Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday declared a state of emergency after a dusting of snow wreaked havoc on Metro Atlanta and North Georgia, paralyzing the region.
“Many parts of our state have experienced heavy sleet and snowfall, and in the metro areas we’re experiencing traffic jams caused primarily by heavy volume after the quick onset of the winter storm,” Deal said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, traffic is delaying the ability of crews to treat highways all across the state,” Deal added. “I know many people are trying desperately to pick up their children or simply to get home, and I hope they can get to safe, warm stopping point soon. Once at your destination, if at all possible, please stay off the roads until conditions improve. State DOT crews will work around the clock to get roads clear; in addition, the National Guard, the Department of Public Safety and GEMA will work to get the state back to normal as quickly as possible.”