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A little frosty fun

Photo by Nate McCullough

Photo by Nate McCullough

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Travis Burchfield was glad to get out of baseball practice Friday.

With snow falling all around, he had better ideas in mind to play.

"I'm looking forward to going sledding when it gets a little thicker," the 15-year-old said Friday afternoon, a couple of hours after snow began to build up across Gwinnett.

After kids were greeted by snow when school bells rang Friday afternoon, evening activities and sports were canceled through the weekend.

Gwinnett's library and tag offices closed early, and emergency crews from the fire department to salt and sand trucks for the DOT and local power companies prepared to battle the elements.

More than an inch of snow had fallen before 5 p.m., and forecasters had expected the Atlanta area could get as much as 4 inches in the latest of many winter storms this year.

Today's Run the Reagan event has been delayed two hours, with the first race now scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., and officials with many services such as libraries advised people to check their Web site before venturing out.

While the weather halted many weekend plans, from state high school swimming championships to wrestling sectionals, 15-year-old Joe Janney said the flakes brought out the kid in him.

"It's awesome," he said. "I'll probably be home all weekend, playing in the snow like a kindergartener."

Just a month since snow and ice was to blame for the death of two Dacula teenagers, who fell into a partially frozen pond, Gwinnet County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge warned residents to be cautious.

People should be wary of frozen water and careful when using heating appliances, he said.

With wet roads expected to freeze overnight, an extra ambulance and fire truck were put into service to help respond to any emergencies.

"While the snow in the south is beautiful, it can also be very dangerous," Rutledge said.

He also advised people to dress warmly, use caution on the road, if possible, and stay home.

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