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White Christmas rare, but safe
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Forsyth County News


The combination of the Christmas holiday and winter weather may be what made for a calm weekend.

"It was a rare white Christmas, but that's all it was," said Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers. "We had very few issues related to the weather that we responded to."

The snow begin falling Saturday morning, with accumulations by mid- to late afternoon.

"It was the perfect day for that kind of weather to come in because everybody was at home," Shivers said. "It was a very nice white Christmas for the community. It really had little to no effect on emergency services."

According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Forsyth and other counties received 1 to 4 inches of snow over the weekend. It was the first measurable snowfall on Christmas Day since 1881.

The weekend was the first of two long holiday stretches to end the year, with the New Year's Eve holiday travel period beginning Thursday night.

Shivers said the fire department made 64 runs between midnight Christmas Eve and 6 a.m. Monday.

He said 41 of the calls were for medical emergencies. Firefighters also responded to five wrecks.

The most significant collision, Shivers said, occurred Friday night on Doc Bramblett Road between a sedan and a county salt truck.

"We did transport three patients from that incident to the hospital," he said. "The injuries weren't severe, but they were the two occupants of the sedan and the driver of the county vehicle."

Shivers noted that the weekend of snow and freezing temperatures was nothing like the icy night a couple of weeks ago that kept emergency responders busy.

He said the wreck on Doc Bramblett was probably the most serious incident public safety officials dealt with over the weekend.