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Must see: Europeans battle deadly winds in Germany, Netherlands

At least eight people have died after deadly winds blew through Europe.

Two firefighters are among the victims of the hurricane-strength winds that damaged buildings and tore trees from the ground, the BBC reported.

Travel was delayed due to the storm.

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Germany’s Deutsche Bahn stopped running trains on Thursday, but restarted long-distance runs on Friday, according to media reports.

The storm is being considered one of the strongest storms to hit the country in 11 years, CNN reported.

Amsterdam’s air traffic was shut down after two of three terminals were closed when roof plates were blown off the building, CNN reported.

In other parts of Europe, users posted photos of damage to social media. 

Police use Facebook to help man get off work during icy weather

Police in Texas used social media to offer a helping hand to a man who was trying to get off work as roads across the region began to ice over earlier this week.

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Police posted a warning on their Facebook page at 6:37 a.m. Tuesday telling citizens that all city offices would be closed. They urged area residents to stay inside and do their best to keep warm.

One man needed more help and turned to the Seguin Police Department. Justin Garcia, who is listed on Facebook as a resident of San Marcos, asked police for a note for work.

>> Photos: Snow blankets the South

Deputy Chief Bruce Ure delivered:

“Dear Justin’s Boss,” Ure wrote, “The roads are bad and are going to get worse. Much worse. Please let him stay home, warm and safe and enjoy some Hulu or some cool shows on Netflix. And, he needs a raise. He rocks. Respectfully ~ Deputy Chief Ure.”

Garcia left a comment on the police Facebook page the next day, saying he had gotten the day off. 

LIVE UPDATES: Metro school districts close schools for Friday

ROADS: Atlanta wakes up Thursday to icy roads, light traffic

SCHOOLS: Schools closed again | Full list

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YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: AtlantaCobbDeKalbNorth Fulton | Gwinnett 

AIRPORT: More than 200 Atlanta flights canceled Thursday

TIPS: Winter weather in Atlanta: How to prepare your family, home and car for hazardous weather

ADVISORIES, WATCHES AND WARNINGS: What do the designations mean?

Though the temperature finally made it above the freezing mark in Atlanta on Thursday, anything that melted will refreeze and make for icy conditions Friday morning, according to Channel 2 Action News.

While conditions improved on interstates due to the 40-degree weather, some surface streets were still iced over and too hazardous for travel Thursday, the Georgia Department of Transportation said. 

More than 1,100 traffic accidents have been reported in Gwinnett County alone since Wednesday morning.

Many schools and government offices were closed Thursday, and several school systems have already announced they will be closed again Friday, including: Atlanta, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Clayton, Cherokee, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gilmer, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Spalding and Troup. Carrollton City and Gwinnett County schools will have a two-hour delayed start.

All are in the 83 counties under Gov. Nathan Deal’s state of emergency order, which is still active.

This is how the day is unfolding:

7:15 p.m.: Fulton County Schools will remain closed Friday.

7 p.m.: Cherokee County Schools will remain closed Friday. 

6:45 p.m.: Henry County and Spalding County schools will stay closed Friday. 

6:30 p.m.: After earlier announcing a plan to open, Atlanta Public Schools plan to remain closed Friday.

6:15 p.m.: DeKalb and Fayette County schools announced they will remain closed Friday, while Gwinnett County Schools plan to open after a two-hour delay.

5:45 p.m.: Cobb County Schools will be closed Friday for a third straight day.

5:40 p.m.: Newton County Schools will remain closed Friday.

5:30 p.m.: MARTA will run on a modified schedule for bus and rail service Thursday evening into Friday. 

Bus service ends at 10 p.m. Thursday and limited bus service will resume at 4:30 a.m. Friday, with buses running on major roads and to medical facilities.

Rail service will continue on a modified weekend schedule until 2 a.m. Thursday and resume at 4:30 a.m. Friday, and run on a modified weekend schedule with trains arriving every 7 to 15 minutes. Red and Gold Lines will run to the airport until 2 a.m. 

5 p.m.: Carroll County, Coweta County, Paulding County, Douglas County and Pickens County schools will remain closed Friday.

4:30 p.m.: Carrollton City Schools will have a two-hour delayed start Friday. Staff and faculty are expected to arrive at the normal time.

4:15 p.m.: Bartow County Schools will remain closed Friday.

3:40 p.m.: Haralson County Schools will be closed again Friday.

3:30 p.m.: Clayton County Schools will remain closed Friday due to icy roads and hazardous conditions, the district said in a news release.

3:05 p.m.: Troup County Schools will be closed again Friday. “There are still many areas that are covered in large patches of ice and the areas that have thawed are expected to refreeze with the drop in temperatures tonight,” the system said in a statement.

3 p.m.: Atlanta hits 40 degrees and it finally starts to feel a bit better — at least in the sunshine.

2:53 p.m.: After two straight snow days, Atlanta Public Schools plan to reopen Friday. Students should expect to return to APS classrooms, the district announced in a Facebook post.

