Gwinnett County bracing for 2-4 inches of snow, ACT exams canceled

Snow accumulated on a police cruiser in Norcross around 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

Snow accumulated on a police cruiser in Norcross around 10:30 a.m. Friday.

3:19 p.m.: ACT testing scheduled for Gwinnett County Public Schools on Saturday morning has been canceled. Students who were scheduled to take the exam should check the ACT website for rescheduling information.

All extracurricular activities scheduled for Saturday morning at Gwinnett County schools will be delayed until after 11 a.m. Coaches will contact students with specific information, a district spokeswoman said.

1:56 p.m.: Georgia Gwinnett College will close at 2 p.m. Friday and have a delayed opening Saturday. The college will open at 10 a.m. Saturday.

1:46 p.m.: Gwinnett County is now under a winter weather warning, upgraded from the previous winter weather advisory, meaning there could be between 2 and 4 inches of snow by Saturday morning, according to Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan.

1:43 p.m.: Emergency crews are responding to multiple car accidents with injuries, Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. None of the injuries is known to be serious.

The roads have become slushy due to snow, which has been falling in Gwinnett County since the late morning, Rutledge said. Rutledge said drivers should allow for extra travel time and drive with caution.

12:57 p.m.: The Atlanta Gladiators, which play at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, will still play their game scheduled for tonight. They will play the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at 7:35 p.m.

12:24 p.m.: Snow was reported across Gwinnett County on Friday morning, with people in Norcross, Lawrenceville and Suwanee seeing flakes falling.

Gwinnett County is under a winter weather advisory until 7 a.m. Saturday, meaning there’s the potential for up to 1 to 2 inches of snow to fall, according to Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton.

Gwinnett County Public Schools are dismissing all students one hour early Friday afternoon, and Gwinnett County Public Library branches will close at 2 p.m. due to the weather.

Snow began to fall at Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services’ Lawrenceville headquarters around 10 a.m., said Capt. Tommy Rutledge. The snow was not sticking at that point. A wintry mix of sleet and rain had been falling at the same location earlier in the day.

An AJC editor in Suwanee saw snow in her neighborhood, and snow was sticking to police vehicles in Norcross, according to a tweet from the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Snow fell in a Suwanee neighborhood around 10 a.m. Friday.

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Credit: Nicole Smith

Joe Sorenson, a Gwinnett County spokesman who was also in Lawrenceville on Friday morning, reported “light rain and some sleet” around 9 a.m.

Precipitation appeared heavier in northern Gwinnett County, said Abby Wilkerson, a Sugar Hill resident who works as a spokeswoman for the neighboring city of Suwanee.

"We had icy rain at the bus stop in Sugar Hill this morning, and it lightened up a bit on my drive to Suwanee City Hall,” Wilkerson said shortly before 9 a.m.

Rutledge urged drivers to be cautious on the roads during Friday’s winter weather.

“Be sure to buckle up and don’t text and drive,” Rutledge said.

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The EMA director says they are prepared for whatever comes.