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Now that's more like it - After snowstorm, residents enjoying spring-like weather

LAWRENCEVILLE - Temperatures are springing upward as Gwinnett residents spring forward an hour this weekend for daylight saving time. From snow this past Sunday to sunny 70s today, it seems the weather is on fast forward as well.

According to state climatologist David Stooksbury, though, drastic changes in weather is exactly what the spring season means for the South.

"While we'd all like to think of spring as those warm, sunny days, spring is the season that goes from one extreme to the other," Stooksbury said, "and that's, of course, what we've seen."

Snow fell throughout Georgia on Sunday and into Monday, blanketing some areas in Gwinnett with as much as five inches, causing Gwinnett County schools to close Monday. Six days later, temperatures were expected to be in the 70s today and possibly into the 80s on Sunday.

"Spring is a transitional season. It's not winter and it's not summer," Stooksbury said. "It's not unusual to have the wide swings over just a few days. That is really what defines spring."

Lawrenceville resident Peter Sturgess said he wasn't surprised by the extreme changes in weather.

"It's Atlanta, what can you say," he said. "Wait five minutes and the weather changes."

Sturgess and his wife, Lynn, enjoyed a late lunch sitting outside Uptown Cafe in Lawrenceville on Friday. The couple had decided ahead of time to take advantage of the sunshine and warmer temperatures.

"We knew the weather was changing," Peter Sturgess said. "We've been watching the weather for three or four days now just waiting for that 70-degree weather to hit."

"We just hope it stays like this," Lynn Sturgess added.

Gwinnett residents can begin to take advantage of an extra hour of sunlight during warm temperatures when the change to daylight saving time happens at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Gwinnett Fire Department Spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge suggested Gwinnett residents also take this opportunity to replace the batteries in smoke detectors.

"The fire service suggest that the smoke detector battery be changed every six months," Rutledge said. "A good time to remember this important task is during daylight saving time."