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Road conditions in Hall are good so far
Some ice accumulation seen on trees
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Forecast for Gainesville area

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Today: Rain and snow showers before 1pm, then a chance of sprinkles and flurries. High near 32. East wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight: A slight chance of flurries before 1am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 24. North wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 46. West wind around 5 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 26. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 52. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph. 

Road conditions in Hall County remained good this morning with slight ice accumulation on trees, but not enough to cause any major problems — so far.

A pair of downed power lines in the Murrayville area affecting about 26 customers was the only reported outage in Hall County, officials said.

Hall County Emergency Management Director David Kimbrell said there had been no weather-related calls involving downed tree limbs or wrecks.

The National Weather Service office in Peachtree City has issued a winter weather advisory for Northeast Georgia until 7 p.m. as most of the major precipitation front has moved out the area and the main concerns now are wind gusts and the possibility of some additional ice accumulation. The winter weather warning has been canceled.

A mixture of sleet and rain fell throughout the night with temperatures hovering around freezing, leaving about an eighth of an inch of ice accumulation on trees.

Kimbrell said that was not enough to cause problems, but if accumulation reaches a quarter-inch or more and strong winds come through, it could be a different story.

The weather service had earlier predicted snow accumulations of two to four inches, but so far there has been no significant accumulation in Hall.

Griffith said the weather pattern of heavy precipitation moved out of the area fairly quickly and is now in southeast Georgia.

"What we have now in the area is sprinkles, and that should be short-lived and significantly lighter," Griffith said.

Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft said this morning there were no power outages in the Hall County area. Some scattered outages were reported in Habersham County, he said.

Jackson EMC spokeswoman Bonnie Jones said a span of line was down and there was a broken utility pole in Murrayville affecting 26 customers, but otherwise "we're in pretty good shape."

"What we're watching very carefully is the ice accumulation on the trees and the wind," Jones said.

White County E911 dispatch supervisor Lea Sullens there were a "couple of isolated areas," with power outages, but no major problems with roads or downed trees so far.

Lumpkin County Emergency Management Director Don Seabolt said he was not aware of any power outages this morning. The county had two or three downed trees, but roads remained in good shape, he said.

"I think we dodged a bullet," Seabolt said.

There is a continued 80 percent chance of light rain through the morning, possibly mixed with snow flurries, that should subside by 1 p.m. today, Griffith said.

Winds of 5 to 10 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph are predicted for this afternoon, which could prove problematic for trees with a quarter-inch or more of ice accumulation, Griffith said.

Gainesville and Hall County is on the southern edge of the winter storm area, but some people in elevated areas could see additional ice accumulation, Griffith said.

With temperatures to continue to stay around freezing today, there is a chance of some light flurries, but Gainesville and areas south should expect only light rain, she said.

Tonight should be cloudy with a chance of snow flurries before 1 a.m. Sunday, according to the weather service.


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