2010-12-30 / Front Page

White Christmas blankets county

A variegated Christmas camellia bloom was caught by surprise in Saturday’s snow. A variegated Christmas camellia bloom was caught by surprise in Saturday’s snow. Snow covered the ground on Christmas in Wilkes County for the first time in recorded memory after a cold rain on Christmas Day gave way to snow.

It started snowing in earnest at different spots across Wilkes County Christmas night. By 10 p.m. to midnight, snow covered the ground and it officially became a white Christmas in Washington-Wilkes. The last recorded white Christmas in Atlanta was in 1882, and local records may equal that.

The snow returned Sunday morning when lower temperatures allowed the snow to cover roads. There were reports of five accidents Sunday morning by 10 o’clock as RTheNeepwos-vehicles hit the growing slick spots on roads throughout Wilkes County and slid off the road.

By 10:30, Georgia State Trooper 997 reported that the Lincolnton Road beyond Wheatley Road had become snowed over, and deputies reported that the roads north of Tignall were snowy by 10:45 a.m.

The home of Mike and Sniggy Eskew was especially picturesque as daylight on December 26 revealed the Christmas snow. The home of Mike and Sniggy Eskew was especially picturesque as daylight on December 26 revealed the Christmas snow. By morning’s end, two accidents had occurred on Highway 378, and one each on the Athens Highway, on Metasville Road, and on Highway 17 north of Tignall. There were no injuries and little damage in any of the accidents.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews were out spreading salt and sand at intersections and trouble spots.

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