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Snow photos: Midtown ATL a ghost town as major roads left untreated

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Streets were nearly empty across the business district as major thoroughfares hit with season’s second snow

A snow-covered street.
The view up West Peachtree Street—more desolate than the intro to The Walking Dead.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Forecasts on Tuesday indicated Atlanta could see maybe an inch of snow overnight, and in the early morning hours, the city was hit with bitterly cold temperatures and accumulations of winter precipitation—more than expected intown.

As the reality of the situation settled in, schools and offices across the city announced closures, as GDOT and the City of Atlanta urged drivers to stay off the roads.

Interstates in the heart of town were passable by early morning, but a walk through Midtown highlighted just how little preparation was done to the roads.

Today’s snow—the second legitimate accumulation of white stuff this season!—marks the latest winter weather event in an unusually arctic season for Atlanta.

The bitterly cold temperatures, hovering in the low teens this morning, and strong winds make the conditions feel sub-zero outside. Just a few minutes into taking pictures, our camera froze up.

Clearly, it’s best to stay inside today!

Traffic moving along the Connector between Midtown and downtown, though surface streets posed a hazard.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
The view on West Peachtree Street, outside of Arts Center MARTA Station.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
The view down 17th Street toward the snow-covered (and deserted) bridge over the Connector.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
Snow at Pershing Point, across from the under-construction Ascent Midtown.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
A truck stuck on West Peachtree, at 18th Street.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
West Peachtree Street near its intersection with Peachtree, covered in a sheet of snow.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
Peachtree Street snowed over, in front of SCAD.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta