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Hall gets winter test run with taste of snow, sleet
Snow in forecast for Friday, Saturday could test agencies further
Large snowflakes began falling Wednesday afternoon in Habersham County and soon began accumulating. - photo by Michelle Boaen Jameson

A wintry mix gave local agencies a warm-up Wednesday on their winter weather action plans.

They may get to pull out the plans again by Friday, with a forecast of rain and snow showers.

Winter response went well Wednesday, with the threat of ice serving “as yet another opportunity for Hall County crews to prepare for future weather events should they pose a more serious issue,” spokeswoman Katie Crumley said.

David Dockery, Gainesville’s public works director, said city crews also didn’t run into kinks.

“We have used lessons learned from the past few events and have better equipment and better procedures than we have had in year’s past,” he said.

Snow accumulated in counties to the north, however.

Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway/Ga. 384 and Ga. 180 in Union County were closed Wednesday afternoon.

Department of Transportation crews treated other state routes with salt and gravel, including Ga. 183 in Dawson County, U.S. 129 in White County, Ga. 17 in Habersham and Union counties, Ga. 180 and Ga. 60 in White and Union counties and Ga. 2 in Union, Towns and Rabun counties.

Rain is in the National Weather Service forecast for Thursday through 8 p.m. Friday in Gainesville, with the potential for more than inch of rain in that time. The forecast calls for the precipitation to turn to snow around 8 p.m. Friday and continue off and on through about 8 p.m. Saturday.

Students were released early from Gainesville and Hall schools while systems in some other counties were closed.

School is on regular schedule today for the Hall and Gainesville districts.

See full list of closings.

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