Students face 'dangerous cold' as they go Back 2 School

ATLANTA — Kids braved freezing temperatures when they went back to school after holiday break Thursday.

Nearly 20 districts went Back 2 School Thursday morning.

Channel 2's Sophia Choi went to DeKalb's Elementary School of the Arts Thursday, where six classrooms had no heat.

Technicians were there working on the issue, while school leaders put students who normally use those rooms, in other rooms that did have heat.

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach spoke to parents who were with their kids at a bus stop outside a Clarkston apartment complex Thursday morning. Many said they were excited to get back to class, until they stepped outside.

"I think the wind chill actually; the wind has it feeling a lot colder. It’s been about 23 degrees before, but today seems a lot colder since the wind is so strong,” parent Tijuana Walker said.

With it being so cold, school bus drivers got an early start to make sure the buses would crank.

More than 900 DeKalb school buses left a Stone Mountain bus yard on time Thursday morning, to make sure students did not wait in the extreme cold any longer than they had to.

Gehlbach was in DeKalb County as buses prepared to leave the bus barn in the freezing temperatures.

Drivers at the bus yard in Stone Mountain started arriving even before 4:30 a.m.

Temperatures were in the teens and remained below freezing most of the day.

Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said wind of 15 to 25 mph plus the high temperatures of near freezing kept the wind chill in the teens Thursday.


A Wind Chill Advisory went into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday through 9 a.m. Friday for all of the counties in the north Georgia mountains as well as metro Atlanta.

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While the metro area bundles up for the freezing cold, parts of Georgia saw snow accumulate Wednesday

Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan was in Savannah where it blanketed trees and cars in the afternoon.