Snow in metro: Atlanta roadways largely clear; few problems due to storm

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Atlanta has enacted its joint operations center to monitor the storm. Atlanta Police Chief George Turner is among the city's leaders planning the city's response.

The city of Atlanta may have dodged the worst of a wintry blast.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the majority of city roadways are clear and Atlanta’s emergency crews have encountered few issues, said Anne Torres, spokeswoman for Mayor Kasim Reed.

Anticipating between two to six inches of snowfall in the area, Reed called for parents to retrieve their children between noon and 2 p.m. Wednesday, and for businesses to let workers out by early afternoon.

Atlanta government coordinated with state officials to devise a staggered exit strategy in hopes of preventing a repeat of last year’s epic SnowJam, when thousands of motorists were left stranded on roadways in the midst of an icy blast.

Torres said this time around, the public has largely stayed off the roads, making it easier for road crews to access the streets.

Crews were perhaps most aided by Mother Nature, however, as the ice and snow mix that fell around noon in downtown Atlanta quickly turned to rain.

Reed, who addressed reporters on Wednesday morning, isn’t expected to hold another media briefing today, she said.

Atlanta City Hall is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s news partner, Channel 2 Action News, maintains a list of cancellations, closings and delays. Check the list for updates.

Read more of The AJC’s weather coverage and updates here.

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