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UPDATED: DeKalb Schools, County Offices Close Early as Snow Falls

Little over an inch of snow/sleet possible here, but forecasters watching impact on roads going into Wednesday.

Early photo of my wife's car getting blanketed with snow around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Early photo of my wife's car getting blanketed with snow around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Updated 2:32 p.m. Tuesday: 

Forecasters at the moment are saying the Dunwoody area could get a little more than an inch of snow and sleet accumulation over the day and night.

DeKalb County Schools announced around noon that they were closing early. "All DeKalb County schools will be dismissed early today. Teachers & staff will remain at schools until all children are on buses/picked up," officials wrote on their Twitter page.

Schools were being dismissed today according to the following bus schedule:

  • Elementary schools – 1:30 p.m.
  • High schools – 2:30 p.m.
  • Middle schools – 3:15 p.m.

DeKalb County government offices close at 2 p.m. Public Safety and Public Works will continue 24-hour operation as long as circumstances warrant.  County administrative functions will resume tomorrow with a two-hour delay, as offices will open at 10:30 a.m.

The county rezoning meeting scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  All items on the agenda will be rescheduled to Feb. 25. 

Early today, the National Weather Service expanded a winter storm warning to include the entire metro area, along with areas of the state along I-20 on both sides of the city.

The new warning, in effect from 9 a.m. Tuesday through 7 a.m. Wednesday, called for “light to moderate” snow with accumulations of 1 to 2 inches across the metro area.

"Snow is expected to begin as early as mid morning and last into tonight," NWS said in its warning. "Although the snow will end close to midnight Wednesday, snow-covered roads will make for hazardous driving conditions through Wednesday morning."

The NWS has this forecast for today for Dunwoody.

Snow and sleet, becoming all snow after 4pm. High near 32. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of around an inch possible.

For Tuesday night: 

Snow likely, mainly before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 17. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

"A winter storm warning for moderate snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring," NWS said. "Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency."

The latest winter storm warning extends through Wednesday morning. Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Northwest winds will be around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. The low will be around 16.

"Decisions regarding school for students on Wednesday will be made following updates from the National Weather Service and consultation with the Inclement Weather Team," the school district posted on its website. "Parents, teachers and District employees will be notified of any closings or delays through the District website, social media, local news media, phone trees and emails." 

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