Winter Weather Roundup
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Georgia road conditions expected to stay treacherous

ATLANTA (AP) — State and local officials are urging Georgians to avoid driving as a new layer of sleet and snow freeze throughout a large swath of the state.

Georgia Department of Transportation officials said they were expecting road conditions to remain treacherous overnight and into Thursday morning as sleet and freezing rain was expected to continue.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service said they were expecting falling pieces of melting ice to pose threats to drivers and pedestrians near overpasses and tall structures on Thursday.

Forecasters were also anticipating wet roads to refreeze Thursday night, which could lead to patches of black ice.



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Sun, warmer air in store for Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — National Weather Service forecasters are projecting that snow will end across most of Georgia by late morning, with high temperatures that could melt some of the snow and ice that's fallen.

Forecasters are calling for high temperatures of around 45 degrees in metro Atlanta on Thursday.

However, they say that any water remaining on roads Thursday night will refreeze as temperatures fall below 32 degrees. That will create black ice during the overnight hours and into Friday morning.

Winds will still be strong, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

The weather service says that as winds increase during the morning, more tree limbs and power lines could come down, causing more power outages.



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Atlanta train service staying on weekend schedule

ATLANTA (AP) — Train service in Atlanta was running on a weekend schedule Thursday while the region grapples with freezing rain and frigid temperatures.

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority spokesman Lyle Harris said in a release that trains were expected to begin service before dawn and run until around 2 a.m. Friday.

Harris says passengers should expect waits of between 20 and 30 minutes and customers should dress warmly.

The agency suspended bus service and officials say they're working with state and local agencies to determine when roads, highways and bridges will be passable.

Customers are asked to check the agency's website for up to date information.

Online: www.itsmarta.com 

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Hundreds more flights cancelled at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) — Airlines have cancelled hundreds more flights at Atlanta's airport -- the world's busiest -- as the remnants of a snow and ice storm move across the area.

A total of about 775 flights Thursday into and out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport have been cancelled, according to the flight tracking service FlightAware. That represents about 30 percent of the total flights for the day at Atlanta's airport, which is the major hub for Delta Air Lines.

On Wednesday, more than two-thirds of all scheduled flights to and from Atlanta's airport were canceled.

Nationwide, airlines cancelled more than 3,700 flights for Thursday, more than the number cancelled Wednesday, and that number was expected to rise as freezing precipitation moved over major airports in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.; and New York.



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Amtrak changes train schedules because of storm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak is canceling some of its trains and modifying the schedules for others because of the winter storm that's battering the Northeast and the South.

Acela Express trains between Washington and Boston, Northeast Regional trains between Boston and Norfolk, Va., Keystone Service between New York and Harrisburg, Pa., and Empire Service between New York and Albany, N.Y., are operating at reduced frequency or modified schedules Thursday.

Amtrak has canceled Auto Train, Crescent, Carolinian, Palmetto and Piedmont trains. The Silver Meteor is canceled from New York to Miami and the Silver Star will operate south from Jacksonville, Fla.

Amtrak says it is contacting customers and changing reservations.



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Thousands remain without power, but warmth on way

ATLANTA (AP) — As crews worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of Georgians, forecasters hoped warmer temperatures combined with a few rays of sunshine would improve ice-coated roads across the state.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Davis said the storm lived up to predictions it would be "catastrophic" and historic.

Davis said the number of customer who lost power and the amount of ice, sleet and snow that fell make it comparable in scope to some of the worst storms to have hit metro Atlanta, including an ice storm in 2000 that left 400,000 people without power.

Davis said that as of Thursday morning, "it definitely stacks up as a top three winter weather event for Georgia."

Georgia utility companies report that about 356,000 customers in the state were without power Thursday morning.



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