• Minute-By-Minute: Sunday & Monday Storm Developments

    ATLANTA - The following is a minute by minute development of the storm in metro Atlanta and North Georgia from Sunday until Monday at 11:59 p.m.

    Monday January 10

    11:02pm In response to the severe winter storm, Governor Nathan Deal issued an Executive Order today stating that impacted State Government Offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 11, at the discretion of state agency leaders and local supervisors.

    7:55pm City of Woodstock Municipal Court scheduled for Tuesday, January 11th has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

    5:50pm Clayton County and Troup County schools are closed on Tuesday too.

    3:24pm Gwinnett County and DeKalb County schools are closed on Tuesday as well.

    3:17pm Cobb County schools are closed on Tuesday.

    3:11pm Channel 2's Zach Klein reports that the Hawks game is still on for Tuesday, but the Hawks are talking to the NBA about the situation. Georgia Tech has postponed their game tonight. Zach Klein filed this iPhone report from Philips Arena.


    3:07pm Athens-Clarke County schools now closed on Tuesday

    2:55pm DeKalb County has suspended sanitation service through Wednesday, January 12.

    2:36pm Channel 2's Zach Klein tried to make it to a story at the airport, but never got past 10th street. He says its a sheet of ice at Spring Street. Zach reported a jack knifed tractor trailer and an ambulance stuck in the ice for an hour. His report is here:


    2:23pm Channel 2 photographer Casey Nichols reports major accident on I-75 southbound near the North Loop. Casey says at least one dozen tractor trailers involved.

    2:17pm Channel 2's Linda Stouffer reports wide spread ice and abandoned cars waiting for help on the Downtown Connector southbound near Langford Parkway. This is Linda's report:


    1:47pm Forsyth and Floyd County schools are now closed Tuesday 1:25pm Clayton County police say they have a long list of streets that are closed or limited due to weather. I-285 west to I-75 south Hwy 138 East of N Main I-75 south between Holiday and Old Dixie extremely icy Riverdale Rd @ Walker Rd / major accident (no injuries) impassable Hwy 85 @ Roundtree Rd Lake Harbin Rd at Maddox Rd Valley Hill Rd Forest Pkwy @ Joy Lake Rd McDonough Rd west of Tara Blvd is very icy Hwy 138 East of North Main Street Creel Rd @ West Fayetteville Rd Loop Rd and I-285 Riverdale Rd @ Walker Rd Lake Mirror @ 285 west (Loop Rd connector) Poplar Springs at the top of the hill

    12:55pm Here come the Tuesday closings. Bartow, Buford, Carroll, Habersham, Lumpkin, Madison, White and the University of Georgia are closed Tuesday.

    11:55am Conyers Police department has closed I-20 between exit 80 and exit 82 due to ice. The highway will remain closed at least another hour, according to police.

    11:53am DOT has closed SR 6 at Douglas Hill Ave. in Douglas Co. and Hwy 141 at Winters Chapel in DeKalb Co. for the rest of the day.

    11:34am Channel 2's Mark Winne is in Clayton County. He reports extremely icy conditions in Clayton County. Police told Winne that I-75 is at a virtual standstill, including a loaded Greyhound bus stuck on the interstate near Highway 54.

    11:14am We just received new information about power outages. Georgia Power reports 6,600 statewide customers without power, half of them are in an area between Dublin, Vidallia and Hawkinsville. Georgia EMC reports 353 outages in metro Atlanta and 258 in the middle part of the state.

    10:59am Channel 2's Erin Coleman reports from I-85 in Gwinnett County where she says road conditions are getting worse:


    10:48am Channel 2's Zach Klein ventures outside Channel 2 studios for a report on roads in midtown Atlanta. Here's his video:


    10:48am Channel 2's Linda Stouffer found a man pushing his car off a very deserted and snow covered Downtown Connector. She filed this video:


    10:28am Carol Boatwright with Georgia Power says metro Atlanta is looking remarkably good.Only 100-140 customer outages reported. There are a large percentage of outages reported in central Georgia in the Macon/Dublin area. They're reporting 7,300 customers without power in those areas.

    10:08am Channel 2's Ross Cavitt live inside Cobb EMC. No major outages reported yet. Crews have been planning for the storm for four days, hundreds came in at 5 a.m. in anticipation of ice.

