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Schools back in session following winter weather
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Logan Sawyer enjoys his recent time out of school due to winter weather by sledding in downtown Dawsonville. - photo by David Renner Dawson Community News

Students are finally back in school following the past few weeks of wintry weather that left 75 percent of the county without power and nearly 1,000 trees down in the area for several days.

Schools had been closed to students for nearly two weeks, with ice, snow and other wintry mixes closing doors from Feb. 16-27 in the wake of several winter storms.

"I met with my cabinet [Monday] morning and plan to meet with principals to finalize make-up plans for missed days," said Dawson County School Superintendent Damon Gibbs Tuesday. "We will be letting everyone know the plan as soon as we know for sure how to approach this."

Dawson County Emergency Services prepared for another week of ice and lack of power after Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency early last week, where an estimated six inches of snow in lower regions and up to eight inches in higher altitudes was expected.

"All of these type of situations are what emergency services were called on to try and address during the past winter weather events," said Dawson County Emergency Services Director Lanier Swafford.

According to the National Weather Service, a warmer weather system came through at the last minute, lowering the projected frigid temperatures to just above freezing.

This caused the snow to be substantially less and melt sooner than anticipated.

"I was expecting more. I was expecting things to stay frozen for longer and not warm up as much as it did the next day," said Sandy Sawyer, a local mother, Thursday afternoon.

"While it was nice to have a snow day off from work, it was pretty disappointing. The kids used up all the snow for sledding first thing, so we came to city hall to sled. Now all of it is almost melted, too."