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Snow, winter weather blast through Georgia

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FOX 5 viewer Nikki Nikki shared this photo of a snowman they made in Newnan Wednesday morning. FOX 5 viewer Nikki Nikki shared this photo of a snowman they made in Newnan Wednesday morning.
Snow, sleet and ice were left behind Wednesday morning after pre-Thanksgiving snow storm moved through north Georgia. Snow, sleet and ice were left behind Wednesday morning after pre-Thanksgiving snow storm moved through north Georgia.
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    Wednesday, November 27 2013 6:44 AM EST2013-11-27 11:44:22 GMT
    Your turkey isn't even in the oven yet, but we've already seen snow in some spots across north Georgia!  Check out photos sent to us by viewers around the FOX 5 viewing area on Wednesday morning here.
    Your turkey isn't even in the oven yet, but we've already seen snow in some spots across north Georgia!  Check out photos sent to us by viewers around the FOX 5 viewing area on Wednesday morning here.
ATLANTA -

Many in north Georgia and metro Atlanta woke up to some form of winter weather including snow! The FOX 5 Storm Team tracked the snow as it moved across the area, as well as the strong winds that followed.

FOX 5 Storm Team meteorologist Joanne Feldman says the storm that brought winter weather moved through shortly after Good Day Atlanta began at 4:30 a.m. and continued until the 8 a.m. hour.  A thin band of a rain-sleet-snow mix made its way east from Alabama, and then moved quickly out of the area. 

PHOTOS: PRE-THANKSGIVING SNOW FALLS IN GEORGIA

By 5 a.m., FOX 5 crews had spotted flurries in far north Georgia and in Haralson County.

At 6 a.m., a snow shower was reported in west Georgia including Douglasville. A wintry mix was also seen in Cherokee and Cobb counties.

The storm blew flurries through Atlanta around 7 a.m., but the same intensity as seen in some of the suburban areas.

During the 8 a.m. hour, most of the winter weather and the clouds had moved through the area leaving behind the cold and high winds that are expected to stay throughout the day.

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From there, things cleared and turned sharply colder. Winds picked up during the day, and that kept temps down in the low 40's. This set up a VERY frigid night Wednesday night into Thanksgiving morning, with lows down in the upper teens to low 20's.

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, there will be plenty of sunshine. Things will start off cold on Thursday in the 30s and only warm into the mid to upper 40s. Somewhat milder temperatures of lows in the 30s and highs in the 50s will be the rule for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Only a few delays were reported throughout the morning at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Transportation says they had a busy morning in the extreme north counties.  They say they were out in Union, Towns and White counties putting salt and gavel on many of the roads in the higher elevated areas and areas known to have been trouble in the past.

The rest of north Georgia and metro Atlanta appeared to be in good shape as the sun began to warm things up.

GDOT wanted to share these road travel tips for winter driving:

- Slow down and stay behind the snowplows. The road behind the plow will be the safest place to drive. Allow at least ten car lengths between your vehicle and snowplows or hopper spreaders.

- Do not pass. The plows are wide, and sometimes a group of trucks will work in tandem to clear snow quickly, especially on major highways.

- Be particularly aware of black ice conditions on surfaces such as bridge decks and entrance and exit ramps.
 
- Remember that technology helps, but only to a point. Four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes and traction control are beneficial advancements in today's cars, trucks and SUVs, but they can't take the place of good driving habits and the need to reduce speed on snowy or icy roads.

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