2:45 p.m.: “Many of the main roads in Douglas County are now passable, but access to many of our schools remains limited,” district officials wrote in a letter to parents. “... We will continue assessing the road conditions throughout the county to ensure that conditions are optimal for travel to school. We expect to provide you with an update on (Friday's) school schedule as quickly as possible.”

2:34 p.m.: An SUV with a New York license plate lost control on an icy hill and crashed into a home with an entire family inside, according to Channel 2 Action News. Before the SUV crashed into the home, the vehicle hit a Georgia Power transformer, a water main and a light pole, the news station reported. The family told Channel 2 they were spared because of the cars parked in their garage.

2 p.m.: Icy conditions have cleared after shutting down both directions of an I-75 Express Lanes ramp to Jonesboro Road, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

1:31 p.m.: “We'll be above freezing until about 8 p.m.,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said.

1:03 p.m.: It’s now above freezing at 34 degrees in Atlanta, Channel 2 Action News reported. But the wind chill is still making it feel like 26.

12:32 p.m.: Noah's Ark, Jodeco and Mundy's Mill roads are still complete sheets of ice, according to Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services. 

“Please find an alternate route,” a fire official said.

12:18 p.m.: Another hard freeze is expected overnight and early Friday as temperatures dip below freezing again about 8 p.m., Channel 2 reported. Temps, however, are expected to rebound to a high of 50 degrees Friday.

12:14 p.m.: It is 31 degrees in Atlanta, but it feels like 22 degrees, according to Channel 2 Action News. The expected high is 41 degrees.

11:58 a.m.: “We'll make it above freezing this afternoon,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said. 

Expect a warming trend ahead, he said.

11:54 a.m.: The city of Atlanta has expanded its resources to prepare for winter weather over the past few years, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said during a press conference Thursday at Atlanta City Hall.

Officials will continue looking at opportunities to continue expanding resources, Bottoms said.

11:52 a.m.: Georgia Department of Transportation worker was killed while clearing a roadway covered in snow and ice. The worker was involved in an accident with a CSX train in Coweta County.

11:26 a.m.: Even though a wind chill advisory expired at 10 a.m. for metro Atlanta, icy conditions were reported in both directions of an I-75 Express Lanes ramp to Jonesboro Road, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. The ramp is blocked.

11:24 a.m.: “Miraculously, there were no major road-related incidents in the wee hours,” the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. “One (official) commented that they were actually able to slow down enough to do some police work. Go figure. All of the major thoroughfares are presently clear and passable, and no secondaries are shut down. However, please be aware there are still some very slick spots on those secondary roads where the ice didn't get a chance to thaw out from (Wednesday).”

11:17 a.m.: There are reports of icy road conditions on West Fayetteville Road and Creel Road in Clayton County. “We are also getting reports of vehicles sliding on Tara Blvd at McDonough Road,” Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services said. “Please avoid these areas.”

11:15 a.m.: The Atlanta Department of Public Works has treated 1,444 miles using 1,280 tons of salt.

11:10 a.m.: Douglas County government offices and the courthouse will remain closed today for non-essential employees.

11:07 a.m.: Six mornings have started in the teens in January, the most since 2014, according to Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls. “And January is far from over,” she said.

11:02 a.m.: Newnan, which was under a curfew until 10 a.m. to keep people off the roads, is back to normal operations. All city offices plan to open at noon.

9:53 a.m.: Atlanta has picked up 4.7 inches of snow this winter, making this season the 11th snowiest on record, Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said. 

“And we still have two months of winter left,” Walls said.

Atlanta has gotten more snow than Washington, D.C., which has only mustered about 3.1 inches, according to The Washington Post.

“The number of Southern cities that have more snow than D.C. is embarrassing,” The Post said.

9:36 a.m.: “We are urging folks to give more time, if you can, before getting out on the roads,” the Georgia Department of Transportation said. “The interstates/state routes are in good shape, but not 100 percent.”

9:19 a.m.: Although snow still tops an upper parking deck at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, airlines are operating normally and security wait times are less than 15 minutes.

9:15 a.m.: Multiple vehicles are getting stuck on an ice patch on Noah’s Ark Road, according to Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services. Avoid the area.

8:51 a.m.: Warming stations at fire houses on Flat Shoals Road and Crown Point Parkway have closed in DeKalb County.

The warming center at Fire Station No. 3 at 100 N. Clarendon Ave., Avondale Estates, will remain open until noon.

8:30 a.m. Use “extreme caution” traveling on roads in Alpharetta because many still have ice patches, according to the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety. 

8:27 a.m.: It is 16 degrees in Atlanta, but it feels like it is 3 degrees, Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.

8:11 a.m.: “Please be advised that all interstates and some ramps are not 100 percent,” the Georgia Department of Transportation said. “Icy patches are out there and we need you to slow down and drive with caution even though (the) sun is up.”

Crews worked overnight to treat areas.

“Now that daylight is here, those existing icy patches will now be visible,” GDOT said. “We are urging folks to give it more time for the sun to help us out, but if you must be on the roads, please use extreme caution entering and exiting ramps.”