    10:07am MARTA buses still are not running. MARTA officials say they are evaluating situation and we expect another update from them within the hour.

    9:43am Earlier we posted a picture of abandoned cars on I-20 at Flat Shoals, now Channel 2's Richard Elliot is there and filed this video report.


    9:33am Channel 2's Justin Farmer is about to jump in the anchor chair. This is video of his commute down Peachtree Rd. in Buckhead. Not your typical Monday commute.


    9:21am Here's the document sent to Channel 2 Action News from the DOT listing highway closings and icy patches. PDF: Official DOT List of Road Closings

    9:12am Channel 2's Diana Davis filed this video report from Blairsville:


    9:04am Couple and child taken to Grady hospital as firefighters battle a fire on Weyman Avenue in southwest Atlanta. Channel 2's Linda Stouffer filed this video report:


    8:46am AirTran Airways cancels all flights into and out of Hartsfield-Jackson International. Spokesman says the decision was made for the safety of passengers and crew. AirTran canceled 270 flights yesterday, and now 330 today.

    8:38am Simon has announced they are closing their metro Atlanta malls including: Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, Mall of Georgia, Gwinnett Place, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb.

    8:02am Channel 2 photographer Oscar Carillo is riding along with his neighbor, Seth Siders. Siders has experience recovering stranded cars. They are driving from Dacula into Buford.


    8:02am Channel 2's Mark Winne reports with attached video:

    8:02am Channel 2's Mark Winne reports with attached video: The surface on the connector southbound varies widely from a dirty, snowy slushy mix in the midtown vicinity to a slick patina of packed snow and what looks like ice near Turner Field. There is a long boulevard of deep, chunky snow between ruts as Channel 2 Action News photographer Luis Argumedes steers us through downtown. One snow boulder was knee-high.

    As we near Langford Parkway, we're passing a GDOT scraper, but the blade appears to have little effect on the packed white surface. There are a fair number of cars on the right shoulder all along. Visibility in the gray light of an overcast morning is poor, as far as differentiating between changes in the surface.

    Luis, from Brooklyn, is experienced in such conditions, knowing that our fulltime all-wheel drive can improved traction, but does little or nothing for stopping. Judging from several of the vehicles I saw coming in this morning, I'm not sure everyone realizes this.


    7:58am Mark Arum just showed DOT camera completely iced over on Ga. 400.

    7:56am Channel 2's Diana Davis is in Blairsville this morning. She just sent in some pictures showing very snow covered roads

    7:49am Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh filed this iPhone report from DeKalb County. She's in Lithonia where crews from out of state are ready to roll out.


    7:38am Channel 2 Action News has reporters across the metro area and north Georgia, but what we haven't shown you is the snow outside our front door. Picture courtesy our news director Marian Pittman. Marian Pittman, WSB-TV WSB Snow IM

    7:28am Channel 2 Gwinnett Bureau Chief Manuel Bojorquez shot this sleet video while driving on Indian Trail in Norcross.


    7:17am MARTA says it will not start bus service at 7 a.m. They are delaying until sunrise, and possibly after.

    6:34am Good Morning America's Sam Champion appeared on Channel 2 Action News. Sam is live at Centennial Olympic Park this morning where the country will see Atlanta's snow and ice... Atlanta will see continuing coverage of Channel 2 Action News.

    6:34am DOT camera shows abandoned cars on I-20 near Flat Shoals. Georgia DOT DOT Cam Abandoned Cars IM

    6:34am DOT camera shows abandoned cars on I-20 near Flat Shoals. Georgia DOT DOT Cam Abandoned Cars IM

    6:12am DOT releases a new longer list of roads that are closed, or very dangerous because of ice. You can find that list by clicking here.

    5:33am Troup County officials say there are dense spots of ice that are undetectable to drivers on most secondary roads through the county. Lines are barely visible on the roads according to James Emery. Sheriff Donny Turner urging everyone to stay off the roads.

    5:29am Channel 2 photographer Leonard Raglin send in this iPhone video of snow on Beaver Ruin Road in Gwinnett County.


