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Snow and wind combine to bring bitter conditions

7:54 PM, Mar 6, 2013   |    comments
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UNION COUNTY, Ga - The National Weather Service says portions of the north Georgia mountains received as much as four inches of snow, but it was the biting wind that caused the biggest problems.

In Union County, winds toppled a tree that took down a power pole near the Appalachian Trail.

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"I was in the store and all the lights went out," said Jack Tarlin of the Mountain Crossing Store. "We knew there was a storm. The wind has been gusting at 40 to 50 miles per hour."

Evan Smith and Jeremy Slappy are on their way to Maine, traveling along the snow covered Appalachian Trail.

"It's going to be a long brutal day," said Slappy.

"I knew it was going to be cold in the Smokies, but I didn't expect Georgia to be this cold," said Smith.

Crews from the Georgia Department of Transportation hit the roads of north Georgia beginning around 1 a.m. The snowfall was light but constant from early morning into the afternoon.

Union County emergency dispatchers reported a couple of early morning accidents, but said otherwise drivers seemed to handle the snow just fine. Most of the mountain roads were clear.

The conditions seem perfect for Jason Clemmons to sell his roadside firewood and boiled peanuts, but he claims there hasn't been enough snow, and too much wind.

"When it's a real cold wind like this people are staying in," said Clemmons.

The DOT is warning that any moisture on the mountain roadways will likely freeze overnight, and could create slick spots for drivers Thursday morning.

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