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Threat of snow prompts officials to err on the side of caution
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Milk and bread began disappearing from grocery shelves early last week as threats of ice and snow blew into the area.

Kids were at home watching out the windows for the first flakes to fall as road crews readied for what turned out to be little more than a dusting of powder in most areas of Dawson County.

Still motorists appeared to yield the warnings to stay home and off the streets to avoid injury.

Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford said the call volume during the winter weather resulted in a "relatively quiet weekend."

While the real snow missed much of the county, aside from the higher elevations on the north end, city and county road crews were prepared for whatever the winter weather system that continues to blanket the east coast was to bring this way.

Officials opted to err on the side of caution, making that call by 5 p.m. Thursday that county government offices would be closed Friday in anticipation of the weather system that was predicted to drop as much as 6-8 inches of snow and a half inch of ice in the area.

"I decided it was better to go ahead and tell the employees to stay home Friday rather than they risk being on the roads driving in and then have to send them right back home," said County Commission Chairman Mike Berg.

The city of Dawsonville remained open Friday, though City Manager David Headley said he closely monitored the situation and kept close observation on the changing weather patterns.

Schools were closed on Wednesday and Friday. Make up days have not been determined yet.
"We are working on it and will be making an announcement on Wednesday," said School Superintendent Damon Gibbs.