ATLANTA, GA — Atlanta Public Schools will remain closed for a second day on Thursday, with frozen roadways and bitterly cold conditions in the metro area expected to last at least another 24 hours.
On its website, the school system said the decision was made in conjunction with Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision to close state offices for a second day as well.
APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen announced the decision on Twitter, saying extreme cold temperatures and icy road conditions are expected to persist and that holding school would not be safe for staff, students or school buses in the metro area.
Wednesday morning, the Atlanta Police Department said it had worked 93 traffic accidents since midnight — seven of the with injuries. Deal had issued a state of emergency late Tuesday for 83 counties, spanning much of north and central Georgia, urging Georgians to stay off of roads that iced up in freezing temperatures overnight.
Most areas of north and west Georgia received up to an inch of snow Tuesday afternoon and overnight, according to the National Weather Service. Shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, the temperature in Atlanta was still a frigid 18 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Alert: All APS schools as well as district office to remain closed Thursday, January 18. pic.twitter.com/ly9Z4kCv7O— ATL Public Schools (@apsupdate) January 17, 2018
Photo via Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen