North Georgia mountains get a taste of winter

Ronnie Lamanac has been working on the railroad part of his adult life. He says in the North Georgia mountains, geography matters.

“In Fannin County, Blue Ridge is 1750 feet of elevation. McCaysville is 1425,” Ronnie said. So when snow is predicted around here, it usually comes.

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“Yeah, we love to see it. We like to see it, and we like to see it go,” Marsha Freeman said.

The flurries across Fannin started around mid-morning Friday. Much of the time it was hard to tell anything was falling. But in downtown Blue Ridge—every now and again—things picked up.


The forecast was enough for the county school system to call it a day three hours early, along with the cancellation of all after school activities.

Ronnie Lamanac spent his day preparing the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway for springtime. He told Channel 2 he might knock off a little early.

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“What melts that day will usually freeze that night, and then we’re in the soup for 3 or 4 days. You ain’t going anywhere once it gets iced,” Lamanac said.