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UPDATED: DeKalb Schools Closing Wednesday

Forecasts now calling for more than 2 inches of snow today and tonight in the Stone Mountain-Lithonia area.

By Jay Scott

Updated 7:20 p.m. Tuesday:
 Forecasters at the moment are saying the Stone Mountain-Lithonia area could get more than two inches of snow and sleet accumulation over the day and night.

DeKalb County Schools announced early this evening that schools will be closed Wednesday for all students and employees. Classes had been dismissed early on Tuesday because of the storm.

While some other metro school systems further to the north encountered challenges in buses getting students home, there have been no reports of problems at this writing in the immediate area. However, traffic conditions were brutal throughout the metro area this afternoon as businesses closed early and parents sought to pick up their children from school.

DeKalb County government offices closed at 2 p.m. Public Safety and Public Works will continue 24-hour operation as long as circumstances warrant.  County administrative functions will resume tomorrow with a two-hour delay, as offices will open at 10:30 a.m.

The county rezoning meeting scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  All items on the agenda will be rescheduled to Feb. 25. 

Early today, the National Weather Service expanded a winter storm warning to include the entire metro area, along with areas of the state along I-20 on both sides of the city.

The new warning, in effect from 9 a.m. Tuesday through 7 a.m. Wednesday, called for “light to moderate” snow with accumulations of 1 to 2 inches across the metro area.

"Although the snow will end close to midnight Wednesday, snow-covered roads will make for hazardous driving conditions through Wednesday morning," NWS said in its warning.

The NWS had this forecast Tuesday afternoon:

"Snow. High near 32. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. "

For Tuesday night: 

"Snow, mainly before 1 a.m. Low around 17. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible."

For Wednesday:

"A 10 percent chance of snow before 7 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph."

For Wednesday night:

"Clear, with a low around 16. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening."

"A winter storm warning for moderate snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring," NWS said. "Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency."

The latest winter storm warning extends through Wednesday morning. 

Check back with Patch as we follow the forecasts for this immediate area.

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