7:50 a.m.: The Gwinnett County Police Department is down to five active weather-related calls. 

“Major roads are looking pretty good, but there are still ice patches,” police said. “Drive carefully and watch for black ice if you have to drive. We recommend staying off the roads until later today.”

The department reported Wednesday afternoon that it had responded to 567 traffic calls since midnight.

7:45 a.m.: The following roads are currently closed in DeKalb County due to snow and ice: Glenwood Road, from LaMesa Road to Hollyhock Road; Brownsmill Road, from Framingham Drive; Rockbridge Road, from Susan Creek and again from Rockbridge Court to San Marcos Court; 3032 North Decatur Road, from DeKalb Industrial Way to East Ponce De Leon Avenue; Waldrop Road, from Kingswood Run and again from Flat Shoals Parkway to River Road; and Covington Highway, from Miller Road to Scarborough Drive. 

7:36 a.m.: There is major icing on Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Buckhead, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Icy spots are blocking Rockbridge Road at South Indian Creek / Henderson Road in DeKalb County, too.

7:30 a.m.: MARTA rail services are operating on a weekend schedule, with 20 minute intervals, according to the agency. Buses are providing limited service, running on major roads and to medical facilities. 

7:26 a.m.: “The roads are not ready for you,” the Georgia Department of Public Safety said in a tweet. “They need the sun and temperatures to increase. Stay home, stay warm and have another cup of coffee.”

7:05 a.m.: Cars are taking it extra slow on a hairpin turn to avoid crashing on an icy ramp from I-75 South to I-85 North in Atlanta, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

6:49 a.m.: "The interstates are looking really great this morning." Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale told Channel 2. However, side streets are still in bad shape.

Dale said crews adjusted the brine solution they apply to roads by adding calcium chloride to deal with the extreme low temperatures.

6:45 a.m.:  The HOV lane on I-85 South before Clairmont Road is still very icy, Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry said. 

“Use extra caution,” he told Channel 2.

6:39 a.m.: Atlanta and Athens set snowfall records, Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. “Record daily maximum snowfall set in Atlanta (Wednesday) with 2.4 (inches) of snow, breaking the old record of a trace in 2016,” she said. Athens had more than an inch of snow, according to Channel 2.

6:30 a.m.: There have been nearly 200 cancellations in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to Channel 2 Action News.

6:27 a.m.: Appointments at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will resume at 1 p.m. Urgent care centers will reopen at that time, too.

6:15 a.m.: MARTA bus service, which ended at 10 p.m. Wednesday, is back in operation. However, service is limited.

6:07 a.m.: Atlanta’s temperature is 15 degrees, and it feels like zero, according to Channel 2 Action News.

5:54 a.m.: Temps are expected to still be below freezing by noon, but a warmup is on the way, Channel 2 reported.

The forecast calls for temps to hit the 40s in Atlanta by 3 p.m.

“This starts the trend of warmer temps for the rest of the week,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.

5:35 a.m.: Coweta County and city of Newnan officials have issued a curfew lasting until 10 a.m. to keep people off the roads, according to the county. The curfew went into effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Those driving to and from work will be granted an exception if they can provide work IDs

5:19 a.m.: “Here’s the bottom line folks,” WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reporter Mark Arum said. “The surface streets are still going to be nasty as you head out this morning.”

5:17 a.m.: “The sunshine is going to help warm us up starting this afternoon,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.

5 a.m.: Georgia Piedmont Technical College is closed today and will remain closed through Saturday, according to the school.

4:30 a.m.: A wind chill advisory that went into effect Wednesday is set to last until 10 a.m. today for metro Atlanta and other parts of North Georgia, according to the National Weather Service.

“Temperatures will feel like they are between 5 above to 5 below zero,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. “Dress in layers, and please keep pets inside.”

» For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.

Super blue blood moon eclipse: What you need to know

super blue blood moon? Yes!

It is happening on the last day of this month. A blue moon typically gets its name when it occurs as the second of two full moons in one calendar month.

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But something very special will happen to the moon on this date. The full moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow during the early morning of Jan. 31 to give us a total lunar eclipse. During the time of the total eclipse, the moon will appear reddish in color, which is where it gets to be called a “blood moon.” Totality, when the moon will be entirely inside the Earth’s dark umbral shadow, will last a bit more than 1 1/4 hours.

The Jan. 31 full moon is also the third in a series of three straight full moon supermoons – that is, super-close full moons. It’s the first of two blue moons in 2018. So it’s not just a lunar eclipse, or a blue moon, or a supermoon. It’s all three – a super blue moon eclipse.

Is it the first blue moon total eclipse in 150 years in America.

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The eclipse will get underway at 6:48 a.m. EST/3:48 a.m. PST Jan. 31. You’ll have to be up high with a good view of the western horizon to see the eclipse when it is total, as the moon will be setting as the eclipse reaches totality.

