Updated 2:02 p.m.
Post offices in Lithia Springs and Powder Springs will not be able to deliver mail Monday because vehicles from a distribution center couldn't make it to the offices. “We'll try again tomorrow if we can,” said Danny Hooks, with the Powder Springs office.
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Sheila Newberry woke up for work at 4 a.m., two hours before her shift at Waffle House, so she would have time to slowly navigate icy roads Monday.
Thankfully, she said, her boss came to pick her up after she got ready, but they didn’t make it to the Marietta Street restaurant in Powder Springs until 7:30 a.m.
“We’re open 24/7, no matter what,” Newberry, a server, said by phone Monday morning.
And if you open, she added, they will come.
“We’re filling up now,” she said. “We got a couple of regulars, and other people, they’re just out. People are taking it slow around here."
They’re taking it slow, of course, because of the snowstorm that swept through the Atlanta area starting Sunday night, prompting Gov. Sonny Perdue to declare a state of emergency during his last night in office.
School, business and government closings filled news reports even before the snow had reached its full fury. Douglas and Cobb schools, all government offices in those counties, and Powder Springs city departments were closed.
“We’re shut down,” Powder Springs City Manager Rick Eckert said. “It’s just ice, and we got snow all over everything.”
Eckert said a decision on reopening Powder Springs offices for Tuesday would be made Monday afternoon. Public Works employees have been making sure bridges are salted, but other than that, there’s not much more the city can do, he said.
“We’re doing what little bit we can,” the city manager said. “Nobody’s going anywhere.”
Among those who made it out Monday morning was Josephine Smith, a Powder Springs Post Office employee. Even though she lives close by, it took her 25 minutes to drive to the office because "it was kind of hard to get here.”
With a short staff, she said a decision about mail delivery would be made sometime Monday.
“If they send us off, we’ll do the best we can,” Smith said.
The forecast for the rest of Monday includes continued chances for freezing rain, with a high of 30 degrees, said Nate Mayes, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Peachtree City office. For Tuesday, he said, there is still a chance for freezing rain, though not as great as Monday.
Since the storm started late Sunday, Mayes said there has been between 2 and 4 inches of snow in the Powder Springs-Lithia Springs area, with higher inch counts spread throughout Georgia.
“We’ve had some in the northwest part of the state with 8 inches,” he said.
Mayes said that because Monday hasn’t ended yet, the weather service won’t have exact snow statistics until Tuesday.
There have been no major weather-related incidents in Powder Springs, police Sgt. Lane Cadwell said. He said he didn’t have any traffic numbers from overnight, but since he arrived Monday morning, everything has gone smoothly.
“It’s been pretty quiet all morning,” Cadwell said, adding that everyone should stay indoors if possible. “The roads aren’t going to get any better throughout the day.”
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department could not immediately be reached Monday morning.
Employees of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office said they didn’t know how many traffic incidents happened because of snow in the county, but they also advised that everyone stay indoors.
Susan Smelser, owner of the Book Worm Bookstore in downtown Powder Springs, agrees, which is why she didn’t open today.
“This is the first time we’ve actually had to close that I didn’t at least attempt to go in,” she said. “Usually when it snows, you see the tracks on the streets, but there’s nothing.”
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