Snow telling – Winter weather ahead, but no current plans to close schools Tuesday
The National Weather Service predicts that it will snow Tuesday morning, Feb. 24.
So far, there have been no announcements from City Schools of Decatur, Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County Schools or DeKalb County Schools about weather-related closures.
Only one school system, Atlanta, had put out any kind of an advisory as of Monday evening.
“Atlanta Public Schools will continue to monitor the weather throughout the night,” the message on the Atlanta Public Schools Facebook page says. “If there are any changes to the regular school day, parents, guardians and employees will be notified by robocalls, emails and/or text messages. For updates, please continue to check the APS website, social media channels, and the local news. Parents and caregivers at APS charter schools should contact their schools as well as monitor the schools’ website and social media channels.”
Decaturish attended a Decatur School Board meeting on Feb. 23, but there were no weather-related announcements.
The National Weather Service predicts there will be rain and sleet before 3 am, rain between 3 am and 4 am, and then rain and sleet after 4 am. On Tuesday morning rain, snow and sleet are likely before noon.
“Chance of precipitation is 70 percent,” the National Weather Service says. “New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.”
There are also no reports of delayed openings in government offices downtown or in Decatur and Avondale Estates.
The city of Atlanta put out a press release advising residents that, “Crews will begin working 12-hour rotational shifts pre-treating priority bridges and routes and will continue as weather conditions warrant. The Department of Public Works has seven brine trucks, 15 salt spreaders and 10 snow plows available for use with approximately 770 tons of salt mixture for the City’s 200 center line miles of priority route roadways including 40 bridges, six hospitals, and 16 Police Precincts.”
Trash pickup will also be delayed by one day for customers who receive pickup on Wednesday and Thursday.
Decaturish.com will post updates about weather-related closings as we receive them.
In the meantime, check out this blog post by Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen about how school officials there determine whether and when to close schools.