Some snow and ice melted Wednesday afternoon. However, as temperatures fall, black ice will re-develop again overnight.
Black ice is especially dangerous, because unlike snow (which you can see), black ice is transparent and difficult to see.
Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing Thursday afternoon.
Civil emergency alert
The National Weather Service has issued a civil emergency message at the request of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.
The civil emergency is for Fulton, DeKalb, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Douglas, Rockdale, Fayette and Henry counties until noon Thursday.
You are asked to limit travel to emergencies only for your safety.
Civil emergencies are rare
Only two civil emergencies have been issued since 2003, and neither were for weather. One was for a chemical spill and the other was for a boil-water notice.
Mayor Kasim Reed early Wednesday morning urged motorists to stay home to allow the city to adequately treat priority roads and bridges to make them safe for travel.
Public works crews, along with private contractors, worked overnight to salt and sand major arterials, including state-controlled roads such as Peachtree Road and Piedmont Avenue, to minimize the impact and hazards of snow and ice.
Reed said the City of Atlanta began preparing for the inclement weather at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. The City's Department of Public Works crews have been working 12-hour shifts to pre-treat priority roads and bridges with 30 spreaders and 40 snow plows.
The mayor said all of the city's preparations worked as intended; so far no lives have been lost and no major accidents on any city roads or bridges have occurred. Throughout, the day, there has been clear access to and from the city's hospitals, fire stations and police precincts.
"We urge the public to stay home as much as possible today to allow our crews to make our roads safe, passable and fully open for business as soon as possible," said Reed. "Without a doubt, our first priority is ensuring the safety of all residents."
The Atlanta Police Department is working closely with the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Department of Transportation to assist stranded motorists throughout the day.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said the National Guard is sending military Humvees onto Atlanta's winter weather-snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to students on them.
Deal said the Georgia State Patrol is also sending troopers to schools where children remain stranded.
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Atlanta has picked up 2 inches of snow, which is a record for Tuesday. The previous record was from 2005.
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What caused the snow?
A winter storm in the southeast is rare, but the ingredients came together to create a lot of snow Tuesday.
Cold air moved into Georgia on Monday. After the cold air moved in, moisture started streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico. Once the moisture moved in, it combined with the sub-freezing temperatures to produce snow in Atlanta and a mix of rain, sleet and snow in central Georgia.
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