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Storm didn't surprise, but freeze won't leave
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Forsyth County News


A walk down just about any Forsyth County neighborhood Monday afternoon was eerily peaceful.

Front yards of homes covered in white blankets of snow had not even a footprint, while cars rested in driveways with only their tires showing.

The Southern snow storm blew in overnight Sunday, dropping up to 6 inches of snow across much of Forsyth County.Sporadic periods of sleet and freezing rain followed

Dangerous driving conditions kept many indoors and several businesses closed.

A manager at the Huddle House in Cumming said the restaurant was “very busy” Monday.

On the other side of Highway 20 from the restaurant, essentials such as milk, butter and bread came off the shelves at Publix.

“I’m surprised to see quite a few customers,” said a manager, who added that the store was open for its usual hours.

Before the snow arrived, other businesses found atypical purchases in demand.

An employee at Dick’s Sporting Goods on Market Place Boulevard answered the phone Sunday afternoon in part by saying the retailer was “out of sleds.”

With schools closed Monday and Tuesday, several children were able to play in the white stuff outside.

Inside, homes stayed warm for the most part.

Though power outages plagued some areas of south and middle Georgia, metro Atlanta fared well as of late Monday, said Lynn Wallace, a spokeswoman for Georgia Power.

At the time, no Forsyth County customers had experienced outages, she said, though overnight freezing could be more likely to down power lines.

“The system is really moving quickly through Georgia, so we haven’t had any really significant accumulations to create the kind of problems that we have with more serious ice storms,” she said.

A few Sawnee EMC customers had brief and minor power outages Monday morning, said Blake House, spokesman for the utility.

“We’re not out of the woods yet, but we’re looking great right now,” House said.

In advance of the winter storm, the majority of Sawnee staff members had reported to the Cumming office at midnight.

Crews were sent out to strategic locations in order to access power outages more quickly, House said.

“We were ready,” he said. “But thank goodness, it’s been very gentle.”

If customers experience power outages, House asked that they call the company as soon as possible.

He warned residents to stay away from downed power lines, treating them as live and dangerous, and to call 911.