Shouts and laughter pierced the frigid air in Gainesville, as a blanket of snow softly covered trees, roads and buildings on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Brigham Ralston, an eighth grader from Gainesville, gathered up his friends at City Park to slide down one of its big hills.
Instead of grabbing a sled like his friends, Ralston opted for a snowboard. The group made a small slope, which added a little air to their descent.
“I’ve been snowboarding since I was 7 years old,” Ralston said. “I usually go to West Virginia to snowboard.”
Around half a mile south of the park, students and employees from Brenau University played on the lawn in front of Pearce Auditorium.
A large snowman sat in the middle of the field, offering a cheery memorial for the wintry day.
“His name is Little Jimmy,” Travis Zuza, Brenau staff member, said with a chuckle. “I’m trying to make another really big one.”
Yixuan Chen, a senior at Brenau, crouched in the snow and worked on building a smaller snowman.
Chen, who moved from Anhui, China, to Gainesville two years ago, said she was happy to wake up to the snow.
“I think the snow is good,” Chen said. “This is my first time seeing snow in Georgia.”
Flakes were still falling as some visited the downtown square.
“It’s awesome!” Camden Whiting, a local kindergartener, said as he picked up large clumps of snow.
Cayden Whiting, Camden’s older brother, said he has never seen this much snow in Gainesville before.
“I like that you get to play in it and have a snowball fight,” Cayden said just before he took a generous bite of snow.
Chad Self and Jericho Marlow decided to sneak in a little snowball fight before their shift started at Atlas Pizza.
“This is random and thick,” Self said while laying in the snow.
The two rolled around and ducked as they flung snowballs at one another’s heads.
“I can’t remember the last time it snowed,” Marlow said. “It’s wonderful.”