Weather update: DeKalb County Schools closedAtlanta City Hall. Photo by Bbenrath, obtained via Wikimedia Commons
This story has been updated.
With cold rainy weather expected to continue overnight, some government offices are delaying the start of business for Tuesday, Feb. 17.
DeKalb County Schools has also closed for the day. The school district has cancelled all after school activities. City Schools of Decatur and Atlanta Public Schools are on winter break Tuesday. Emory University and Agnes Scott College have also delayed opening until 11 am.
State government offices in Atlanta will not open until 10 am.
In addition, the state government is taking extra steps to make sure the roads don’t become skating rinks due to freezing rain.
“During the overnight hours, 18 (Georgia Department of Transportation) Interstate Response Teams, 15 multi-agency Strike Teams and 10 brine trucks will begin further treatment of interstate highways in metro Atlanta and North Georgia in anticipation of widespread black ice following rain and falling temperatures,” a bulletin from GDOT says. “The National Weather Service predicts that rain will end around 1 am Tuesday; and temperatures are expected to hover around or drop below freezing in the early morning, around 4 am.”
The city of Atlanta has delayed opening until 10 am. Municipal Court will also be delayed until 10 am.
“All non-essential employees should report at 10 am,” a press release from the city says. “If you have a question about whether or not you are an essential employee, please contact your manager.”
Trash collection in Atlanta has also been delayed by one day. According to an email from City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong, the revised trash schedule is as follows:
· Monday collections will occur Tuesday
· Tuesday collections will occur Wednesday
· Wednesday collections will occur Thursday
· Thursday collections will occur Friday
There’ve been no reports about delays in Avondale Estates or Decatur.
The National Weather Service says tomorrow will be partly sunny and very windy, “With a high near 42. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.”