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Metro Atlanta braces for 'unprecedented' ice storm

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Updated: 2/11 11:44 am
ATLANTA, Ga. (WSB) -- It looks like much of metro Atlanta is heeding advice to stay home and off the roads amid a potentially catastrophic winter storm warning that was issued Tuesday for much of metro Atlanta.

Northeast Georgia counties could reach 9 inches of snow. Although less than an inch of snow and sleet is predicted for Tuesday, an additional 2 to 4 inches of snow is possible Tuesday night through Wednesday night in addition to a quarter- to a half-inch of ice accumulation.

In this video, Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist David Chandley explains why the impending snow storm could be unprecedented in ice accumulation.

As expected, overnight rain that began around midnight began mixing with or changing over to sleet across the northern suburbs around daybreak Tuesday.

With many at home instead of work or schools, the biggest threat in the current storm could be power outages. Severe Weather Team 2 said outages are likely to be widespread as ice builds on trees and power lines. The ice threat is expected to begin in Georgia overnight.

Several school districts, including Atlanta, Fulton, DeKalb and Forsyth counties, are closed Tuesday. Several businesses also shut its doors ahead of the winter storm.
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