As crews worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of Georgians, forecasters hoped warmer temperatures combined with a few rays of sunshine would improve ice-coated roads across the state.
National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Davis said the storm lived up to predictions it would be “catastrophic” and historic.
Davis said the number of customer who lost power and the amount of ice, sleet and snow that fell make it comparable in scope to some of the worst storms to have hit metro Atlanta, including an ice storm in 2000 that left 400,000 people without power.
Davis said that as of Thursday morning, “it definitely stacks up as a top three winter weather event for Georgia.”
Georgia utility companies report that about 356,000 customers in the state were without power Thursday morning.