Storm gives snowballs a chance in Savannah

SAVANNAH -- For the first time in 14 years, a snowball has a chance in balmy Savannah.

A Southern snowstorm that scattered a rare taste of white winter Friday from Texas to Florida and into South Carolina was forecast to turn chilling rain into snow after dark in Georgia's oldest city, where February rarely dips below 41 degrees.

''I knew it could happen, but I didn't expect much snow down here,'' said Frank Pinter, Savannah's street maintenance supervisor, who moved here four years ago from northern Ohio. ''It's such an unusual event for this area, we don't maintain a stockpile of salt or anything.''

The National Weather Service placed Savannah under a winter storm warning Friday that included most of Georgia. Forecasters said 1 to 3 inches of snow could accumulate in the coastal city overnight.

Pinter had work crews filling six dump trucks with sand -- four tons apiece. He planned to have eight workers on call overnight to scatter sand on icy overpasses and bridges, though most roads were expected to stay warm enough to melt any snow.