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Atlanta prepared for ice, snow after learning from past

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This week's extreme weather brings ice, sleet and snow that affects more areas than the other recent cold blasts. That includes in the city of Atlanta, where crews and plenty of equipment are ready to go starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Crews from the city's Department of Public Works will monitor and pretreat several bridges and roadways considered "priority" routes within city limits, about 200 miles total.

A severe winter storm caught the city off-guard and unprepared three years ago. Officials expected that storm to last two days. But it locked the city down for five days.

Richard Mendoza at Public Works says officials have since learned their lesson.

During that massive storm in 2011 Atlanta had only eight snow plows and four sand trucks to handle the entire city. Now, the city has 40 snow plows and 30 sand trucks.

"So we're much better prepared," says Mendoza. "We've actually gone through some dry-run exercises. Our crews are already assigned their equipment, they're assigned their routes and when we mobilize our response plan, we'll have everything in place so that we'll be able to go out and effectively treat our roads."

City officials remind residents to be prepared now, too. They point out this winter mix means you should plan ahead and give yourself extra time to arrive. Make sure to have the proper equipment at home and in your car, like extra cell phone batteries and tire chains. And slow down when driving. The faster you go, the longer it takes to stop on icy roads.

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