but please be sure to follow local weather and check back at Atlanta INtown for any breaking weather news. We leave you with one last image of the snow and ice, courtesy of Colony Square in Midtown. Thank you for following our coverage here.
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. The Atlanta Streetcar has suspended service today due to icy conditions. GDOT road crews are out putting more brine on the roads as melting begins. Frigid temperatures are expected to cause a refreeze tonight. The Atlanta BeltLine posted the image below of ice and snow on North Avenue from the Eastside Trail.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Snow and ice along Highland Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward. If you’re out for a stroll or to walk the dog, be careful of slippery sidewalks.
Saturday, 10 a.m. MARTA Trains, buses and Mobility service will run on their regular, weekend schedules, as conditions allow. All MARTA routes are experiencing delays due to icy roads.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Georgia Power outages have increased to nearly 14,000 in the metro as wind and ice bring down lines. The GDOT is still encouraging motorists to stay off the roads and will begin putting down more brine solution at 10 a.m. to try and prevent re-freezing as temperatures plunge into the teens tonight. Temperatures are expected to stay in the upper 20s before a predicted low of 17F.
Saturday, 7 a.m. The snowstorm was a bust Intown, but roads are slick with ice. We’re seeing multiple reports of roads closed, hazardous driving conditions, and downed trees. GDOT encouraging motorists to stay off the roads if possible. Georgia Power reporting 8,500 without power in the metro. Temperatures expected to stay below freezing today.
Saturday, 12:05 a.m. CBS 46 now forecasting an inch or less of snow and ice for Intown. Temperatures tomorrow will remain below freezing. We’ll pick up coverage tomorrow morning. Thanks for following our coverage today.
Friday, 11:30 p.m. Freezing rain continues to fall across Intown and some roads are becoming slick. Forecast still calling for a brief changeover to snow north if I-20 in the overnight hours.
Friday, 10:40 p.m. Fulton County Police warning motorists to stay off Georgia 400 as ice is coating the roadway.
Friday, 10 p.m. The AJC is reporting that ice accumulating on the Atlanta Streetcar power line has forced a cancellation of service.
Friday, 9:55 p.m. Freezing rain continues across Intown. Our contributing photographer Asep Mawardi snapped the photo below of ice accumulating on his car in Buckhead.
Friday, 8:40 p.m. Reports of freezing rain and slick spots all around the metro now. Snow is falling in parts of north metro. If you’re out on the roads, be safe and slow down. You can see ice forming on the leaves in Old Fourth Ward in the photo below.
Friday, 7:05 p.m. WSB reports that road crews are out treating roads across the metro, and have moved to using salt as the temperature has now dipped to freezing.
Friday, 6:25 p.m. There are now reports of freezing rain and sleet in and around the city. Temperature has dipped to 32F, so expect to see ice forming.
Friday, 4:45 p.m.: Motorists are heeding the warning by local officials to get off the roads. In the photo below, Ponce de Leon Avenue just north of Ponce City Market at 4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
Friday, 4:15 p.m.: The winter weather warning is now in effect. Temperatures are hovering at 33F.
Friday, 2:40 p.m.: The winter storm warning will go into effect at 4 p.m. That’s also when Mayor Kasim Reed has asked motorists to be off the roads as pre-treating continues.
Friday, 1:45 p.m.: Light to moderate rain is now falling across Intown, but temperatures remain above freezing at 36F. We’re also seeing reports via social media that early rush hour is underway on Atlanta’s interstates and roads. Be careful out there.
Friday, 1:20 p.m. Residents are urged to sign up for NotifyATL, the emergency notification system, to get the latest details regarding winter weather conditions, road closures and various aspects of the city’s response via email or smartphone.
Friday, 12:53 p.m.: A statement from MARTA: For Friday, Jan. 6, MARTA trains, buses and Mobility service will run on their regular, weekday schedules, weather permitting. MARTA will continue to monitor weather conditions and adjust transit service schedules, as needed. Customers are advised to check itsmarta.com, MARTA’s Facebook page, @MARTAService on Twitter for service updates.
Friday, 12:30 p.m.: The city has a total of 12 salt spreaders, 40 snow plows, 8 brine sprayers, 2,000 tons of salt in hand, 1500 tons of aggregate and 10,000 gallons of brine. Private contractors are on standby if additional resources are needed.
Friday, 12:15 p.m.: The City of Atlanta is currently operating at a Level 3 emergency response. City crews will begin operating on 12-hour shifts throughout the duration of the storm to ensure the safety and drivability of city roadways. City residents and visitors are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel during periods of precipitation and while crews are working to clear and treat surface streets.
Friday, 11:59 a.m.: Delta has cancelled more than 300 flights this weekend due to the winter weather and other carriers are following suit. Before you had out to Hartsfield-Jackson to catch a flight or pick up someone, be sure to check the airport website or your airline for flight delays and cancellations.
Friday, 11:54 a.m.: CBS 46 has an updating list of cancelled activities across metro Atlanta this weekend at this link.
Friday, 11:45 a.m.: Mayor Kasim Reed has asked citizens to be off the roads by 4 p.m. and has called for a staggered departure from the city, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with students at local schools. He said local businesses should allow employees to leave at 12:30 p.m. and that release of city employees would begin at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, 11:40 a.m.: Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for North Georgia beginning at noon today ahead of the approaching winter storm. A winter storm warning issued goes into effect Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. Weather forecasters are expected anywhere from one to four inches of snow overnight across metro Atlanta and North Georgia. Read more at this link.
Friday, 10 a.m.: Atlanta Public Schools, City Schools of Decatur and DeKalb County Schools will dismiss classes two hours early today. Although Fulton County Schools’ students aren’t back in class yet from the holiday break, teachers and staff will be dismissed at noon. School districts have also canceled all Friday after-school and evening activities and weekend events.