A major snow storm dumped six to eight inches snow in the mountains of north Georgia and about three to six inches in the metro Atlanta region. While such an amount of snow up north is par for the course, in the unprepared South, it closed down schools, local government operations and even the state Supreme Court on Monday.
Many roads were impassable. The Georgia Department of Transportation said that it was concentrating its efforts on keeping major routes open.
Outgoing Governor Sonny Purdue declared a state of emergency. This will make it possible for the state to provide assistance to local governments. Incoming Governor Nathan Deal moved his inauguration ceremony inside the state capital and was forced to cancel a gala celebration that was to be held Monday night.
The storm left snow from Columbus to Macon, and made travel treacherous with sleet and ice overnight. While the heavier precipitation was moving out of the state, forecasts still called for light sleep and freezing rain near Atlanta today. The northern part of the state is expected to experience light snow throughout the day. Because the temperatures are expected to stay at or below freezing, Tuesdays commute could also be affected by icy conditions.