Snow Piles Up in Metro Atlanta Christmas Day

9:56 PM, Dec 25, 2010   |    comments
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  • Snow starts to stick on roads (From Storm Chaser John Sibley
  • Snow comes down in White, GA (Viewer Photo Courtesy Anderson Family)
  • Snow covers branches and a cabin in the Dial area of Blue Ridge (Viewer Photo Courtesy Jeanne)
  • Sasha the Black Spitz plays in the snow (Viewer Photo from Scott Anna in Blairsville)
  • Delta cancelled hundreds of flights ahead of Christmas Day winter weather (Viewer Photo)
  • Courtesy: Kurtis Kidd Blairsville
  • Snow Falls in Rabun County (Viewer Photo Courtesy Lynda Dunn Hester)
  • Snows Blanket "Buckingham Palace" in Ellijay (Photo Courtesy Bunk Elliot)
  • Snow falls downtown in front of the World of Coke (viewer Photo from Tim Bernas)
  • Snowy Roads on Burnt Mountain in Jasper (Viewer Photo Scott Korowotny)
  • A turtle covered in snow in Canton
  • Snow and sleet fall in downtown Atlanta
  • Snow Comes Down in Marietta (Photo by Tracy Carmony)
  • Snow at Lake Burton (Viewer Photo Courtesy Lynda Dunn Hester)

ATLANTA -- It had been since the 1880s since Atlanta saw a snow that stuck. Christmas Day 2010 made up for lost time.

Days of waiting and anticipation gave way to first snowfalls in the North Georgia mountains first thing Christmas morning. By 11 a.m. flurries began accumulating in Canton before heading south into Cobb and North Fulton counties. By nightfall, snow was drifting into midtown and downtown Atlanta.

The mountains got the first peek of snow starting around 8 a.m. before the snow tracked into the northern suburbs of Woodstock, Roswell, and East Cobb. Snow crept into Dallas and Kennesaw as well, ahead of predictions.

By dusk's approach, snow was beginning to accumulate on secondary roads in Cherokee and North Cobb counties. GDOT signs warned of icy conditions, with slick roads and sheets of falling snow hitting major northside interstates.

The Kidd family woke up to a yard covered only with grass. But in the next hour, all that had changed for the Blairsville family, with nearly an inch covering everything in sight. By the early afternoon, Scott Anna reported snow had piled up five inches.

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The story was much the same in Rabun County and White County, where soft snow began to come down around 9 a.m. By morning's end, everywhere from Lake Burton to Blue Ridge to Ellijay were under a soft blanket of snow.

North Georgia is under a Winter Weather Advisory until 1 p.m. Sunday.

Delta cancelled 500 flights nationwide ahead of the Christmas holiday in anticipation of winter weather, 300 of them at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Viewer photos showed arrival and departure boards covered in red, full of cancelled flights.

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