🌱 ATL: Tornado Threats To Snow + Dickens Inauguration + Air Woes

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Morning, neighbors! Kathy Cioffi here with your brand-new Atlanta Daily.

First, today's weather:

Cooler; windy in the morning. High: 46 Low: 30.

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Here are the top 5 stories in Atlanta today:

  1. First, we had a few days of warm temperatures, humidity, thunderstorms and tornados. Now, much of metro Atlanta could be waking up to a bit of snow. Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon said a light dusting of snow is possible for much of Cobb and the northern parts of Fulton and DeKalb counties. Some flurries are also possible for the very southern tip of Fulton County. While an accumulation is not expected, roadways could be slippery during the early-morning hours. Today's high in metro Atlanta will be in the mid-40s, but will feel more like the high 30s. Rain will end early and bring in sunny, clear skies for most of the day. (Free: Fox 5 Atlanta; Subscription: The Atlanta Journal Constitution)

  2. Today, Andre Dickens will be sworn in as Atlanta's 61st mayor during a ceremony at his alma mater, Georgia Tech. Saturday, however, Dickens spent New Year's Day giving back to the community. "The first day of this year is a fantastic way to show we are all about service, all about commitment to [the] people of Atlanta," he said. After packing cars with groceries in Adamsville and assembling personal hygiene kits at Nancy Creek Park, Dickens played a game of Wiffle ball at Piedmont Park. Sunday, a virtual interfaith prayer service was held. And today at 1 p.m., Dickens' inauguration will be held at Bobby Dodd Stadium. To register, go to MovingATLForward.com. Proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test within the last 24 hours and masks are required for all inaugural events. (CBS46 News Atlanta)

  3. If you're heading to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport today, officials are urging an early arrival due to high passenger volume, potential weather issues and staffing woes amid a COVID-19 surge. By 3 p.m. Sunday in Atlanta, 60 flights had been canceled and 154 flights were delayed, according to the tracking service FlightAware. That number was far above the airport’s 2021 daily average of 10 flight cancellations. Nationally, FlightAware reported over 2,300 U.S. flights had been canceled by Sunday afternoon and another 4,279 were delayed. As for today's potential flight issues, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory beginning at midnight through 9 a.m. for portions of North Georgia, where a mix of rain and snow could bring up to 2 inches of snow. (Free: FOX 5 Atlanta; Subscription: The Atlanta Journal Constitution)

  4. During the first hour of 2022, Emory Healthcare ushered in the New Year with three special deliveries – all girls! The first baby born in 2022 at Emory Decatur Hospital was a baby girl to mom Corinna, arriving at 12:08 a.m. Twenty-five minutes later, baby girl Harper was the first delivery of the New Year at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Then, at 12:49 a.m., baby girl Caroline was the first baby to arrive at Emory Johns Creek Hospital in 2022. (Emory News Center)

  5. The Atlanta Gladiators are kicking off the new year with a health and wellness initiative on Jan. 14. With a focus on mental health and sobriety, Nikki Worthy, Gladiators sales manager, said the Mental Health Awareness Night will be a way to use the "power of sports" to engage and strengthen the community. “The Atlanta Gladiators are striving to leave a mark on the metro Atlanta area," added Community Outreach Coordinator Sidnee Berch, and the team looks forward to presenting a variety of similar promotions going into next season. The Jan. 14 event will be open to anyone who has purchased a game ticket, available at: www.fevo.me/mentalhealth (Free: AtlantaGladiators.com; Subscription: Atlanta Journal Constitution)

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Today in Atlanta:

  • Teacher Workday for all Fulton County Schools (ALL DAY)

  • USO Sandwich Day at the American Legion (ALL DAY)

  • Holiday Office Closure for the City of South Fulton (ALL DAY)

  • Kickin' Asthma: An Asthma Self-Management Course for Youth at the DeKalb County Public Library (5:00 PM)

  • From Family Historian to Genealogist at the DeKalb County Public Library (6:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • A look back over 2021 would not be complete if the City of Atlanta Police Department did not highlight our elite Air Unit. When patrol officers need help tracking a fleeing suspect, a stolen car, lost person, or need elevated eyes on other situations, they make a call and in no time, the flight crew is on Phoenix Air fully engaged and ready for action. Suspects learn quickly that when Phoenix goes up, their escape adventure is short lived. They can run but they can’t hide. We cannot overstate the importance of this team and this critical resource in our crime-fighting endeavors. When our patrol officers and Phoenix join forces, bad guys end up in handcuffs. We’ve compiled some of their coolest and most intense action videos from incidents this past year. (Facebook)

  • MARTA is now offering a signing bonus up to $3,000. MARTA is hiring bus operators & technicians! Join us for a job fair at MARTA Headquarters on Sat., Jan. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon and become part of our team of #MARTAheroes who keep Atlanta moving. (Facebook)

  • What a way to usher in 2022, with an incredible snap of @mercedesbenzstadium @statefarmarena via @skydbproductions! #atlantasnaps (Instagram)

  • Atlanta Falcons fans, with this catch, Kyle Pitts has broken Julio Jones’ franchise record for MOST receiving yards by a rookie. (📺: FOX) (Instagram)

  • Did you know the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation Youth football program competed in the 22nd Annual Choo-Choo Bowl in Chattanooga, TN. This bowl lasts two days and is one of the best youth tournaments to date. #StrengthInUnity (Facebook)

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Kathy Cioffi

This article originally appeared on the Atlanta Patch

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