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Quick thaw unlikely
Winter Wonderland 2 es
Autumn King and Tim Samples walk on a trail in Sawnee Mountain Preserve Thursday afternoon while it snowed heavily. - photo by Emily Saunders


* Ice wreaks havoc.

Temperatures were unlikely to rise above freezing until at least Sunday, making travel difficult for most of the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, today's forecast calls for a high temperature of 31 degrees and a low of 17.

Sunday should be sunny with a high about 35 and a low of 16. Monday should warm up to about 40, with a low of 21.

Forsyth County spokeswoman Jodi Gardner said road crews worked throughout Thursday night and Friday in an effort to salt and sand main thoroughfares.

She said there were some temporary road closures due to wrecks, though none were permanent.

The Georgia Department of Transportation also had crews working on state roads.

Towing companies were hard at work, responding to wrecks and reports of vehicles sliding into ditches or fences.

Louie Jackson said Jackson Towing and Garage was “wide open all day long” Friday.

“It’s usually just one-car accidents,” he said.

A man who answered the phone at Ingram’s Renegade Towing said they were “slam covered up.”

The Forsyth County school system released students early Thursday and was closed Friday.

As a result of the weather, Jennifer Caracciolo, district spokeswoman, said report cards will be sent home Tuesday instead of Monday.