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ATLANTA — Winter weather moved into north Georgia with snow, sleet and some freezing rain. Most of the snow early Sunday fell in northeast Georgia and around Hall County. Snow started coming down in the city of Atlanta and the metro area late Sunday morning.

The highest snow and ice totals and the greatest travel and power outage potential were in northeast Georgia in areas under a Winter Storm Warning. A Winter Weather Advisory for the Atlanta area along and north of Interstate 20 was also in effect.

The weather progressed into frigid winds Sunday night leading into early Monday morning. 

11Alive is tracking the latest weather developments and will update this story. Refresh often for the latest information. You can also watch live coverage of the winter storm on 11Alive's Roku and Fire TV apps.

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10:44 p.m. | Georgia Power has restored power to over 146,000 customers since Sunday, the utility company said Monday night. Roughly 3,000 customers are still without power.

7 p.m. Habersham County EMC said crews will continue to work overnight to restore power. It's still estimating power to be fully restored by late Tuesday, Jan. 18. However, depending on strong winds and accessibility issues that estimation could change. "We will continue working until every member is restored," Habersham County EMC said. 

4:30 p.m. Georgia DNR spent Monday opening up roads so that utility companies can continue to restore power in northeast Georgia. 

While many parts of the state thawed out today, DNR personnel in North East Georgia have spend the day working to open up roads so that utility companies can continue to restore power in the area.

Posted by Law Enforcement Division - Georgia DNR on Monday, January 17, 2022

4:15 p.m. Habersham County EMC said conditions continue to be hazardous in the county with many areas having accessibility issues. The strong winds have caused several downed trees and broken utility poles. With help from crews, Habersham County EMC estimates power to be fully restored by late Tuesday, Jan. 18. 

3:25 p.m.  Georgia EMC said crews have restored service to 7,400 customers since Monday morning. It's still working to restore power to additional customers at this time. 

1:35 p.m. | Amicalola EMC said they are still working to restore power. "The current outage count has gone down to 1574 members at 58 separate locations," they said in a statement. "Pickens County still has 1205 without power, primarily in the Price Creek, Grandview and Bent Tree areas. Gilmer has 271 and Murray and Gordon have scattered outages."

They expect to make more progress today. 

11:50 p.m. | Cleanup crews are on the scene of a tree down on James Jackson Parkway. The tree is blocking one of the four lanes.

10 a.m. | Gwinnett Police said Old Peachtree Road was closed at Interstate 85 for a short time due to "multiple accidents" on the "ice covered bridge." They urge drivers to stay off the roads.

8:55 a.m. | So many 11Alive viewers sent photos of the snow from Sunday! We've collected dozens and created a gallery. Here they are!

8:30 a.m. | 11Alive has learned that crews rescued a man trapped inside of his garage after a tree fell at the Buckhead home. Click here to find out what we know. 

5 a.m. | Georgia’s EMCs are reporting approximately 14,000 customers without power, down from 19,500 last night. New outages occurred overnight due to high winds in some areas, they said. Since yesterday, EMCs have restored service to more than 50,000 customers.

2:31 a.m. | Georgia Power has listed 12,212 customers as still being affected by power outages following Sunday's wintry weather and scattered snowfall. Banks, Fulton, Habersham, Hall and Rabun counties hold the most affected customers with each hosting an average 1,897 affected residents per county.

1:27 a.m. | The Dunwoody Police Department took to social media to say that they have not discovered any signs of icy roads within the city, yet. However, the department notes that things can change quickly.

12:35 a.m. | Many of the warnings and advisories across north Georgia have expired and been cancelled. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Habersham and Rabun counties until 8 a.m. Monday.

Sunday, Jan. 17

11:28 p.m. | The Canton Police Department saidthat black ice was spotted on I-575 northbound near exit 16. Likewise, the Pickens County Sheriff's Office said that snow and ice accumulation was spotted on roadways along the east side of the county.

10:30 p.m. | Habersham EMC said that 9,567 customers are still without power.

9:58 p.m. | Trees continue to take out power lines, creating power outages across the metro. The Gwinnett County Fire Department said that there have been over a total 20 incidents of trees falling on power lines within the county on Sunday alone.

9:30 p.m. | Officials with the City of Lawrenceville said that power has been fully restored following wintry weather. 

8:15 p.m. |  Georgia Power Outages remain in these areas according to the agency:

  • Hall County: 2,465 
  • Banks County: 2,153 
  • Rabun County: 3,088 
  • Habersham County: 1,308
  • Gwinnett County: 799 
  • DeKalb County: 855

8 p.m. | Jackson EMC said nearly all members now have power. The remaining 26 outages, which impact 81 members, are currently being addressed. The agency said crews have restored power to 15,000 members during the winter storm today. Right now, remaining outages are primarily in Lumpkin County, where 34 members are impacted. There are also outages affecting members in Hall (20), Jackson (14), Gwinnett (6), Banks (5) and Barrow (2) counties.

