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Dawson weathers snow, ice with no major accidents
Storm disrupts school, sports
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Young boys in a neighborhood off Dawson Forest Road pull a sled behind their four-wheeler on icy roads on Saturday morning. - photo by Allie Dean Dawson County News

When Dawson County residents woke up Saturday morning, they looked out their windows to find a world blanketed in several inches of fresh, powdery snow.

Dawson County received between 2 and 5 inches of snow and ice on Friday and Saturday due to winter storm Helena, which blew through parts of the southeast and left much of the Appalachian mountain region covered in a swath of snow.

Kids could be seen outside playing Friday night and Saturday morning, building snowmen and sledding down hills. Many tobogganers slid down the hill by the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday, as kids in other parts of the county resorted to more mechanical modes of transportation.

Braden Crane, 10, lives on Dawson Forest Road with his parents and older sister. Crane tied a sled to the back of the family four-wheeler, and with his sister driving, slid around their backyard in a long figure eight.

Other children hooked sleds to their four-wheelers and go carts, taking the icy curves at fast speeds, spinning donuts in deserted streets. Many families built snowmen that were still standing Monday morning when much of the ground snow had already melted.

Snow counts at fire station No. 1 in Dawsonville were at 2.5 inches on Saturday morning, while reports from the Burnt Mountain station No. 8 said snow reached between 4 and 5 inches there.
The few inches of snow disrupted few, but with temperatures hovering in the teens both Saturday and Sunday nights, anything that managed to melt during the day turned back into ice overnight.

Many back roads were covered in ice throughout the weekend, making them hazardous to travel on. Many who were forced out onto the roads on Saturday and Sunday met with black ice.

According to Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford, there were eight weather-related accidents this weekend with only one minor injury. No patients were transported by EMS personnel.

Power outages were minimal, and Amicalola EMC, Sawnee EMC and Georgia Power all reported no outages across the county on their websites.

Swafford said Monday afternoon that road conditions were improving greatly, and that state roads were back to normal conditions. Secondary county roads still had icy areas in shady spots.

All Dawson County schools were closed on Monday due to impassable secondary roads and were delayed two hours on Tuesday.

Friday night's basketball game at East Hall was postponed and rescheduled for Jan. 14. Junior varsity girls will play at 3 p.m., junior varsity boys will play at 4:30 p.m., varsity girls will play at 6 p.m. and varsity boys at 7:30 p.m.

Due to inclement weather, the Dawson County Transfer Station and all Dawson County Parks closed at 5 p.m. Friday but were able to reopen on Monday.