With clearing skies overnight Saturday, Metro temperatures dived into the low 20s bringing with it wind chills in the 20s.
While most freeways are in good shape, slick spots and areas of black ice have shown up in spots, causing hazardous driving conditions.
Freezing conditions have turned some areas into sheets of ice making driving conditions very dangerous on secondary roads in many areas.
The Georgia Department of Transportation and area law enforcement agencies are advising motorists to exercise extreme caution on area roadways before temperatures rise above freezing, and the ice has an opportunity to melt.
As of 9 am, particularly hazardous areas include:
- Peachtree Industrial Blvd at Winters Chapel Road in Gwinnett County
- Buford Highway at Georgia 120 in Duluth
- Ramp from I-20 westbound to I-75/85 northbound in downtown Atlanta
- Tara Boulevard at Flint River Road in Clayton County
In addition, many ramps on and off of area interstates have sections of black ice that are causing minor accidents.
Some north Georgia communities were still digging themselves out of the snow that fell Friday and Saturday as well as removing fallen trees and power lines from some areas. Georgia Power and Georgia EMCs reported Sunday morning that the number of customers in the dark had fallen significantly from the high numbers reported early Saturday.
Meanwhile, 11Alive Chief Meteorologist Chris Holcomb apologized after our Stormtrackers were unsuccessful in forecasting the magnitude of what has become known as Winter Storm Benji.