The blink of an eye was all it took for sleet to turn to snow in some Middle Georgia counties today.
By 4 p.m., many areas to the north of Macon were reporting light to moderate snowfall and minimal accumulation.
Baldwin, Butts, Jasper, Lamar and Monroe counties, where snow continued to fall for nearly two hours, reported no serious traffic accidents or weather-related emergencies.
A fatal traffic accident on Ga. 22 in Baldwin County this morning did not appear to be winter weather-related, according to officials.
Most of the midstate experienced daytime temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s, accompanied by bouts of sleet and slushy rain throughout the afternoon.
Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Peach, Pulaski, Twiggs, Upson and Wilkinson counties received a fair share of sleet but no snow, according to sheriff's offices there.
By 8 p.m., most of the snow that fell had melted away.
The National Weather Service reported two areas south of Atlanta where snow did accumulate: about a 1/4 inch in Washington County and 3 1/4 inches in Douglas County.
The grounds at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta got a mild whitening, with .4 inches reported.
Portions of the state, not including the Macon area, remain under a winter weather advisory tonight. The low in Macon will be about 35, made to feel much chillier by occasional gusts of wind.
Generally, Middle Georgia roads should be free from icing and slushing Thursday. Headed north to Atlanta, however, drivers are advised to be alert for those conditions.
"If you're traveling north on I-75 up toward Atlanta, there are patches of ice and areas where there's some slushy sleet on the ground. That could make conditions kind of dangerous throughout sunrise (Thursday)," said Stephen Konarik, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
Konarik said regional weather forecasts through Friday will continue to include rain and cold temperatures.
"It should be mostly rain from this point on, perhaps a few embedded sleet showers and temperatures in the mid-30s to mid-40s by Thursday afternoon," he said. "We might have another close call with winter precipitation Friday night with a chance of snow north and west of Macon."