Icy conditions, black ice cause damage, accidents in metro Atlanta

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Tree damage and accidents will become more likely Saturday morning as icy conditions continue to grip roads and interstates across Georgia.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain pelted the state overnight, turning roads icy and impassable in spots and making driving hazardous.

A FOX 5 crew reported heavy traffic due to an accident on northbound Interstate 85 near Buford Drive, located just south of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

Officials say a salt truck overturned on Stone Mountain Parkway, causing delays, and traffic on I-75 south was diverted due to a crash that closed the southbound lanes of the busy highway Saturday morning. 

The icy conditions forced several trees down in the area. 

Authorities are urging people to avoid unnecessary travel. As an alternative, MARTA officials say their buses and trains are running on their regular weekend schedule, as conditions allow.

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