Updated: 11:14 a.m. Tuesday
A major winter storm that blanketed nearly half a foot of snow across most of north Georgia Sunday night has prompted a mass of school and business closings and event and meeting cancellations as authorities warned motorists to stay off icy roads.
For a second consecutive day, classes in the Cobb County School District have been canceled for Tuesday. The same goes for a number of private schools in East Cobb that have reported closures, including Mt. Bethel Christian Academy and The Walker School.
Kennesaw State University, Life University, Southern Polytechnic University and Chattahoochee Tech also have canceled Tuesday classes.
Cobb County government was closed on Monday, and reopened at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Also open are a few public library branches, including the Mountain View Regional Library.
All Cobb tag offices are closed on Tuesday.
A Cobb Board of Commissioners meeting that had been scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed until an undetermined time.
Cobb Community Transit has canceled all regular and express bus service on Tuesday.
Severe traffic accidents shut down Interstate 75 near the South Marietta Parkway for a good part of Monday afternoon due to multiple accidents, some involving tractor-trailers and other large vehicles, according to Marietta police.
In general, police, Georgia DOT and other agencies are urging citizens not to travel unless absolutely necessary until Tuesday afternoon at the earliest.
Interstate 575 near the Cobb-Cherokee line was closed for most of the Tuesday overnight period, as was a stretch of I-75 northbound near the North Marietta Parkway during the evening Monday and into Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain warning for most of Georgia, including the metro Atlanta area, through noon on Tuesday.
The Georgia DOT and law enforcement agencies are asking that motorists refrain from driving if it all possible on Tuesday.
The forecast for the Marietta area on Tuesday calls for mostly cloudy weather with high temperatures in the mid-30s and lows in the low 20s. Sunny skies are expected, but temperatures may not rise above the 40-degree mark for the rest of the week.