Historic ice storm hits the Southeast

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Georgia storm
Temperatures will reach the lower 20s and 30s, so parents probably won’t want their kids outside. Imagine trying to get a basketball through that ice!

Citizens of Atlanta, Georgia better button their coats up once again, because the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a warning for a historic ice storm. It’ll bring more icy temperatures, snow, and wetness than ever before.

According to the NWS, the record-breaking storm will last until Thursday and pile on 7 inches of snow with winds as high as 25 mph. The combination of snow build-up and strong gusts increases the chances of destroying structures like trees and powerlines. In fact, the weather service told citizens not to be shocked if they’re left without electricity for a whole week after the storm has stopped. Even when the snow stops falling, there will be additional driving hazards when it melts on the roads.

This mega weather warning comes less than a month after a rare winter storm struck the Deep South in late January. That wild snow left unsuspecting citizens either trapped in traffic-filled roads or forced to seek shelter in classrooms and stores. Now, families are better prepared, and some even stocked up on food and other necessities in preparation for the ice, snow, sleet, and rain.

Featured image courtesy of Ross Lindsay on Flickr. Image of icy basketball hoop courtesy of Dave Morrison Photography.