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Snow comes to parts of the Valley

Parts of the Chattahoochee Valley was covered in snow Saturday but Columbus didn't get any of the white stuff.

So Trisha King and her kids, Brandon and Rachel, drove to it.

"We've been waiting all winter," she said. "We've been waiting in Columbus, but we had to come to it."

They had to drive about 40 miles north of town into Harris County, where they stopped to build snowmen with several other families on the Great Lawn at the inn at Callaway Gardens. They were able to gather enough snow to build a 1 1/2 foot tall snowman, decorated with leaves and flowers.

"We've got dandelions for eyes," King said. "Where else can you have a snowman with dandelions for eyes?"

Beware of ice

Dan Darbe, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, said while Muscogee County and communities southward just had rain, parts of Harris County, such as Hamilton, got about 1/2 inch of snow Saturday afternoon. Talbot County also reported about a 1/4 of an inch.

In Alabama, there were no reports of snow for Russell County, said Ken Lorek, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham, but parts of Lee County got about 1/2 inch.

Saturday night, temperatures were expected to drop below freezing for Muscogee, Russell and surrounding counties in both states, bringing a danger of black ice on the roadways in Columbus, due to the rainfall and wet roadways.

Darbe said there was a hazardous weather advisory for the area until temperatures rise above freezing around noon. Weather today would be mostly sunny, with highs in the 40s, finishing off the last of the melting snow.

Darbe said the last time Muscogee or the surrounding counties saw snow was Jan. 2, 2002.

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