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Surprise snow storm blankets Dawson
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This photo sent in by Carolyn Gibbs shows Amicalola Falls State Park covered in snow Thursday afternoon. - photo by For the Dawson County News

A surprise winter storm that rolled into town early Thursday afternoon brought as much as an of inch of unexpected snow to the area.

"Well this one snuck upon on us all, didn't it," said Dawson County Emergency Services Director Lanier Swafford.

Rain was in the forecast for later today when temperatures were warmer. But precipitation came sooner and, when mixed with frigid air, the result was snow, according to the National Weather Service.

"We're getting a lot of reports of snow in North Georgia," meteorologist Carly Kovacik said Thursday afternoon.

Dawson County was under a winter weather advisory until 10 p.m. that night.

The wintry mix of sleet and snow that continued throughout the evening caused few problems as temperatures in most areas of the county stayed above freezing.

The Dawson County School System schools closed at 2 p.m. as the mix of wintry weather moved in and roadways, especially those on the west side and in higher elevations started to get slippery from the dusting of snow and freezing rain.

County offices also closed early and after school park activities were canceled.

DCN regional staff contributed to this report.