Students in the Atlanta metro area received a gift courtesy of Mother Nature today when schools decided to close early as a rare snow storm blew in.
But the same snow was a curse to anyone riding in school buses or trying to drive home.
Traffic through midtown was moving at a crawl as thousands of people left work early to make it home or to school to meet their children. Public schools in the city of Atlanta, DeKalb County, Cobb County, Cherokee County and Henry County decided to end the day early. Atlanta Public School spokesperson Kimberly Willis Green said they wanted to make sure students were safe.
The early closure of schools was not without major incidents. Cherokee and Bartow counties suspended school bus service, stranding students at school until a parent could pick them up. Parents in Fulton County complained that school officials waited too long to make the decision to release students early so parents were stuck in traffic for hours trying to get to schools to pick up their children.
“Everybody needs to understand we’re getting about 1 million people out of the city right now, in very bad weather,” Mayor Kasim Reed explained to V-103’s Big Tigger and V-103/WAOK operations manager Jean Ross.
(Hear the complete interview, below…)
Several school systems have already decided to let students stay home on Wednesday. Here is a list of school closings from CBSAtlanta.com