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Closes, delays coming for Thursday
Buford Highway at Market Place Blvd
Buford Highway near Market Place Blvd. did not look like you would expect a Georgia road to look. - photo by Jim Dean

All state offices will be closed Thursday, as will Forsyth County and most neighboring school systems.  The city of Cumming plans to open most of its offices for business at 10 a.m., and Forsyth County will follow at 11 a.m. State traffic court scheduled for 9 a.m. is cancelled, and those with court dates will receive a notice with a new date, according to a press release by Forsyth County.  Lanier Technical College will keep all of its campus locations closed on Thursday, but the University of North Georgia says their campuses will open at 11 a.m. 

Overnight, conditions are expected to remain slippery in areas, with black ice a distinct possibility according to local officials, who are still advising people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.  

Cpl. Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, said that as of about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, there had been about 15 wrecks reported on roadways as a result of the hazardous conditions.

Matt Sena, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City said some areas of Forsyth County got as much as two inches of frozen precipitation overnight.

Sena said road conditions will only get worse this evening and remain problematic into tomorrow morning.

“The ample sunshine some of the roads may get today may help some, but it will all freeze up pretty solid by sundown as temperatures drop,” Sena said. “It will remain treacherous [on roads] all night long and well into tomorrow.”

Sena said he expects it to get above freezing by around lunchtime Thursday, which “should start melting some of this from the roads.”

He added, however, that secondary roads or shady areas could still be problematic as late as Thursday night and on into Friday morning.

Sena said Forsyth County residents can expect temperatures to reach 40 degrees for a high Thursday before plummeting again into lows in the teens Thursday night.

We've uploaded an image gallery from the snow this morning here