ATLANTA - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is urging drivers to stay off metro Atlanta roads because of the winter storm.
“The goal of the state is to have everyone off metropolitan Atlanta roadways by 4 p.m.,” Reed said Friday.
Reed asked drivers to stagger their commute times Friday.
Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking the timing of the winter storm on Channel 2 Action News.
Reed said he wanted parents to connect with their children and have them leave school by 11:30 a.m. He acknowledged that the decision to dismiss was ultimately up to the school itself.
Severe Weather Team 2 said there is the potential for ice accumulation as well as snow.
Not only do we have the snow in the forecast, but also the potential for significant ice accumulation south metro. pic.twitter.com/xvI4G5wyqt— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) January 6, 2017
Warm layer of air will create areas of freezing rain & sleet. This explains how that happens when it snows elsewhere pic.twitter.com/jtvHTofSoA— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) January 6, 2017
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We have a team of reporters and photographers throughout metro Atlanta and the surrounding areas for live Severe Weather Team 2 coverage.
In an exclusive interview with Channel 2’s Richard Elliot, Gov. Nathan Deal echoed the message Reed announced Friday morning.
Deal encouraged non-essential state employees to head home before 12 p.m. to avoid the storm.
Breaking: in an exclusive interview, Gov. Deal encourages non-essential state employees to head home after 12p to avoid the storm. pic.twitter.com/Z5yJzjp4Ll— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) January 6, 2017
He said he wanted to see all state employees in the 78 north and central Georgia counties safely home by 4 p.m.
Stay with WSBTV.com and watch Channel 2 Action News for the latest forecast updates.
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