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McDuffie almost got white Christmas

Thomson and McDuffie County just missed having a white Christmas for the first time, as snow began falling just a couple of hours into the next day.

Much of McDuffie County received about 31/2 inches of snow.

"Who would ever have thought that it would snow around here at Christmas?" asked Tom Wells as he and his 11-year-old son, Tommy, built snowmen in the front yard of their home in downtown Thomson on Sunday.

"We almost had a white Christmas," he said. "It's beautiful."

Mr. Wells explained that he and his son, a fifth-grader at Briarwood Academy, were competing to see who could build a snowman faster.

"It's a lot of fun," said Tommy, who won the competition.

Just outside Thomson, 5-year-old Andrianna Cantrell was throwing snowballs and creating snow angels, lying on the ground and twisting her small frame to make the figure.

She was accompanied by her parents, Grant and Bethany Cantrell, of Thomson. Grant Cantrell serves as the pastor of Sweetwater Baptist Church. Family members Bryan and Kate Dilks, of Grayson, Ga., joined in the activities.

"We're all having a lot of fun playing in the snow," Pastor Cantrell said.

At one point, members of the Cantrell and Dilks families threw snowballs at the Cantrells' home.

"This is fun," said Andrianna, a kindergarten student at J.A. Max- well Elementary School in Thomson.

Temperatures barely rose past the freezing mark on Sunday. The mercury is expected to climb into the 50s later this week, but morning temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 20s. Saturday's forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of showers.

As is the case every time this area gets hit by any significant amount of snow, wrecks were a dime a dozen. Some were minor, but others caused extensive damage to vehicles.

The majority of the wrecks occurred along a stretch of Interstate 20 in McDuffie and Warren counties, according to officials with the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown.

Web posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010

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