Snow in metro Atlanta: Roads clear, for now

Snow falls Wednesday afternoon February 25, 2015 as drivers make their way on GA 400 in Cumming. BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM

Snow falls Wednesday afternoon February 25, 2015 as drivers make their way on GA 400 in Cumming. BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM

As of about 5 p.m. Wednesday, all the metro Atlanta interstates and state routes remained clear of ice or snow accumulation as temperatures hovered just above freezing.

Many people had already begun making their way home from work early to beat the expected winter freeze. Rather than experiencing the usual weekday afternoon traffic jam, drivers on I-285 reported they were sailing along smoothly as if it were a Sunday morning.

Sleet was falling, but quickly melting on metro area roads, according to officials at the Georgia Department of Transportation Traffic Management Center.

However, in the northwest part of the state near Cartersville and Rome, some areas were starting to see snow accumulate on streets. GDOT staffers are closely monitoring changing road conditions. Falling temperatures later this afternoon and overnight tonight have the potential to cause dangerous conditions for drivers.

Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for disaster preparedness starting at 2 p.m. Forecasters warn that the system could bring accumulations from around 2 inches in metro Atlanta to upwards of 6 inches in the mountain counties. Read more of our weather coverage and updates here.


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