Temperatures stayed too warm for freezing precipitation to cause a problem in Middle Georgia, but too much rain has closed schools in Telfair County and the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail in Macon.
The heavy rain puddling on dirt roads makes travel treacherous for buses and other vehicles, so Thursday classes are cancelled for students, but teachers were to report at 10 a.m., according to the school district’s Facebook page.
Meanwhile, the Macon-Bibb County Parks & Beautification Department will monitor the rising river levels and determine when the trail is safe to reopen. That is expected to happen as early as Friday afternoon, according to a news release.
National Weather Service meteorologists report the southern edge of the snowfall was about 50 miles north of what was predicted, which spared the bulk of metro Atlanta from snow and ice.
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Preliminary snow totals show Trenton in Dade County in northwest Georgia received 8.9 inches of snow with other North Georgia counties reporting at least 6 inches of snow.
In northeast Georgia, Blairsville got 7.1 inches.
Other North Georgia snowfall totals include: Dalton with 6.8 inches, Rome had 5.2 inches, 4.6 inches for Dahlonega, Canton received 3.4 inches, Gainesville just under an inch and Lawrenceville got a dusting. No snow was reported in Atlanta or Athens.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday for north of a line from Cedartown to Canton to Cleveland.
Although the snow has ended, accumulated snow on the roads and black ice will create slick roads until mid-morning Thursday.
Middle Georgia dries out under mostly cloudy skies Thursday and a high near 50 degrees. Sunshine returns Friday with high temperatures in the mid-50s.