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Winter weather might be headed to Atlanta tonight, and the city is taking precautions to avoid a repeat of the 2014 debacle – particularly with guests arriving for the Super Bowl.
Total snow accumulations of up to one and a half inches are expected, particularly along and north of line from Carrollton to Marietta to Canton, according to the National Weather Service. Smaller amounts are likely along the I-85 corridor. Any moisture on the roadways, especially in sheltered or protected areas will likely refreeze, increasing the potential for black ice.
This winter weather warning is in effect from 3 a.m. Tuesday morning until 7 a.m., the National Weather Service reports.
With this in mind, Atlanta Public Schools announced it they will be closed on Tuesday Jan. 29, due to the anticipated inclement weather. All after school programs, activities and community meetings have been cancelled. Parents, caregivers, and employees at APS charter schools are encouraged to contact their schools directly for scheduling information.
All city government offices will also be closed, including the Atlanta Municipal Court. Essential critical safety employees are expected to report to work during normal and emergency business hours, according to city materials. Essential employees are being urged to exercise caution during their commute.
Governor Brian Kemp’s office announced state offices will also be closed in Georiga’s northern counties. In a press joint press conference issued today with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Kemp said the Georgia Department of Transportation is already preparing roads ahead of the Winter Weather, salting roads and bridges to keep them from icing over, WSB-TV reports.
Atlanta’s Department of Public Works is also preparing for the storm. DWP activated its response plan and began pre-treating Priority routes and bridges with a brine solution at 7 a.m. Sunday. The city is also encouraging residents and businesses to shovel and salt sidewalks, outdoor steps and walkways to keep these areas safe.