5 years after ‘snow jam,’ storm takes aim at Super Bowl city

ATLANTA (AP) — Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what became known as “snow jam,” another winter storm is bearing down on the city — just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl 53.

A winter storm watch goes into effect at 4 a.m. Tuesday for Atlanta, a city known for its ability to grind to a halt even in relatively light snowfalls.

The National Weather Service projects that up to an inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow is possible Tuesday in Atlanta, with up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) in far northern suburbs. Forecasters warn of the possibility of ice-glazed roads and highways.

Sunday’s Super Bowl will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which has a roof. But forecasters say roads could be treacherous Tuesday.

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