Snow show a brief blast

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A mix of sleet and snow hit the Augusta area Wednesday afternoon and lingered into the night, causing some minor wrecks and at least four school systems in South Carolina to delay classes for today.

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<b>IN ATLANTA</b> snow falls as Emily Distel (right) and Elyssa Mactas take a walk through Centennial Park in downtown Atlanta.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
IN ATLANTA snow falls as Emily Distel (right) and Elyssa Mactas take a walk through Centennial Park in downtown Atlanta.

The wintry mix was forecast to turn into rain by this morning, with today's high expected in the upper 40s.

Officials in Edgefield, Barnwell, McCormick and Saluda counties decided Wednesday afternoon to delay their classes today by two hours.

Pam Tucker, Columbia County's emergency services director, said Wednesday night that the storm had not caused icing on tree limbs or major problems for motorists in her county.

"We've only had one reported minor accident," she said, referring to a wreck on North Belair Road near Wesley United Methodist Church. "All is well. Everyone is just enjoying looking at the snow."

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, emergency workers reported two weather-related wrecks in Richmond County and one in Burke County involving a vehicle that overturned on an overpass.

Some accumulation of snow and five wrecks with no injuries occurred in McDuffie County on Wednesday night, dispatchers said. A Cobbham Road overpass at Interstate 20 had also briefly iced over.

Counties north of I-20 and east of Interstate 75 were expected to have the greatest potential for ice. Officials advised drivers planning to head toward Atlanta today to wait for warmer weather. Atlanta temperatures were not expected to rise above freezing until about 11 a.m.

Travelers to Columbia should see wet weather, with most of the icy conditions expected farther north, said Jim Kilmer, of the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

Mike Keene, area engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation, suggested that people check for up-to-date traffic and weather conditions on the DOT's Navigator Web site, www.georgia-navigator.com.

Staff Writers Adam Folk and Julia Sellers contributed to this article.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.

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GuyIncognito
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GuyIncognito 01/17/08 - 08:10 am
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Brrrr!!!!!

Brrrr!!!!!

mable8
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mable8 01/17/08 - 10:16 am
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Wow! A little bit of the

Wow! A little bit of the white fluff and people panic. When I went to the store for a loaf of bread and a few other minor items, nary a loaf was on the shelves. Good grief, folks, it's only snow and not like we're having a forecasted blizzard!!!

dthompson
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dthompson 01/17/08 - 12:52 pm
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True that it wasn't a

True that it wasn't a blizzard out last night and I tend to agree that people often over-react at the sign of bad weather. However, I vividly recall the ice storm we had a few years ago that was NOT forecasted for our area and it created a huge mess. Some areas were without power for hours, some for days. Many roads were impassable due to fallen trees and power lines. Since our area rarely sees this type of weather, its not a bad idea to be prepared. I personally hoped for more snow last night so my children and I could enjoy it today....maybe next time kids.

Rose
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Rose 01/17/08 - 01:06 pm
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3 of my grandkids saw snow

3 of my grandkids saw snow for the 1st time last night. I remember when we use to see 2-4 inches every year.

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