With the possibility of black ice forming after tonight’s rain and the temperature plunging to between 5 and 8 degrees (depending on which weather person you believe) overnight Monday and into Tuesday, the City of Atlanta said it is prepared for the inclement weather. Public works crews were schedule to report at midnight on Sunday to implement the city’s storm response plan, which includes pre-treatment of bridges and overpasses to prevent ice formation.

In a release to local media, the city said motorists should report icy road conditions to (404) 853-3200. To report downed trees or limbs, call the Department of Parks at (404) 546-6813 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours emergencies should be reported to 911.

Residents and motorists are encouraged to

• Plan ahead and allow extra time to reach destinations.
• Make sure you have the proper emergency equipment in your car and home such as extra batteries for cell phones and chains for vehicle tires.
• When driving in icy road conditions, the shortest route is not always the safest. Consider less hilly routes in route planning.
• Slow down! Remember the faster you are going the longer it takes to stop.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.