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After snow flurries, better weather on the way, for a while

POSTED: December 10, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Light snow falls in Gainesville

Some light snow fell in Gainesville early Monday afternoon.

Some light flurries hit Gainesville on Monday, with snow showers and less than a half-inch accumulation predicted overnight in the North Georgia mountains.

Regardless of precipitation, cold temperatures gripped the area and drab, gray skies prevailed throughout the day. Counties north of Hall to the state line were under a winter weather advisory.

Snowfall overnight on Sunday resulted in the closing of school systems in Rabun and Fannin counties in extreme Northeast Georgia.

Continuing flurries throughout the day Monday led North Georgia College & State University to cancel evening classes.

Monday afternoon, roads were dry and very passable in much of North Georgia.

"We stood at the window ... for about 10 minutes and I think we counted maybe 14 snowflakes," said Operator Dennis Pauley of the Georgia State Patrol post in Toccoa, which covers Habersham, Hart, Franklin, Rabun and Stephens counties.

Overall, weather conditions could improve today.

The forecast calls for sunny skies today and Wednesday and temperatures warming to the mid-50s throughout the area by Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Cooler weather and rain could return to the area by Wednesday night, with the mercury dropping as low as 28 in Gainesville by Friday night.



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