North Georgia cold, snow closes schools; power outages reported

ATLANTA - Bitter cold and light snow caused schools in Union County to cancel classes, while high winds toppled trees onto power lines, leaving as many as 3,000 Georgia Power customers without electricity.

The National Weather Service says the temperature dropped to 16 degrees early this morning in Atlanta, where the wind chill was zero.

Freezing temperatures covered the entire state, with Albany checking in at 25, Brunswick 31, Savannah 25 and Valdosta 29.

The cold spot was Rome at 14 degrees.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Lynn Wallace says by 5 a.m. power had been restored to all but about 200 customers, most of those in the Stockbridge area.

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