7:38 p.m. | The City of East Point has opened a warming center at the Jefferson Park Recreation Center located at 1431 Norman Berry Drive for those residents in need. It will be open for 24 hours and can accommodate up to 80 people. Masks are required, and will be provided if needed along with hand sanitizer. Those who need of transportation to the Warming Center can call the Non-Emergency Police number at 404-761-2177. The city said an officer will transport people to the recreation center.

7:23 p.m. | East Point officials said power has been restored on Ben Hill Road.

7:12 p.m. | Fulton County Schools have delayed all activities until 10 a.m. Monday morning following severe weather across the metro. 

7 p.m. | 11Alive Storm Trackers said a Wind Advisory will be in effect for parts of north Georgia with sustained winds at 10 to 20 mph and gusts up to 40 mph in the mountains of far north Georgia until 7 p.m. Monday night.

6:23 p.m. | Georgia Power revealed in a press release that power has been restored to over 110,000 residents impacted by the winter storm since 10 p.m. Saturday night. As of 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the utility company said 24,000 residents remained without power statewide. A majority of power outage reports are in northeast Georgia.

5 p.m. | The Georgia Department of Transportation is reminding Georgians who must travel on the roads tonight to beware of black ice. Ice on the roadway may be creating dangerous conditions for motorists.

4:40 p.m. | Georgia's EMC's say while there are still more than 19,000 customers without power, they have restored power to thousands throughout the day saying "additional outages have occurred as high winds and winter weather conditions continue throughout today and tonight."

4:36 p.m. | Gov. Brian Kemp is urging Georgians to stay off the roads as the winter storm continues. Snowfall has caused icy roadways, downed trees and other hazardous conditions. The Georgia Department of Transportation said drivers should avoid all non-essential travel.  

4:21 p.m. | Dunwoody homeowner said he was in the bed when a tree fell onto his house. 11Alive's Andy Pierrotti spoke to him and shared these photos.

3:20 p.m. |  Roughly 5,700 customers out of power in Hall County, according to the Hall County Emergency Management Agency. 

3:00 p.m. |  Jackson Emergency Management has restored power to around 12,000 members. However, the agency said outages could continue throughout the day. As of 3 p.m., a total of 125 outages have been reported, which are affecting 1,798 members in the following counties:  

  • Hall 735 
  • Barrow 362 
  • Banks 302 
  • Jackson 139 
  • Lumpkin 93 
  • Madison 105 
  • Gwinnett 52 
  • White 7 
  • Clarke 3 

1:30 p.m. | With temperatures expected to drop below 35 degrees, Gwinnett County officials will open five warming stations from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. tonight and tomorrow. For more details, go to https://t.co/XHsqcQJkkD/ or call 770.822.8850. 

12:15 p.m. | Memorial Drive from W. Mountain Street to Highway 78 is closed in both directions due to downed power lines.

12 p.m. | The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which operates Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, has opened 10 group shelters at 10 Georgia State Park locations as warming stations for those without power due to the impacts of the winter storm. For information, click here.

11:20 a.m. |  Jackson EMC linemen are working to restore power outages caused by a mixture of freezing precipitation and high winds. In the first few hours of the storm, Jackson EMC has restored roughly 6,000 outages. Georgia Power, meanwhile, said they had 61,000 customers without power at 10 a.m.

10:45 a.m. | Here's a look at the latest radar as the precipitation begins to transform to mainly snow. 

10:30 a.m. | Multiple trees are down along Highway 356 toward Unicoi State Park.

10:20 a.m. | A wreck is blocking all lanes on Interstate 20 westbound just before Candler Road.

10:15 a.m. | We are loving the snow photos you are sharing with us on the 11Alive StormTrackers Facebook page. Keep them coming!

9:50 a.m. | We are starting to see a bit of a wintry mix in the city of Atlanta!

9:40 a.m. | The City of East Point shared this image of a large tree that fell across the roadway onto some powerlines. 

Credit: City of East Point
A tree fell on power lines off Ben Hill Road in East Point.

9:30 a.m. | The National Weather Service in Peachtree City added some additional counties south of Atlanta to the winter weather advisory. Here's the most up-to-date map.

Credit: WXIA

9:15 a.m. | The Jefferson Park Recreation Center is now open as a warming center for East Point residents in need, city officials said. It will be open for 24 hours

8:42 a.m. | Phone lines are down at the Banks County Sheriff's Office. They said 911 dispatch is still working and if you have an emergency you should call 9-1-1.

8:35 a.m. | Hall County EMA says the winter precipitation started falling around 2 a.m. with the heavier snowfall coming in around 3 a.m. Average of 2” with the highest amounts in Gainesville and north.

