Snow and traffic gridlock on Georgia 400 southbound.
Snow and traffic gridlock on Georgia 400 southbound.

By Collin Kelley
INtown Editor

Weather forecasters totally mis-predicted the snow event happening in metro Atlanta. The snow arrived more quickly, in heavier amounts and further north than estimated.

Snow moved into the metro just after lunch and immediately caused gridlock on interstates and surface streets. School systems waited until snow was already falling to dismiss classes, and there are plenty of angry rants on Twitter and people calling into local news stations about Fulton County School System waiting until 1:45 p.m. to close. All the college campuses – Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Emory, Agnes Scott, Clark, Savannah College of Art & Design, Morehouse and Spelman – all closed early.

It took me nearly two-and-a-half hours to make it from Sandy Springs to the my home in the Old Fourth Ward via a combination of I-285, Georgia 400 and I-75/85 and the Downtown Connector. Traffic was often at a complete standstill and roads were icy. I lost traction on a number of occasions and wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make the steep incline of the Freedom Parkway exit southbound on the Connector. In Buckhead, WSB reported motorists unable to get out of parking garages because of the back-ups on surface streets.

Along with gridlocked roads and icy streets, a fire and mechanical failure at the Five Points MARTA station has caused delays as people mobbed the stations trying to get the train home. Verizon cellphone customers might also notice intermittent service as users jammed the airwaves trying to make calls. The Atlanta Journal-Constition is also reporting issues with AT&T service.

If you don’t have to get out on the roads – don’t! We’ll have an update on school closings for tomorrow soon.

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.