5 years after ‘snow jam,’ storm takes aim at Super Bowl city

By JEFF MARTINJanuary 28, 2019

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FILE-On this Jan. 29, 2014 aerial file photo, abandoned autos at I-75 headed northbound come the Chattahoochee River overpass are piled up within the median of the ice-covered interstate after a frigid weather snow storm, in Atlanta. A frigid weather storm watch goes into function at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, for Atlanta, a metropolis known for its skill to grind to a stop even in rather gentle snowfalls. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Five years after autos, trucks and college buses turned marooned on Atlanta freeways in what turned is known as “snow jam,” one more frigid weather storm is bearing down on the metropolis — gentle as thousands of followers open up pouring into metropolis for Huge Bowl 53.

A frigid weather storm watch goes into function at 4 a.m. Tuesday for Atlanta, a metropolis known for grinding to a stop even in rather gentle snowfalls.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday acknowledged declare offices in further than 30 counties within the northern part of the declare might possibly well well be closed Tuesday, along with these within the Atlanta declare.

The National Climate Service tasks that up to an meander (2.5 centimeters) of snow is feasible Tuesday in Atlanta, with up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) in a ways northern suburbs. Forecasters warn of the probability of ice-glazed roads and highways.

Sunday’s Huge Bowl can be performed in downtown Atlanta in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which has a roof. The roof can be originate if weather permits, officers have acknowledged.

There’s a 40 p.c likelihood of showers Sunday, but highs can be come 58 levels (14 Celsius). That’s a limited bit warmer than moderate for Feb. 3 in Atlanta, native weather records expose.

But forecasters state the more immediate threat is Tuesday, when roads might possibly well well be treacherous. And forecasters were unsure how frequent the blizzard can be.

“Some uncertainty continues concerning amounts of snow accumulations and the plan in which a ways south and east the threat can even fair lengthen,” the weather carrier acknowledged in a Monday change on the impending storm.

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