    5:16am 600 North Georgia EMC customers without power in Gordon, Whitfield, Walker and Chattooga Counties due to snow on tree limbs. Tree cutting crews are assisting power crews. EMC says phone lines could be busy because of a heavy call volume.

    4:28am DOT reports all lanes of I-75NB blocked at Emerson-Allatoona Rd.(exit 283) in Bartow Co. because of two jacknifed big rigs and icy conditions.

    4:17am Meteorologist David Chandley says snowfall continues for areas north of I-20 with an additional 1 to 3 inches likely. A huge concern is the changeover to sleet and freezing rain for the south metro area. He does not expect temperatures to climb above freezing until Noon on Tuesday.

    4:11am DOT reopens all lanes of I-85 in Coweta County, road remains very treacherous.

    3:45am Atlanta police send out form for drivers to fill out their own accident report. Police now only responding to accidents involving injuries or trapped passengers. Look for the form on wsbtv.com

    3:30am Channel 2's Tom Regan filed this iPhone report from Alpharetta


    3:19am DOT releases list of two dozen road closures. Complete list on wsbtv.com

    12:11am All lanes of Interstate 85 southbound closed 1 mile north of Exit 47 (SR 34) to Exit 35 (SR 14 / US 29)

    Sunday January 9

    11:00pm Paulding County sheriff says all roads in the county are impassable, cars are stranded.

    10:30pm DOT reports widespread ice on I-85 from MP 35 to 44 and they are salting I-675 at I-75

    10:15pm DOT reports widespread ice on I-85 from MP 35 to 44 and they are salting I-675 at I-75

    10:10pm Channel 2's Mark Winne files this video from North DeKalb, says 2 inch accumulation in 90 minutes


    10:10pm Gwinnett County police reporting several minor accidents, encouraging drivers to stay home.

    10:00pm AJC reports all lanes blocked on Downtown Connector southbound between I-20 and Langford Parkway

    9:38pm DOT camera showing nothing but brake lights on the southbound lanes of Downtown connector near Pryor Street.

    9:38pm DOT camera showing car spun out on I-85 just north of Brookwood Interchange.Driver abandons car and starts walking down snowy interstate.

    9:30pm Gwinnet County schools are closed, the last major school district to close.

    9:30pm Meteorologist Brad Nitz reports more than 2 inches of snow recorded at Centennial Olympic Park

    9:25pm Douglas County officials report very slick roads, especially bridges and overpasses. Minor accidents reported

    9:15pm First reports of snow in Cobb, Kennesaw, Johns Creek

    9:05pm Georgia DOT issues hazardous road advisory, public urged to refrain from driving until Tuesday

    9:05pm National Guard reports its preparing equipment, awaiting orders from Governor Perdue if needed.

    9:00pm Atlanta Public schools and Clayton County schools are closed on Monday

    9:00pm Info from Georgia Power: 1,800 crews from 10 states joining 2,500 Georgia Power workers. You can call 1-888-891-0938 to report an outage to them.

    8:45pm Info from Georgia Power: 1,800 crews from 10 states joining 2,500 Georgia Power workers. You can call 1-888-891-0938 to report an outage to them.

    8:45pm Snow starts to hit Midtown and Buckhead, heavy snow reported in Virginia-Highland area

    8:35pm Glenn Burns update: "Wintry mix between Atlanta and Griffin, icy conditions in Coweta. Temps falling."

    8:35pm DeKalb and Cherokee county schools are closed Monday.

    8:30pm First reports as far east as Conyers, Rockdale County, and Social Circle

    8:15pm Meteorologist Brad Nitz reports temperature has fallen from 34 to 28 in minutes.

    8:01pm Channel 2's Ryan Young files iPhone report


    8:00pm Fulton and Douglas counties close school Monday.

    7:45pm Snow and sleet reported in western metro counties.

    7:40pm Channel 2's Ryan Young reports multiple crashes on I-85 in Coweta.

    7:30pm Multiple reports of sleet in Riverdale. Cobb County schools are closed.

    7:15pm 215 closings posted, Coweta is latest district

    7:15pm Fulton County EMA activates Level 3 operations. Fulton County's level 3 declaration means "A catastrophic event beyond the capabilities of the local government."

    7:00pm First reports of snow in south metro. MARTA closes ramps from Interstates to Indian Creek and North Springs station.

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