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Jane Orr, 3, tries to catch snowflakes on her tongue Sunday in the Valley Farm neighborhood in Madison. Jane is the daughter of Alan and Mary Ann Orr.

As winter storms descended upon Georgia late Saturday evening and continued on Sunday, officials urged Georgians in affected counties to stay at home.

Snowfall was predicted in Morgan County until Sunday, Jan. 16 until 6 p.m. by the Weather Channel and other local weather agencies. Snow and a mix of sleet fell on Morgan County most of Sunday without any appreciable accumulation.

Morgan County was included in 91 counties covered under Gov. Brian Kemp’s State of Emergency declaration due to the ongoing winter storms. Kemp announced a state of emergency two days ahead of the storm as officials prepared for traffic accidents, power outages, and supply shortages.

On Sunday, Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn encouraged people to stay home and not get too comfortable because temperatures would drop again and water on the roadways might turn to ice.

Ashburn noted the biggest impact from the winter storm so far has been trees falling over due to high winds.

“We have one down right on East Washington Street in Madison,” said Ashburn.

Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, too, noted that fallen trees are being reported all over the county.

“All this morning we have had a bunch of reports of fallen trees,” said Markley on Sunday. “Right now things are just wet on the roads. No accidents reported that I have been made aware of yet.”

Winter weather first arrived in Georgia late Saturday evening.

According to Jeff Stone, fire chief, Morgan County Fire and Rescue, approximately four trees were reported downed by the sleet and snow. Overall, Stone said, the weather event was uneventful.

“Our guys were on alert,” Chief Stone said. “We found it to be pretty calm compared to past years.”

Stone said emergency agencies are now watching the potential for more severe winter weather this Friday and Saturday. According to the Weather Channel website, Madison has a chance to get a chance of “rain and snow in the afternoon” Friday with “occasional snow showers” Friday night.

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