ATLANTA - Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Karen Minton is tracking the cold front bringing bitter cold wind chills to metro Atlanta and snow and black ice to north Georgia.
Temperatures in the metro area dipped into the 20s and teens on Friday morning, but felt more like the single digits. Some mountain counties saw wind chills as low as zero Friday morning.
Karen Minton said Friday is one of the coldest mornings in nearly two years.
The main threat in the morning was black ice. Karen Minton said she saw some patches of black ice in the right-hand lane of Interstate 85 early Friday morning.
Steve Gehlback reported seeing large patches of black ice along the eastbound lanes of Ronald Reagan Parkway near Five Forks Trickum Road in Snellville Friday morning. A Gwinnett police officer was seen in the area monitoring the roads.
Firefighters had to bundle up to fight a house fire on 3rd Avenue Southwest near Cleveland Avenue Friday. There were no reports of injuries.
The snow began to fall around 8 p.m. Thursday in Blairsville, blanketing much of the mountain town in a thin layer of white.
"It's really cold out here, I'll tell you," said Pete Dejoseph of Blairsville. "It gets your blood flowing a little bit."
GDOT spokesperson Terry Pope said they were doing something new this time in that they positioned recon teams in six mountain counties to watch the road conditions and report if ice started to develop.
At the first sign of trouble, Pope said GDOT crews could move in quickly to clear those roads.
GDOT said there are hazardous road conditions in seven counties as of Friday morning. GDOT reports that State Road 52 in Dawson County is closed for 6 mile stretch from Highway 183, past Amicalola Falls. It's reportedly completely impassable.
Minton said there will be plenty of sun but temperatures will remain in the 30s on Friday. Metro Atlanta will barely get above freezing in the later afternoon.
The next chance of rain and winter weather comes Sunday. There's a 60 percent chance of showers that could turn into a wintry mix by evening.