Here we go again: Winter storm heading for Atlanta, Southeast

Motorists jam Atlanta's downtown connector exiting the city during a winter storm on January 28.

Story highlights

  • A winter storm expected to hit the Southeast Monday night
  • Georgia, Atlanta plan to treat the streets before the storm
  • Officials lambasted after earlier storm paralyzed Atlanta
  • Birmingham, Memphis and Little Rock are also in the crosshairs
Less than two weeks after a winter storm paralyzed Atlanta, a brand new round of bad weather is bearing down on the Southeast.
The National Weather Service forecasts a 60% to 80% chance of rain, snow and sleet from Monday night through Wednesday in Atlanta. Up to 2 inches of snow could stick. A winter storm watch is in effect Monday through Wednesday morning for Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis and Little Rock.
The coming storm will be the first test for a 32-member severe weather task force created in the wake of the fallout from last month's debacle when 2.6 inches of snow shutdown Atlanta's metropolitan area.
The city of Atlanta and Georgia say they're being proactive this time, unlike two weeks ago when the storm snuck up on Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, resulting in citizen inconvenience and outrage.