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Snow, ice likely to stick around
Authorities urge extreme caution
deep snow
North Forsyth residents woke to over five inches of dry, powdery snow on Monday morning - photo by Jim Dean

A winter storm blanketed Forsyth County in snow overnight Sunday, closing schools, government offices and many businesses today and making travel treacherous.

Snow, which has at times changed over to sleet and freezing rain, made many roads impassable. Those that were required extreme caution to navigate.

Authorities were urging residents to stay off the roads unless there was an emergency.

The Forsyth County school system made the decision to close Sunday afternoon as the storm barreled down on Georgia.

The decision applied to all students and staff. In addition, any athletic events and extracurricular activities were also postponed.

The winter weather also forced the closure of Forsyth County government offices and many businesses. All parks and recreation activities were cancelled.

Five to six inches of snow fell in some spots across the county.

The snow and/or wintry mix is expected to continue throughout the day. A winter weather warning remains in effect for North Georgia, including Forsyth County, until 7 tonight.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the 20s all day, with winds gusts up to 20 mph.

And there's a chance the snow and ice won't be going anywhere for a while.

The National Weather Service forecast shows daytime high temperatures may not reach above freezing until Thursday or Friday.