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Surprise winter weather rolls into town
Schools, government offices close early
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Area closings:

All Dawson County School after school activities.

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners Voting Session set for 6 p.m. today has been cancelled. The meeting is rescheduled for 6 p.m. on March 8.

The University of North Georgia campuses in Dahlonega and Blue Ridge closed earlier today. The Gainesville and Cumming campuses are closing at 3:30 p.m.

Lanier Technical College closed at 3 p.m.

All park and rec activities at Veterans Memorial and Rock Creek parks are cancelled. The parks closed at 4 p.m. today.



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

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

Dawson County is under a winter weather advisory until 10 p.m. Thursday.

Snow and sleet will continue in northeast Georgia through the evening. Much of this activity should transition to light rain as temperatures gradually rise into the nighttime hours, according to Swafford.

The Dawson County School System schools closed at 2 p.m. as the mix of wintry weather moved in.

Emergency officials are warning that several roads on the west side of town are starting to get slippery from the dusting of snow and freezing rain.

Rain showers across north Georgia are expected through the afternoon and have the potential to produce periods of sleet or snow as they combine with cold air near the surface, Swafford said.

Higher elevations and localized areas are likely to receive slightly higher amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

While many roadways remain above freezing, due to the heavy nature of some of the snowfall, some roads could become slushy and slick which would lead to travel complications, according to Ryan Willis with the National Weather Service.

Roads in higher elevations and less traveled areas will be more likely to experience slick conditions.