Winter weather forecasts have improved ahead of expected snowfall on Tuesday in Atlanta and northern Georgia, according to the National Weather Service.
An Arctic cold front is expected to move overnight, increasing the likelihood of winter precipitation to 4 inches of snow in the highest elevations, forcing several school and business closures.
The NWS has issued a winter storm warning for 16 northwestern and mountain districts scheduled to take effect on Tuesday at 3:00 am. In these areas, an accumulation of 1 to 3 inches could occur.
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Portions of northern and central Georgia – including Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Gwinnett and Fulton Counties – are advised from 3 to 19 o'clock in the winter weather advice Tuesday, according to NWS.
"Overall, snow collections of up to one and a half inches are expected, mainly along and north of the route from Carrollton to Marietta to Canton," the weather service said in an advisory. "Lower amounts of snow are likely along the I-85 Corridor."
Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton said Tuesday will be "brutal with the temperatures and the wind".
In the subway Atlanta, there could be up to two traces of snow in the northern districts was an accumulation of centimeters, said Minton. Areas south and east of Atlanta "may look like a light rain or a small mix in the past, but that's about all."
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The brutal effects are expected on Tuesday between 6 and 9 o'clock. Rainfall is expected to hit northwest Georgia at 6 or 7 in the morning, channel meteorologist Brad Nitz said. At 9am, the heart of Metro Atlanta is expected to turn a wintry mix into snow. In the afternoon we will see "the return of the sunshine".
Nitz warned drivers that "there will be absolutely slippery roads on the roads," mainly in northwest Georgia and the northern metropolises.
began handling some of the roads and bridges on Sunday, and the Georgia lorry brine trucks will hit the streets on Monday night, the agency said.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the city is paying special attention to sidewalks in busy areas, including the Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia World Congress Center, where Super Bowl events are held. Zoo Atlanta is closed on Tuesday.
To help combat cold weather, the city of Atlanta will open an emergency thermal center in Old Adamsville Leisure center in 3404 Delmar Lane from 6pm Monday to Thursday morning.
Delta Air Lines warns that the winter weather could disrupt flights at its hub in Atlanta, the airline's biggest Tuesday and Wednesday. Delta allows travelers with flights booked to or from Atlanta on or about January 29th or 30th to change their travel plans without changing a change fee
Bottoms said Monday that no other decisions regarding the airport were made.