Snow blankets the old courthouse lawn in Fayetteville. (Photo by Dean Breest)

Winter made its return to Georgia and brought along a few friends as a rare snowstorm blasted much of the southern state.

Many people are still reeling as frigid air dropped temperatures below freezing and established a wind chill that reached single digits. The result was a snowstorm that pelted many counties with 1-3 inches of snow on Tuesday night.

The snow impacted several businesses and shut down schools for three days in many counties around the state. Fayette County took extra precaution and halted all government-related events as well. Thursday night’s city council meetings were all rescheduled, with Fayetteville moved to Thursday, January 25 at 6 p.m., Peachtree City moved to Thursday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m., and Tyrone moved to Thursday, February 1 at 7 p.m.

In a phone call with the Fayette County Fire & Emergency Services, there weren’t any major incidents attributed the snowstorm, only a few minor car accidents.

It was a different story for counties outside the perimeter. Coweta County was one of counties that were hit hardest by the storm. The county got hit with several inches of snow and instituted a curfew to keep people off the roads.

According to the Newnan-Times Herald, the curfew was set in motion on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and expired at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. The reason for the curfew was to keep everyone safe and avoid unnecessary accidents arising from attempts to joyride or drive erratically in the hazardous conditions.

There was also a tragic accident in Moreland, a town in Coweta County. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported an Atlanta-bound CSX train collided with a Georgia Department of Transportation salt truck and the driver of the truck was killed.

The fatal accident drew condolences from GDOT and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. The tragedy added a somber tone and reminded everyone to be extremely careful when dealing with snow and ice.

As the weekend approaches, there is a good chance all the snow will be gone as temperatures are reportedly going to reach into the mid-60s, just the relief that many people need as winter has finally arrived in Georgia.