Winter storm conditions began making their way minutes before 9 p.m. on Sunday night in the Dekalb County area of Atlanta, according to the AJC. By 9:24 p.m. meteorologist Brad Nitz said snow and ice had moved into nearby Atlanta suburbs and wrecks soon followed all around the Metro area.
Downtown Atlanta became snow angel central as families took to the lush white winter treat not often seen in our fair city. Snowmen were erected as well. And by 9:54 p.m. snowfall was moving into Johns Creek, and then through Kennesaw and Paulding.
Atlanta had already accumulated 2 to 3 inches of the snowy powder by 10 p.m. in the metro area, and wrecks began littering the interstate, blocking lanes.
Winter storm drivers and wrecks
Drivers in winter storm conditions should allow for more space between themselves and the car in front of them to avoid the potential for an accident, as well as reduce speed when it is snowing, per the Gwinnett County Police. But law enforcement would prefer you didn’t drive at all unless absolutely necessary today.
Atlanta’s Paulding County had gotten so much snow by 11:12 p.m. that roads were impassable, according to the area’s Sheriff. And minutes later the Cherokee County Sheriff was chiming in about the terrible road conditions and subsequent closing of Hwy. 140, where the Fulton County and Cherokee County lines meet.
From Atlanta metro to North Georgia Mountains
Snow was rolling into the North Georgia area of Whitfield County soon after, making it to the Calhoun and Dalton areas with a good dusting already present by 11 p.m., but an hour later there was an accumulation of 3 to 4 inches already on the ground.
Winter storm predictions include a possible accumulation of up to 6 inches in the North Georgia mountainous areas and the storm has just begun.
Meteorologist David Chandley advised Georgians to not expect temps to climb much higher than 20 on Monday and if you are riding Marta buses on Monday, better not arrive before 7 a.m., as the transportation system will be opening a little later today.
Marta rail service in Atlanta will begin at its normal time on Monday: 4:45 a.m.
Delta Air Lines began addressing the impending winter storm conditions prior to the weekend, electing to provide customers with a no-penalty opportunity to change flight reservations in advance of the coming storm.
Delta also plans to de-ice several planes for the few routes they will attempt during the snow and ice expected to continue through Monday and possibly into Tuesday. UPDATE (7a.m.) Delta cancels more flights. and GA snow exceeds forecasted predictions.
Reference: AJC and Delta Air Lines