Even before the first raindrops fell, Jagannathan Santhanam had decided to throw in the towel.
"I will work from home and keep my kids home, too," the software developer said. "It was not fun, especially with family members stranded for more than 24 hours in different places during the last storm."
Charles Davidson also opted for a similar strategy.
"My wife and I decided a few days ago that we were going to get groceries early in the day, and we're going to stay in," he said. "We're going to stick around for the next two or three days."
It took Davidson more than seven hours to get from Georgia Tech near downtown Atlanta to his home in Marietta, a northwest suburb, during the earlier storm.
Flights affected throughout South
The system was taking its toll on air travel across the region.
Airlines announced more than 2,400 flight cancellations Tuesday ahead of the storms. The greatest concentrations, according to Flight Aware.com, are in airports in Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham.
Delta Air Lines said Tuesday that some employees at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport would sleep on planes because there weren't enough hotel rooms for them. On Wednesday, though, a Delta spokesman said employees did not end up sleeping on planes after all.
Snow, sleet and rain are in the forecast through Wednesday morning, with temperatures in the 30s. By Wednesday, ice on the roads could make driving "hazardous or impossible," forecasters from the National Weather Service warned.
The storm already dumped sleet and snow in Texas and Arkansas, and could bring snow as far north as Pennsylvania and New Jersey later in the week. Washington is bracing for nasty weather Wednesday and Thursday.
When the last storm struck two weeks ago in Georgia, roads were gridlocked almost instantaneously as commuters fled Atlanta en masse. Thousands of children across northern Georgia spent the night in schools, and countless motorists endured commutes of more than 20 hours, if they were lucky enough to get home at all.
Snowed Out Atlanta, the Facebook group where Georgians asked for and offered help during the last storm, was ramping back up Monday.
The forum posted alerts about school closings and the possibility of power outages and tips on how to prepare for the storm.
And there were also -- shall we say -- more practical tips. One featured a drift packed with a variety of brews.
Says the caption: "The best part about snow is that it keeps my beer extra cold."
There's nothing like a silver lining.