Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and state officials are urging Georgians to stay off the roads.
Cars are littered across Metro Atlanta roadways as motorists trying to get home became stuck. Some viewers reported taking 10 hours to get home when it would normally take 30 minutes.
GDOT advises the public to refrain from all but absolutely necessary travel until midday Wednesday at the earliest. If motorists must travel, please be extremely cautious. Slow down considerably; allow extra distance between yourself and other vehicles, maintain a steady speed; avoid lane changing and sudden acceleration or braking; and never pass a Georgia DOT, contractor or local government truck treating the road. Also, avoid any driving after dark as black ice will form on streets, roads and highways and is virtually impossible to detect in the dark.
"This has been a trying night for thousands of Georgians," DOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale warned. "This storm and the bitter temperatures have caused untold hardships. We are hopeful to return roadways to some level of normalcy today but would encourage the public to remain home, preferably all day if possible. For your own safety, you should refrain from driving at all unless you are faced with a dire emergency."
Here are the latest reports of ice on roadways:
Numerous roads throughout the state have at times been temporarily unpassable, including Interstate Highway 75/85 (The Atlanta Downtown Connector) southbound at Fulton Street, Interstate Highway 20 westbound at the Connector, Interstate Highway 85 southbound in Gwinnett County at Hamilton Mill Road, numerous Interstate 75 entrance and exit ramps in Cobb County, north and southbound I-75 in Bartow County at State Route 20, Interstate Highway 575 northbound in Cherokee County at Cumming Highway, Interstate Highway 985 southbound in Hall County at State Route 129, Interstate 75 NB beginning in Monroe County at mile marker 181, Interstate 75 SB between mile markers 199 and 201 in Butts and Lamar Counties, SR 155 at SR 42 in Henry County;, Interstate Highway 20 westbound in Richmond County, State Route 16 at the Spalding/Coweta counties line; State Route 141 north and southbound in Gwinnett County, State Route 9 north and southbound in Forsyth County, State Route 164 east and westbound in Banks County, State Route 120 eastbound in Haralson County, State Route 61 in Carroll County, State Route 36 near Nelson Drive in Upson County, State Route 49 at State Route 42 in Peach County, State Route 156 east and west bound in Gordon County, portions of State Routes 14, 38 and 92 in Fulton County. Crews are working at all locations but black ice accumulations often result in a corridor having to be temporarily closed multiple times
The only roads officially closed for the duration at this time are the customary winter weather closings of State Route 180 Spur in Towns County and a portion of State Route 348 in White County.
If motorists must travel, please be patient and extremely cautious. Slow down considerably; allow extra distance between yourself and other vehicles, maintain a steady speed; avoid lane changing and sudden acceleration or braking; and never pass a Georgia DOT, contractor or local government truck treating the road. Also, avoid any driving after dark as black ice will form on streets, roads and highways and is virtually impossible to detect in the dark.
Officials have prioritized DOT's principal goals Wednesday morning:
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