Those in the western United States will be able to view the full eclipse. But don’t let the setting moon stop you from getting to see a good part of the eclipse. It still should be a neat sight early in the morning if skies are clear and it is not too cold.

– Eric Elwell is WHIO-TV's chief meteorologist. Contact him at eric.elwell@coxinc.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Indiana night sky

Another meteor may have lit up the sky late Wednesday.

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Several reports have come into WHIO-TV's newsroom of a bright flash that shot across the sky just before midnight Thursday. People from Englewood, Ohio; Marysville, Ohio; and Randolph County, Indiana, have said they saw the bright flash, with some saying it was bright blue or blue-green.

>> WATCH: Meteor spotted in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

The American Meteor Society received several reports of a meteor in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.

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A meteor also was spotted in Ohio, Michigan and Canada late Tuesday.

Georgia sheriff: I don't care if you're from Wisconsin or need beer, stay home

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office was back at it again with the jokes (and insults) as Georgia woke up to a messy wintry mix Wednesday, prompting schools, businesses and nearly three-fourths of the state’s roadways to close.

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State government offices are remaining closed for non-essential personnel Thursday across the 83 counties affected by winter weather, Gov. Nathan Deal said.

>> Tips, warning signs for frostbite, hypothermia

Although the weather’s no joke, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office brought some humor to its Facebook page on what many found to be a frustrating snow day.

>> 5 things you won’t want to leave in a freezing car

“I know you need cigarettes, beer and wine to get you through having your kids at home. Can you just do without for a day? Stay home,” one post read.

In another post, the office noted the multiple morning crashes due to the inclement weather. “Body shops and wrecker companies just love y’all.”

More from the Sheriff’s Office:

>> On AJC.com: How to prepare your family, home and car for hazardous weather

While most readers lauded the sheriff’s office for its jokes, some found the announcements to be disrespectful.

“Government entity at its finest. Oconee, be respectful! We all feel what you are saying, however, some of the things you are saying are offense considering you are a government office and serving the public (those stupid beer and cigarette runners). Thank you!” commenter Wendi Turpen Hood wrote.

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Another commenter, Nikki Giamarino, noted some serious implications of bad weather.

“My employer called off work. But what about people who’s employer didn’t? What about single parents who cannot afford to lose their jobs due to absence? I wish the world was a kinder place,” she wrote.

>> On AJC.com: Atlanta snow 2018: Twitter erupts in memes, jokes and snowy scenes

This isn’t the first time the Oconee Sheriff’s Office has garnered attention for its humor.

Following Georgia’s win against Auburn last month, the office wrote, “Show proof you graduated from Auburn and we will discount your speeding tickets by 5 miles per hour,” the post said. “Y'all have had enough of a beating today.”

In August, before the total solar eclipse, Oconee Sheriff Scott Berry warned residents to prepare for the end of the world. “It’s very likely this is the end of life on this planet as we know it,” he wrote.

Photos: Frigid cold and snow move in to metro Atlanta

Snow showers and dangerously cold temps hit metro Atlanta overnight, forcing myriad closures and delays and making roads dangerous Wednesday.

Metro Atlanta to wake up to frozen roads, frigid temps

ROADS: Roads will refreeze tonight

ATTRACTIONS: Museums, parks closed

YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: AtlantaClaytonCobb DeKalb | North Fulton | South FultonGwinnett | Henry

AIRPORT: Snow causes flight delays, cancellations at Hartsfield-Jackson

TIPS: Winter weather in Atlanta: How to prepare your family, home and car for hazardous weather

ADVISORIES, WATCHES AND WARNINGS: What do the designations mean?

Whatever you do, metro Atlanta, stay off the roads and bundle up for another cold day.

By 6 a.m. Thursday, Atlanta could be in the teens and the wind chill could be as low as -1.

The wind chill advisory for metro Atlanta and other parts of North Georgia was extended until 10 a.m. Thursday. The city should reach 47 degrees during the day.

Some roads are still iced over and there’s a strong chance are too hazardous for travel. That means possible “black ice” again tonight.

MORE: Snow creates mess of roadways, but warmer relief on the way

The widespread snow subsided early Wednesday, but the number of crashes did not. In Gwinnett County, there were 567 traffic calls since midnight. DeKalb County had nearly 260 crashes between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 5 p.m. Wednesday. And Cobb County reported about 200 crashes in the 24 hours since the snowfall began, including 10 hit-and-run incidents.

Gov. Nathan Deal had declared a state of emergency for 83 counties, including the metro area. More than 12,000 miles of Georgia’s roads were affected by the winter weather. 

Many schools and local governments have already announced closings for Thursday.

School districts closing in the metro area include: Atlanta, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Decatur, DeKalb, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Marietta and Paulding.  

Others include: Bartow, Bibb, Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Monroe, Newton, Polk, Rockdale, Thomaston-Upson, Towns, Troup and Union counties, in addition to Bremen, Calhoun, Carrollton and Rome city systems. Dalton City Schools will open two hours late.

