Atlanta weather | Minute-by-minute updates on winter storm



ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News continues to cover the winter storm with over a dozen crews spread all over the state. There are several hundred students who are sheltered in place at schools primarily in the north and west region of the city.

12:01 a.m.: MARTA Rail service will begin at approximately 5:30 a.m. on all lines.

11:01 p.m.: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed stopped by Channel 2 Action News to talk about the city’s response to the winter storm.

During a Channel 2 Action News Special, Reed said the city made a mistake over how they let people out the city, causing massive gridlock on the city’s expressways.

“I think candidly, its shared responsibility. Obviously I’m responsible for the city, everything that happens in the city limits. The state has responsibility for the interstates. That’s not a close decision, so it’s shared responsibility. I said very early, in fact on Channel 2 with Ryan, that I thought that we had made a mistake in term of the sequencing of releasing citizens and sending them home,” Reed said.  

See Mayor Reed’s full interview here.

8:52 p.m.: GDOT says currently, ALL roadways in West Central Georgia are icy but passable. 

8:18 p.m.: Beginning Thursday morning, state agencies, to include Georgia State Patrol (GSP), National Guard and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) HEROs will be available to transport motorists to vehicles abandoned on Atlanta interstates during the recent winter storm. Clearing these vehicles expediently is a critical factor in GDOT's efforts to reopen all lanes to traffic.

Two staging areas for transport will open at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.

•             Drivers who left their vehicles on I-20 and I-285 west should report to the Westlake MARTA station (parking area), 80 Anderson Ave. SW, Atlanta.

•             Drivers who left their vehicles on I-75, the top end of I-285 and the Downtown Connector (I-75/I-85) should report to Mount Paran Church (parking area), 2055 Mount Paran Road, Atlanta.

Once there, drivers will be transported by official personnel in a 4-wheel-drive to their vehicle. There will be fuel available for vehicles that ran out of gas as well as the capability to jump off a dead battery. 

GSP will have a database to help motorists locate their vehicle if it was towed to an impound lot and provide transportation to the facility.

Motorists should bring car keys and driver's license to Check-In.

7:50 p.m.: Channel 2 employee reports nearly-sold out milk at a Grayson Kroger:

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6:55 p.m.: Department of Transportation crews are active throughout affected areas but Georgia DOT is urging motorists to stay off of highways as conditions are likely to continue to deteriorate until both the sun and temperatures rise.  The Department advises the public to refrain from all but such absolutely necessary travel until midday at the earliest.

6:44 p.m.: All Fulton County students are expected to be home and sleeping in their own beds tonight now that road conditions have improved enough for school bus travel. Approximately 2,900 students spent last night at 66 schools throughout the school system. By midday, that number was reduced to half, and by 5:30 p.m., it was zero.

6:34 p.m.: As temperatures drop, roads that are wet will freeze again. All interstates have at least one lane open in each direction, but many delays remain.

6:07 p.m.: 4-wheelers alone I-285:

5:44 p.m.: Atlanta Public Schools can confirm that all of the 50 students who were previously reported as still being on buses have been transported safely.

5:42 p.m.: Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh reports icy side roads along Cascade Road in south Fulton County.

5:15 p.m.: North Point Parkway in Alpharetta. Solid ice.

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4:35 p.m.: Barrow County schools closed, 12-month staff are asked to report.

4:20 p.m.: Douglas County Schools are closed for Thursday.

3:59 p.m.: DeKalb County schools shut down Thursday due to the inclement weather.

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3:35 p.m.: Emory University will be closed, Thursday, January 30, due to severe weather conditions.

2:50 p.m.: Due to inclement weather, Georgia Aquarium is closed again Thursday, January 30, 2014. Because of severe weather conditions, Georgia Aquarium will not open its doors to the public.

2:44 p.m.: Here's a video explainer on what to do if you had to abandon your vehicle on the road. Click here.

2:29 p.m.: As of 11:00 AM, road conditions in Alpharetta are improving as some thawing is occurring.  Still, the City is encouraging residents to consider remaining at home.

1:55 p.m.: Good Samaritans helping out stranded drivers on the interstate:

1:52 p.m.: Atlanta Public Schools can confirm that buses have arrived and are loading at all Shelter in Place sites.

1:47 p.m.: There will be no school for City Schools of Decatur students and staff tomorrow, Thursday, January 30. All schools will be closed.

1:30 p.m.: Georgia DOT says all four lanes of State Route 365 in Habersham and SR 15/US 441 in Habersham and Rabun are currently free of ice and open for use.

1:23 p.m.: All Coweta County Schools will be closed on Thursday, January 30. Schools will be closed on Thursday due to hazardous driving and weather conditions across the Coweta County area.   All extracurricular activities scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday have been cancelled as well.

1:11 p.m.: APS and Marietta City schools closed Thursday due to inclement weather.

1:05 p.m.: Haralson County Schools will be closed Thursday, January 30, 2014.

1:03 p.m.: Due to potentially unsafe travel conditions resulting from severe winter weather, Fulton County Schools – including all schools and administrative offices – will be closed Thursday, January 30.

12:55 p.m.: Channel 2's Richard Elliot helped a family stuck in traffic by giving them some extra food and water.

12:23 p.m.: Gov. Deal apologized for people's situations, but he cannot promise to always be correct about what mother nature will do.

12:15 p.m.: Mayor Kasim Reed says "we made a mistake by not staggering when people should leave.” He called it a lesson learned in a news conference.

12:05 p.m.: Gov. Deal says local meteorologists were more accurate than the National Weather Service in predicting where the storm would move.

11:45 a.m.: State troopers say there have been two fatalities, one weather-related. In total, 1,254 accidents with 130 injuries.

11:41 a.m.: The superintendent has authorized the closing of all Cherokee County School District schools and offices on Thursday, Jan. 30, due to the continued inclement weather.

11:36 a.m.: Gov. Nathan Deal says 2,000 Fulton County students remain in schools Wednesday morning.

10:56 a.m.: Reporter Mike Petchenik received a picture from the family of baby girl born on I-285 Tuesday. Her name is "Grace," as in by "Grace of God.”

10:38 a.m.: Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed said the city is coordinating with the Georgia National Guard, DOT and State Patrol in a news conference.

10:19 a.m.: News Chopper 2 over abandoned cars on Highway 78 near the entrance of Stone Mountain park.