8:30 a.m. | Cobb County officials say roads in the area are hazardous and they are urging you to stay home. They said they are seeing power outages, trees down and traffic signals out.

8 a.m. | Widespread power outages are being reported with nearly 100,000 residents in the dark. With winds continuing to gust close to 40 miles per hour, we could see more power outages.

FULL STORY: Thousands without power across north Georgia as snow, winds move in

7:30 a.m. | Crews are starting to clear roads along I-985 in Hall County.

7:05 a.m. | Tree down near the VA Hospital at Emory on Clairmont Road between North Decatur Road and North Druid Hills. 

7 a.m. | Georgia’s electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) are reporting approximately 30,000 customers without power as a result of high winds plus snow and sleet blanketing many parts of north central and northeast Georgia.

6:55 a.m. | In Cherokee County, Reinhardt College Parkway just east of Darby Road is shut down due to a fallen tree that took down some powerlines across the road. 

6:45 a.m. | Fairburn Police said a tree and wires are down at Bay Street and South Avenue that has resulted in power outages. The road is blocked and authorities are asking you to avoid the area.

6:30 a.m. | Banks County officials say they are seeing icy road conditions and said the roads across the county are dangerous.

6:15 a.m. | EMCs across Georgia are reporting around 5,000 customers without power. This is in addition to the several thousand that Georgia Power reported earlier.

6 a.m. | 11Alive StormTrackers are bringing you live continuous coverage throughout the day. You can watch on all our platforms!

5:30 a.m. | Large tree down on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road in DeKalb County. We are seeing heavy wind gusts in the metro area. 

4:40 a.m. | Georgia Power is reporting around 5,700 customers in metro Atlanta without power and 1,600 customers in the dark in Hall County. 

4:30 a.m. | Road conditions are starting to deteriorate in north Georgia. A GDOT image on Interstate 985 shows snow covered roadways. 11Alive TrafficTracker Crash Clarks says "conditions are only going to get worse throughout the day." Be careful!

3:30 a.m. | A large tree is blocking Chamblee Dunwoody Road at Nerine Circle in Dunwoody, according to police. 

2:45 a.m. | Cobb DOT said its brine trucks will be out pretreating bridges, overpasses and trouble spots until shift-change at 6 a.m. Starting then, crews will man spreader trucks to start treating roads that became slippery overnight.

2:30 p.m. | The Habersham County Sheriff's Office is warning people to stay off the roads reporting "heavy snow falling all over the county," according to a Facebook post. 

"The roads are still passable but worse by a minute. Snow is beginning to accumulate on the road surfaces and sides of the road," the sheriff wrote.

FROM PATROL: Currently heavy snow falling all over the county. The roads are still passable but getting worse by a...

Posted by Habersham Co. Sheriff Joey Terrell on Saturday, January 15, 2022

2:15 a.m. | Snow is blowing through north Georgia counties and creating a light layer that will stick around for a few more hours. Areas near the state border are seeing a layer of frost with up to four inches of snow possible.

1:45 a.m. | Around 2,000 GDOT crew members are working 12-hour shifts putting down brine to prevent ice and snow from creating dangerous driving conditions.

The agency brought workers up all the way from southeast Georgia for more manpower. On Saturday, crews wrapped up their second brine route and said they would pour more solution on the roads after the wave of rain.

12:23 a.m. | The National Weather Service has extended it's High Wind Warning and Wind Advisory until 2 p.m. Sunday. 

Parts of northwest and central Georgia are now included in the Wind Advisory, with the NWS predicting sustained winds of 15 to 30 mph. This means gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects and can potentially bring down large tree limbs and cause power outages. 

Saturday, Jan. 15

11:30 p.m. | Gov. Kemp's emergency declaration goes into effect at midnight. Kemp signed it Friday evening, saying it will expire on Saturday, Jan. 22. at 11:59 p.m. The order will help free up resources if needed. 

"We're throwing all the resources that we have available to this right now and we will throughout the storm," Kemp said. on Friday.

11:15 p.m. | First signs of snow reported in north Georgia. The system has brought rain to the metro Atlanta area with the region expected to wake up to icy conditions on Sunday.

10:00 p.m. | A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Chattooga, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Rabun, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Habersham, Hall, Gwinnett, Barrow, Forsyth, Jackson, Madison and Banks counties.

A Winter Weather Advisory spreads across the rest of the north Georgia area along and north of I-20. This includes Atlanta and several surrounding metro counties.

RELATED: Timeline | Here's when to expect snow, wintry mix in metro Atlanta and North Georgia

8:30 p.m. | Zoo Atlanta announced it will be closed on Sunday in anticipation of inclement winter weather. 

The zoo will be closed for daytime general admission, as well as for the final night of IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival.

You can visit their website for updates on zoo operations.


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