RELATED: How much snow fell in your metro Atlanta neighborhood?

Here’s how the day has unfolded:

10:36 p.m.: Atlanta reached a high of 25 degrees before dropping to 20 by 10:30 p.m., according to Channel 2 Action News. The wind chill makes it feel like 6. The city could see temperautes in the teens Thursday morning. 

9:46 p.m.: The University of Georgia will open at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Classes are scheduled to start at 11 a.m. 

9:08 p.m.: Atlanta’s three warming centers will remain open overnight for anyone seeking shelter from below freezing temperatures. More than 360 people are being serviced at the Central Park, Grant Park and Old Adamsville warming centers.

9:06 p.m.: Atlanta Public Works had 14 salt spreaders on the roadways, treated 925 lane miles, and used 724 tons of salt by 7 p.m. Wednesday, spokeswoman Jenna Garland said. The Department of Watershed Management officials responded to three water main breaks. Garland said crews will work around the clock until roads are clear.   

8:41 p.m.: More than 700 flights have been canceled Wednesday at the Atlanta airport by Delta, Southwest and other airlines, according to data on FlightAware.com. The Atlanta airport typically handles close to 2,500 flights a day.

MORE: Hundreds of flights canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson

8:40 p.m.: Stonecrest City Hall will have a delayed opening of 11 a.m. Thursday, spokesman Adrion Bell said. “The mayor cited safety concerns for his staff and Stonecrest residents as the reason for the delay,” he said.

6:54 p.m.: The Atlanta Hawks game against the New Orleans Pelicans will start at 7:30 p.m. as scheduled, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

6:15 p.m.: Georgia Tech will delay opening until noon. 

6:12 p.m.: Any melting ice has the potential to refreeze overnight, GDOT said.

6:06 p.m.: The DeKalb County 911 center reports it took 257 calls about auto accidents, including nine hit-and-runs, between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 5 p.m. Wednesday.  There were 270 other traffic-related calls, including abandoned vehicles, hazards, stalled vehicles and so on.

RELATED: Cops believe hypothermia caused 2 recent deaths in downtown Atlanta

5:45 p.m.: The University of West Georgia will remain closed through 5 p.m. Thursday “as weather conditions continue to make travel difficult,” officials said. 

5:41 p.m.: Hall County Schools will close Thursday. It will be a “school from home” day.

5:39 p.m.: Georgia Power reports 31 outages affecting 218 customers due to the frigid weather. Georgia EMC has not reported any outages. 

5:32 p.m.: Downed power lines left Buford Highway in Doraville shut down. Roads have since opened. 

5:07 p.m.: Clayton State University, Cherokee County Schools and Rome City Schools will be closed Thursday. 

4:54 p.m.: Douglas County Schools will be closed Thursday, according to the school system’s Facebook page. 

4:46 p.m.: DeKalb County offices, facilities and courts will remain closed Thursday. “DeKalb officials are urging residents to exercise caution on the roads as icy conditions are expected to continue overnight and Thursday morning,” spokesman Andrew Cauthen said in a news release. 

4:45 p.m.: Habersham County Schools are closed Thursday. 

4:44 p.m.: Fulton County government offices will remain closed Thursday.

4:32 p.m.: Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb and will close at 6 p.m. today due to inclement weather, Simon Propery Group spokeswoman Haley Sheram said. The Mall of Georgia and Sugarloaf Mills will close at 5 p.m. today.

4:30 p.m.: MARTA will end bus service at 10 p.m. Wednesday, and will modify its Thursday service to deal with winter weather.

4:22 p.m.: Gwinnett County and Newton County schools will be closed Thursday. 

4:13 p.m.: DeKalb County crews are working 16-hour shifts to treat main roads and neighborhood streets, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

4:09 p.m.: At least 3 inches of snow was reported in parts of metro Atlanta. The city proper received 2.3. inches. 

4:07 p.m.: The Cobb County government will resume operations at 10 a.m. Thursday, spokesman Ross Cavitt said. “The delayed opening should give Department of Transportation crews time to treat icy roads that develop overnight and avoid having any county employees drive to work before sunrise,” Cavitt said.

3:55 p.m.: Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University and Georgia Gwinnett College are closed Thursday due to inclement weather. 

ALSO: Some campuses canceling classes Thursday

3:34 p.m.: Security lines at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are more than an hour long in wake of the winter weather. Travelers flying Wednesday should allow extra time to get through security, arriving at the airport three hours before their departure time.

MORE: Travelers face security lines more than an hour long at Hartsfield-Jackson

3:12 p.m.: DeKalb County, Fulton County, Paulding County and Polk County schools are closed Thursday. 

3:04 p.m.: Cobb County and Fayette County schools will be closed Thursday. Both districts announced the closures on their Twitter accounts. Marietta schools is also closed. 

2:51 p.m.: Troup County Schools and Monroe County Schools will be closed Thursday.

2:48 p.m.: Woodward Academy will be closed Thursday. 

