Unexpected snow delights many in Northeast Georgia

Snow falls outside the Foxfire Museum in Rabun County on Jan. 31, 2020. (photo by TJ Smith)

This is what it looked like outside the schools in Rabun County Friday morning. Students were released early due to the weather. (photo by Kyllie Wilson James)

The last day of the first month of 2020 got off to a snowy start in parts of Northeast Georgia. Unexpected snow fell off and on for several hours in parts of Habersham, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White counties.

Rabun County released public school students at 10:15 a.m. due to the weather. The private Tallulah Falls School followed suit and released its Rabun County students shortly after.

People were delighted at the sight of snow in the midst of this very mild winter. A number of Now Habersham readers shared photos and videos on social media.

The snow didn’t last long. Temperatures remained above freezing at elevations below 4000 feet and by mid-morning, the snow had turned to mostly rain across the region.

Still, the dusting of white and cool temperatures provided a nice reprieve for many who’ve been longing for at least a hint of winter before spring.

Groundhog Day

Will it be an early spring this year? The groundhogs will let us know Sunday.

Northeast Georgia’s own version of Punxsutawney Phil – Yonah the Groundhog – will be coaxed out of his ‘house’ at Freedom Park in Cleveland at 8 a.m. on Feb. 2 looking for his shadow.

Yonah the Groundhog lives at the North Georgia Zoo in White County. (photo courtesy North Georgia Zoo)

The event is being organized by North Georgia Zoo in White County. It’s free and open to the public.

Bring the kids and come meet and take photos with Yonah.

Freedom Park is located off of GA-115/East Kytle Street in Cleveland.

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