Temperatures in Atlanta have ranged from the teens and low 20s all week, causing thawed out snow to refreeze into ice.
Some who have stayed at home were able to enjoy the snow later, but there were many problems on the first day of the storm.
Many schools were and remain closed in order for people to rest after a chaotic start. On Tuesday, some students were left stranded in schools overnight and others remained stuck in traffic for hours.
As of January 28, some school buses still needed to be towed and school needed to be cleaned.
Colleges in the area, Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University, also plan to remain closed until driving conditions are improved.
Fatalities caused by the cold weather include a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl.
The north Georgia boy died after falling though ice while playing friends on a partially frozen lake off Orchard Way, near Calhoun, Gordon County on Thursday.
The 14-year-old girl lost a portion of her leg after being hit by a car when she attempted to push her family’s car on an icy road.
Others tried to offer a helping hand while stuck out in the ice.
After being stuck on the road for eight hours, a man tried to move a Volvo only to realize the driver was semi-conscious. The driver suffered from Parkinson’s and was not able to open his prescription bottle. After the man pushing the car figured out the problem, the driver was able to take his medicine and receive medical attention within a matter of minutes.
Fortunately, this cold and icy weather isn’t expected to last much longer as recent weather reports show temperatures increasing into the 50s by the end of this week.
Still, it is best to stay off icy roads if possible. While snow and ice might be fun and enjoyable at home, it can cause many problems and be dangerous on the road.
If you are in a collision during this icy weather, make sure to contact Foy & Associates to be the strong arm to fight for you!