0

Clayton County crippled by Leon’s winter blast

Tempertures in Jonesboro were tumbling below the freezing point by 2:30 p.m. as a blanket of snow began to cover metro Atlanta Tuesday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Tempertures in Jonesboro were tumbling below the freezing point by 2:30 p.m. as a blanket of snow began to cover metro Atlanta Tuesday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

photo

Ice began to form on the undercarriages of vehicles by 3 p.m. Tuesday as a snow storm moved through metro Atlanta and crippled the area. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

photo

Several drivers were unable to make it up the snowy slick hill on Thornton Road in Jonesboro Tuesday during a rare winter storm. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

photo

Few drivers were on the roads in Jonesboro Tuesday. Those brave enough to battle the snow were barely moving on the snow-slick roads. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

photo

The snow came down for several hours Tuesday in Clayton County quickly covering grassy areas before sticking to the roads. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

photo

Roads quickly became covered during Tuesday’s rare snow storm in Clayton County. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

photo

Tire tracks quickly became covered in the snow laden streets of Clayton County Tuesday. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

JONESBORO — The road that leads to Tara was more like an ice skating rink this week as Winter Storm Leon shutdown roadways and governments alike in Clayton County.

The storm simply wrought havoc on the area Tuesday and Wednesday. The National Weather Services’ website shows temperatures stayed in the 20’s throughout Tuesday, but quickly tumbled in the early morning hours of Wednesday. In Jonesboro, the free fall didn’t stop until temperatures hit 12 degrees at 8 a.m.

Although temperatures quickly got into the high 20s Wednesday, they tumbled again overnight and bottomed out at 14 degrees between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Officially, the National Weather Service’s website shows 0.23 inches of snow fell in the Jonesboro area. However, Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services officials announced on Twitter that they’d received as much as three inches at their headquarters in Riverdale by Tuesday night.