Atlanta is about to get hit with another catastrophic storm — but this time, the city will be more prepared.
Northern Georgia has already been hit with several inches of snow, and now Atlanta is bracing for ice, freezing rain, snow, and sleet.
An inch or more of ice is expected to accumulate throughout the southern U.S., according to CNN.
Atlanta was caught somewhat off-guard when a snow storm hit the city a few weeks ago. Schools remained opened the day of the storm, and thousands of students were forced to stay overnight. Traffic in the area was at a standstill, leaving people stranded overnight on the roads and in stores.
City officials were criticised for their handling of that storm, so they’ve come up with a plan to avoid a repeat traffic disaster. Atlanta public schools are closed Wednesday, some city facilities have been shut down, and non-essential city employees have the day off.
The city has also dispatched its salt spreaders and snow plows with crews focusing on highways and working 12-hour shifts through the storm.
Officials have also told residents to stay off the roads and stock up on groceries, which has led to store shelves being cleared out this week.
Check out some of the photos:
Not all grocery stores are low on food, though:
The ice has already started accumulating in Atlanta and the roads look pretty empty:
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