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Schools, governments, businesses close early due to winter weather
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The National Weather Service holds a briefing at the Hall County Emergency Management Agency Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, on the upcoming cold weather moving into the area overnight. - photo by Scott Rogers

Harsher winter weather than was expected has forced school systems and others to close early.

Schools and universities
  • Gainesville schools closing one hour early. All evening and Saturday morning activities canceled.
  • Hall County Schools closing one hour early. Extra curricular events canceled tonight through at least noon Saturday. ACT exam at Johnson High School on Saturday is canceled. 
  • Lakeview Academy closing at 2 p.m. 
  • Forsyth County Schools dismissing early and after-school activities canceled today and Saturday. Elementary schools realeasing at 11:50 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Middle schools releasing at 1:30 p.m. High school releasing at 12:55 p.m.
  • Habersham County Schools closed
  • Lumpkin County Schools closed, 12-month staff report
  • University of North Georgia campuses closed
  • Brenau University closing at 2:30 p.m. 
  • Piedmont College closing at 1:30 p.m. Commencement delayed until 11 a.m. Saturday. 

Other
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier closed. 
  • Longstreet Clinic facilities closing at 3 p.m.  Pediatrics, Urgent Care, Mammography, CT and MRI will delay opening until 10 a.m. Saturday.  
  • Gainesville Parks and Recreation facilities, including the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center,  closing at 2 p.m. The Gainesville Civic Center will be open Friday evening for a scheduled rental. All facilities are set to open 9 a.m. Saturday.
  • Hall County government facilities closing at 2 p.m. All Friday and Saturday morning activities at community centers canceled, including Pancakes with Santa. A decision will be made at 9 a.m. Saturday on whether to open community centers later in the day. 
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