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Swift snowstorm surprises some
School canceled Wednesday after early release Tuesday
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Visibility was hampered Tuesday morning as motorists made their way along Ga. 400 in north Forsyth. - photo by Jim Dean

Week ahead

Due to inclement weather, Forsyth County schools will be closed Wednesday.

After-school activities are also canceled. All 240-day employees should report when able.

All employees and students should plan on a regular schedule for Thursday.

The fifth-grade writing test scheduled for Wednesday will be held Thursday.

Source: Forsyth County Schools

Forsyth County residents got a vivid reminder Tuesday that winter is not over.

Snow fell across north Georgia, limiting visibility and disrupting traffic as temperatures hovered near freezing.

Local public safety officials said despite the white stuff, Tuesday morning was relatively calm.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said firefighters responded to a few minor wrecks.

He said representatives of various county divisions including fire, E-911 and the sheriff’s office, as well as Forsyth County Schools' safety department, were on watch at the county’s emergency operations center.

“It’s not an extreme call up at the [center], but enough to monitor conditions and prepare for the midday and afternoon commute,” he said.

Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins advised residents against making unnecessary trips.

It appears the snowstorm caught the local school district off guard.

While school districts in surrounding counties made the decision to close early Tuesday, the local school system went ahead with classes before later deciding to release students early.

All field trips and after-school activities were canceled.

Later in the afternoon, the school district went ahead and canceled school on Wednesday.

Jennifer Caracciolo, district spokeswoman, said schools were not closed initially Tuesday because the heaviest snow was expected to arrive later in the day.

“Once it did arrive and we saw the impact it would have on the rest of the day, we decided to implement the early release schedule, which our parents are used to for our early release days for professional development and parent-teacher conferences,” she said.

Caracciolo said the district’s transportation and safety departments usually make the decision to close or delay school by about 5:30 a.m., after consulting with local law enforcement and emergency management officials.

“By that time [Tuesday], the conditions were fine to allow for opening of the schools and proceed as usual,” she said. “Immediately when we saw the storm and how long it was going to be staying we made the call as early as possible so parents could plan to get their children home.”

Caracciolo said school officials will meet to review Tuesday’s decision process and procedures for school closings and delays.

According to the National Weather Service, Wednesday should be partly sunny with a high near 47 degrees and a low near 29.

Thursday’s high temperature will be about the same, with lows in the high 20s Thursday night.

The weather is expected to warm up this weekend, when highs high temperatures Saturday and Sunday may reach the low to mid-60s. Low temperatures will range from 29 to 37 degrees.