2:32 p.m.: Coweta County and Newnan have instituted a curfew from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday. Public safety, media and industries personnel are exempt. Newnan’s City Hall offices will reopen at noon Thursday.

2:11 p.m.: The Georgia Senate will convene at 1:30 p.m. Thursday instead of the previously scheduled 10 a.m.

2:04 p.m.: City of Lilburn offices will reopen at noon Thursday, city spokeswoman Nikki Perry said.

2 p.m.: Atlanta government offices and the Municipal Court of Atlanta will remain closed Thursday. All essential and emergency personnel should report at their regularly scheduled time. All non-essential employees should remain at home.

1:58 p.m.: Zoo Atlanta will be closed Thursday.

1:57 p.m.: Due to icy conditions on the runways and taxiway, DeKalb-Peachtree Airport is closed until 4 p.m.

1:51 p.m.: The Gwinnett County Police Department is working 54 traffic calls right now. Fourteen intersections throughout the county are closed. “Conditions have not improved much,” the department said in a tweet.

1:50 p.m.: Henry County Schools will be closed Thursday, the district announced.

1:39 p.m.: Emory University and Oxford College will be closed Thursday, Emory spokeswoman Elaine Justice said.

1:18 p.m.: Carrollton City Schools and Carroll County Schools will be closed Thursday.

1:15 p.m.: A wind chill advisory for metro Atlanta and other parts of North Georgia has been extended until 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

The advisory, which was originally set to expire at 1 p.m., means single-digit wind chills are expected to continue. Frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes. 

1:14 p.m.: Snowfall totals reached 2.3 inches in Atlanta, 3.3 inches in Newnan and 1.6 inches in Kirkwood, Channel 2 reported.

1:05 p.m.: Tonight’s production of “The Lion King” is canceled, according to a tweet from The Fox Theatre.

12:58 p.m.: Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services personnel have responded to more than 100 emergency incidents since midnight, Capt. Tommy Rutledge said in a statement. The call volume has been steady, but mostly routine. 

12:42 p.m.: Currently, the temperature is 12 degrees lower in Atlanta than it is in Anchorage — as in Alaska. The temp is 18 degrees in Atlanta and 30 in Anchorage, Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said. 

The forecast high is 25 degrees in Atlanta and 40 in Anchorage.

12:31 p.m.: Atlanta Public Schools will be closed Thursday, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said in a tweet. 

12:20 p.m.: Road temperatures are at or below freezing throughout metro Atlanta, but conditions are improving in the sun pretty quickly, Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said. Improvements will continue in the hours ahead, he said.

12:15 p.m.: There have been 684 delays and 276 cancellations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to Channel 2 Action News.

12:10 p.m.: Coweta County schools will be closed Thursday due to the winter weather and hazardous road conditions.

12:05 p.m.: Two people have died in a crash on icy I-75 North just past Hartley Bridge Road in south Macon, according to the Macon Telegraph. The accident happened about 9:15 a.m. 

11:54 a.m.: Factoring in the 2.3 inches of snow recorded at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport today, Atlanta has gotten 4.7 inches of snow so far this season, according to Channel 2 Action News. “That's now ahead of the amount of snow we saw in the winter of 2013-2014,” when Atlanta received 4.6 inches of snow, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said.

11:47 a.m.: The Georgia Department of Transportation is responsible for 18,000 miles of roadways statewide. Of that number, 12,849 miles have been affected by the winter weather. That amounts to nearly 75 percent of state-maintained roadways.

11:45 a.m.: Gwinnett police is working 69 accidents, officials said. There are still 17 road closures throughout the county. “Stay off the roads,” police said.

11:22 a.m.: Additional MARTA routes have suspended service in the last 15 minutes “due to unsafe road conditions.” Routes 19, 32, 55, 74, 86, 111, 115, 116 and 186 have been impacted.   

11:16 a.m.: An Atlanta police officer was taken to the hospital for evaluation after being struck by a car that slid on icy roads near Lenox Square, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

11:09 a.m.: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport picked up 2.3 inches of snow, Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said.

11:03 a.m.: An Atlanta police officer slid on ice and ran into a Georgia State Patrol trooper’s vehicle, police told Channel 2 Action News. At the time of the crash, the officer was driving to help the GSP trooper work a crash about 9:30 a.m. on Washington Street. No injuries were reported.

11 a.m.: Due to icy conditions, Clifton Road is blocked in both directions between CDC Parkway and Briarcliff Road, according to Emory police. “Please use an alternate route,” police said.10:55 a.m.: A layer of ice is under the snow in many areas, causing extremely hazardous driving conditions and crashes throughout North Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.10:47 a.m.: Three warming centers are open at the Central Park, Grant Park and Old Adamsville recreation centers in Atlanta, according to the city. 

Gwinnett County also has a warming center open at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. It will stay open through Thursday morning, according to the county.

10:27 a.m.: I-20 has reopened after a disabled tractor-trailer closed all westbound lanes at mile marker 87 in Newton County.

All westbound lanes of the interstate also reopened at Almon Road after severe icing forced officials to close it for hours, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported.

