Sunny Forecast, Icy Roads
While interstates have been mostly cleared, still watch out for icy patches. Many smaller roads remain covered in ice.
(Updated Jan. 12, 4:33 p.m.)
Closings and cancellations:
- Cobb County schools are closed Wednesday and Thursday.
- Kennesaw State University classes and operations are canceled Wednesday and Thursday.
- Mount Paran Christian School is closed Wednesday.
- St. Catherine of Siena church offices are closed Wednesday. The church preschool and elementary and middle schools are also closed.
- Cobb Community Transit bus service is canceled Wednesday.
- The Cobb Board of Education's scheduled Wednesday work session has been delayed until Friday.
- Kennesaw Parks & Recreation programs are canceled Wednesday.
Don't let the sunshine fool you. While today's forecast is mostly sunny, there is an expected high of only 26 degrees with 20 mph wind gusts, still well below freezing. Tonight, lows are predicted to hover around 16 degrees.
Up to 6 inches of snow accumulated in parts of Cobb County from the "Snowpocalypse" that overtook Georgia.
According to the National Weather Service, winds on Tuesday and Tuesday night did help to dry some areas, but cloud cover, snow flurries, and low temperatures limited the melting of snow, sleet, and ice left behind from the winter storm.
Roads are not expected to be completely cleared until later in the week.
“I wouldn’t count on getting the roads dry until Thursday afternoon, maybe Friday,” said Matt Cena, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Peachtree City office. “It’s a situation where by tomorrow, they may have a lot of the interstates running better, but it’s going to be hard to get to them (from smaller roads)."
Cena described a perpetual cycle of ice melting when temperatures creep slightly above freezing during afternoon hours, only to become ice again overnight.
But, he said, the more motorists use roads and crews clear them, the less slush there will be to refreeze. “There will be a slow improvement through the week,” he said.
The few remaining spots of freezing rain and flurries should dissipate by either Wednesday or Thursday, Cena said.
By Friday, afternoon temperatures are predicted to climb into the low 40s, with clouds moving on to provide more sunlight, Cena said. Saturday temps could even climb into the low 50s, he added.
“Lows will still be below freezing,” he said, “but we should get things melted up during the day.”
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, all interstates in the metro Atlanta area are open and passable, although some icy conditions still persist.
Overnight weather conditions may have resulted in the re-icing of roadways, so motorists are cautioned to drive safely.
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