The Georgia Department of Transportation warned at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday that there is "at least" one inch of ice on interstate highways throughout metro Atlanta, and travel is "extremely hazardous."
"At least one inch of ice on interstate roads and sustained temperatures below freezing have caused extremely hazardous driving conditions throughout the metro region," states the press release. "Tractor trailer trucks continue to have extreme difficulty moving through the icy conditions."
Currently, the hardest hit sections of roadway are on I-285 on the south side of Atlanta.
I-285 at the I-675 interchange is "completely closed," and there is major ice on the westbound lanes of I-285 from Flat Shoals to the ramp to I-75; the I-285/I-75 interchange; and I-285 eastbound from I-75 to I-85.
GDOT has called neighboring districts for assistance, and equipment and personnel are en route to help clear the ice.
"All available resources are working on the situation. However, GDOT work trucks are being hindered by the icy roads, existing traffic congestion and accident level," the press release states.
GDOT asks that motorists leave at least 10 car lengths of space between their cars and GDOT crews clearing the roads and reminds everyone to treat all intersections without operative traffic signals as four-way stops.
More information about metro Atlanta road conditions is available at www.511ga.org.
The temperature in Winder at 5:54 a.m. was 32 degrees, making travel this morning a risk. Barrow County Emergency Services is urging residents not to venture out.
"We again advise everyone to stay home...," said Lt. Scott Dakin, BCES public information officer, noting that schools and government offices are closed for a second day because of the hazardous driving conditions.