The Latest: Deep freeze to grip Atlanta before Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on snow coming to Atlanta along with Super Bowl (all times local):
Atlantans awoke to mild weather five days before the Super Bowl, but forecasters say temperatures will soon plunge as a winter storm front moves eastward, threatening to coat the streets in ice.
National Weather Service meteorologist Sid King says the storm system moving into Atlanta has slowed somewhat, but is still expected to usher in temperatures in the 30s by Tuesday afternoon. By evening, it could be in the 20s.
Less than an inch of snow is expected in Atlanta, but emergency officials say they’re more concerned about the potential for ice.
Delta Airlines canceled about 175 of Tuesday’s flights in Atlanta because of the possibility.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp closed state offices in more than 30 counties, including the Atlanta area.
The storm comes five years after vehicles were stuck on Atlanta freeways in what became known as “snow jam.”
More than 100 flights have been canceled at Atlanta’s airport and city leaders say they fear ice could slicken streets and freeways just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl 53.
A winter weather advisory goes into effect at 3 a.m. Tuesday for Atlanta, a city known for grinding to a halt in relatively light snowfalls.
Delta Air Lines is “proactively” canceling about 170 flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, its main hub, the Atlanta-based airline announced late Monday.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday said state offices in more than 30 counties in the northern part of the state would be closed Tuesday, including those in the Atlanta area.