9:59 a.m.: State government is closed today for non-essential personnel in the 83 counties included in Gov. Nathan Deal’s state of emergency.

9:53 a.m.: MARTA buses are still serving hospital and other emergency areas. There are now 20 routes planned to operate based on weather conditions.

MARTA’s public hearing on proposed bus routes is canceled and will be rescheduled.

9:43 a.m.: Gwinnett County police officers have worked 174 accidents since midnight, officials said. That includes crashes involving salt trucks, patrol cars and tow trucks. “Stay home at all costs,” the police department said in a tweet.

9:34 a.m.: One lane is open on I-85 South after being shut down more than four hours at exit No. 129 in Jackson County.

9:32 a.m.: There has been a 9-car car crash on Lenox Road at Ga. 400 in Buckhead, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

9:30 a.m.: I-75 South Metro Express Lanes are closed until further notice, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

9:14 a.m.:  More than a dozen accidents were reported on the drive from north Atlanta to Dublin, deputy state insurance commissioner Jay Florence said.

One accident on I-16 involved six cars in Macon.

9:08 a.m.: With freezing temperatures and wind chills in the single digits in metro Atlanta, frostbite can happen within 30 minutes to exposed skin, according to Channel 2 Action News.

9:03 a.m.: All city of Conyers offices are closed for the day, police Sgt. Kim Lucas said.

8:51 a.m. The University of Georgia will be closed today, according to the school.

8:43 a.m.: There have been 15 accidents in Marietta since 6 a.m., the police department said.

8:42 a.m.: There are about 50 accidents and 23 road closures mostly due to icy conditions in Gwinnett County, police Sgt. Jake Smith said. “It’s really not safe for anyone to be on the road,” he said.

8:35 a.m.: MARTA removed routes 865, 165 and 81 from service due to unsafe streets along the routes, according to the agency.

8:21 a.m.: CobbLinc will not resume normal operations at 10 a.m. as originally planned. 

Officials will monitor weather conditions to determine when they can safely resume operations, transit manager Andrea Foard said.

8:20 a.m.: All Mercer campuses and centers, excluding Savannah, will be closed today and classes are canceled, according to the school system. The Fresh Food Company in the Connell Student Center on the Macon campus will be operating normal hours. 

8:18 a.m.: MARTA is now running on a modified weekend schedule, according to the agency.

8:16 a.m.: Zoo Atlanta will be closed today, according to the business.

8:06 a.m.: There are now more than 250 flight delays and more than 190 cancellations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to the airport.

8 a.m.: “There isn’t anywhere that is safe to drive at the moment,” Gwinnett police Sgt. Jake Smith said.

8 a.m.: DeKalb County government offices, libraries, facilities and courts will be closed today. 

The DeKalb County Sanitation Division has also suspended all administrative and field operations today. 

The Henry County Courthouse will be closed today, too.

7:52 a.m.: Stonecrest City Hall will be closed today, according to the city spokesman.

7:41 a.m.: Georgia Piedmont Technical College will be closed today due to weather conditions, according to the college.

7:36 a.m.: Treating side roads may take city and county agencies more time as they focus resources on larger roads, Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale told Channel 2 Action News. 

“So if you can’t safely get out of your neighborhood, it’s best just to stay put,” she said.

7:33 a.m.: I-85 in Braselton continues to be one of the Georgia Department of Transportation’s trouble spots due to multiple accidents. "The roads are not good," agency spokeswoman Natalie Dale told Channel 2 Action News. "They are not good to travel on. Not only are we dealing with ice issues, we are dealing with some very dry, powdery snow. Think of the difference between trying to plow dry dust, which is what we're kind of doing, or trying to plow some wet, heavy sand, which is like the last winter storm we had in December. Much easier to plow that. This snow kicks up in the air, causing visibility problems in addition to icy patches under that snow. If you do not have to be on the road, this is not the time to gamble and get out on them."

7:27 a.m.: All Atlanta University Center institutions, including Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College, are closed, according to the schools.

7:13 a.m.: I-20 West is shut down due to severe icing at Almon Road (exit No. 88).

6:53 a.m.: Weather conditions have led to ongoing MARTA delays to bus and rail services, according to the agency.

6:52 a.m.: “Stay off the roads,” Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale told News 95.5 & AM 750 WSB. “We have our crews out, but there are some complexities to what we are dealing with." Asked when to expect an all-clear today, she said, “I don’t expect to get an all-clear today.”

6:45 a.m.: Cities of Conyers and Lilburn announced delayed openings set at noon today. Municipal Court has been canceled in Conyers. 

6:34 a.m.: Icy conditions have about a dozen vehicles stuck on I-20 near Panola Road, Channel 2 reported.

6:31 a.m.: Cobb County closed government operations Wednesday because of the hazardous travel conditions on county roads, county spokesman Ross Cavitt said.

The CobbLinc bus service will delay its start today until 10 a.m.

6:29 a.m.: Officials announced closings at Emory University, Oxford College and Georgia State University today. 

