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Dade residents woke to a winter wonderland last Thursday morning after heavy snow blanketed the area. The valley received approximately 5-6 inches of the white powder while the mountains reported a foot of snow in some locations. Thursday was the second time that the county received snow last week. On Tuesday the county received between 3-4 inches of snow, mainly in the south end of the county and on the mountains.

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


Mother Nature was again the big newsmaker last week as the north Georgia area was hit by another big winter storm that produced a lot of snow for the area.

On Tuesday most of Dade County saw the white stuff blanket the ground with the south end of the county getting as much as four inches while parts of the north end of the county didn’t get any at all.

That was not the case on Wednesday however as the day was filled with sleet and freezing rain before the snow moved in late in the afternoon.

Once it started snowing it didn’t let up for several hours and amounts ranged from five inches in the valley to up to a foot on the mountains.

The wet snow made for a winter wonderland that isn’t seen in this area very often. The results were lots of trees down, power outages due to falling trees and limbs as well as numerous accidents. The accidents were not as numerous as in previous winter events since the snow started in late afternoon after most residents were already home from work.

Dade woke up to a winter wonderland on Thursday as the sky was clear and bright sunshine made for breathtaking scenery all over the county.

By Thursday afternoon most of the roads were clear and only varying amounts of the snow remained.

That was enough however to cause schools to close again on Friday. Having already missed several days a couple of weeks ago due to bad weather Dade County schools were out an additional four days last week.

The school makeup days were to be discussed at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting and a full report of that meeting will be in the next week’s edition of the Sentinel.

For now temperatures have moderated and the threat of bad weather has disappeared from the forecast but who knows what the remaining weeks of winter might hold in store for the area.

Set back and watch, so far it has been an exciting winter!


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