6:25 a.m.: There is a ground delay at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. There have also been nearly 100 cancellations and 115 delays at Hartsfield-Jackson.

6:23 a.m.: A crash has occurred involving a MARTA bus on I-285 South at Glenwood Road in DeKalb County. No other details have been released.

6:03 a.m.: There have been more than 30 crashes with ice reported throughout metro Atlanta, WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reporter Mark Arum said Wednesday.

5:53 a.m.: I-85 South is shutdown at Winder Highway in Jackson County. 

5:52. a.m: There have been six crashes on I-85 between Gwinnett and Jackson counties this morning, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

5:47 a.m.: Ice has westbound lanes of U.S. 78 shut down at Lake Lucerne. “Please stay off the roads,” the Traffic Center said. 

5:25 a.m.: Several spots in Midtown picked up 1 inch of snow, Channel 2 reported. Snowfall amounts of 1.5 inches were reported in Marietta, Smyrna and Austell, and Douglasville picked up 1.75 inches in some areas.

5:15 a.m.: By noon Wednesday, the wind chill could make it feel like -5 degrees in Atlanta, Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton reported. 

“Please bundle up and limit your time outdoors,” she said. “Keep pets inside today.”

5:13 a.m.: A wind chill advisory issued just after 3 a.m. is set to last through 1 p.m. for metro Atlanta and other parts of North Georgia, Channel 2 reported.

The wind is forecast to move at between 20 and 30 mph. 

“It will make the temps feel like 10 above to 5 below zero,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. 

5:02 a.m.: Snowfall is ending in the northwest Georgia mountains, but it will continue for the next four to five hours in other parts of the state, Channel 2 reported. An additional inch of snow is possible in many areas of Atlanta and southward with a few higher pockets.

5 a.m.: Pavement temperatures are in the mid- to low 20s, so “there will be a layer of ice under the snow on untreated roads,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said.

4:40 a.m.: “Snow will taper off later this morning, but temps stay cold which will cause icy road conditions,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. “Stay off the roads this morning.”

Eyelashes freeze, thermometer breaks as -62°C temperatures hit world's coldest village

As Americans continue to brave the winter weather, photos from a remote village in Russia might make them count their blessings that it’s not worse.

>> Here are 16 tips for keeping you, your pets and home safe in the cold

According to the experts, Oymyakon in Siberia is the world’s coldest permanently inhabited area. Recent temperatures came in at a bone-chilling -62°C, or -79.6°F.

>> Tips, warning signs for frostbite, hypothermia

In fact, it was so cold that the town’s thermometer broke.

A few pictures have indicated that bundling up is no match for the weather.

Despite this, the weather certainly hasn’t deterred the adventurous.

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It would seem that besides the thermometer, schools are the only other thing truly feeling the effects of the cold temperatures.

(H/T Twitter)

How – and when – to protect your pipes from freezing

When temperatures fall below freezing, water pipes are at risk of freezing and bursting. They can release several hundred gallons of water per hour, resulting in a big – potentially costly – mess in your home.

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What causes pipes to burst?

Pipes burst because of the pressure that's exerted when water freezes. It can exceed 2,000 pounds per square inch, so it's no match for metal or plastic pipes, which will burst under this extreme pressure.

>> Related: 5 things you won’t want to leave in a freezing car

Ice particles can also cause problems in your pipes by blocking valves or other areas.

What should you do to protect your pipes?

When temperatures are expected to drop to about 20 degrees, you should take the following steps to keep your pipes from bursting:

  • Leave water dripping or trickling slowly from your faucets. This helps reduce the buildup of pressure inside your pipes. If the water stops dripping, it could mean that ice has formed and is blocking the pipe, providing a good indication that the situation needs close monitoring.
  • Closely monitor all pipes. This is especially important for those located in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls and near electrical outlets, because these have the most exposure to cold temperatures.
  • Learn where your water shutoff valve is located. That way, you'll be able to shut it off in case your pipes burst. If your home is built on a slab, your shutoff valve is probably near your hot water tank. If you have a basement, you'll probably find your shutoff valve there. And if your home is built on a crawl space, the valve will probably be located there, under the front wall of your house. If all else fails, you can also shut the water off at the city water line's covered box near the front of your home.
  • Open cabinets beneath sinks. This is especially helpful if the sink is on an outside wall, because this helps keep the pipes underneath it warmer.
  • Use an insulating dome or similar covering. This can cover and protect outdoor spigots.
  • Check the areas around pipes and hoses that come into your home. Look for signs of daylight or outside air that's getting into your home. Block the holes with insulating foam or caulk.
  • Wrap your pipes. Look for thick foam or fiberglass insulating sleeves, UL-listed heat tape or other insulating products at a home improvement store. Wrap your pipes tightly and secure with acrylic or duct tape, cable ties, or aluminum foil tape or wire every foot or so to make sure it stays secure. Wrapping your pipes isn't expensive, and it can save a great deal of money and aggravation.
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