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Beginning in the early morning hours of January 3rd, 2018, a rare winter storm affected southeast Georgia and northeast Florida. The storm produced a variety of wintry precipitation, including snow, sleet and freezing rain. Snowfall spread across much of southeast Georgia with snowfall amounts ranging from a trace to 3.5 inches. The Bacon County Airport (KAMG) located in Alma, GA measured 3.0 inches of snow making it the second highest daily snowfall total of all-time since records began for the site in 1948. Ice accumulated from the Suwannee Valley up through the Georgia coastline and extended as far south as Gilchrist and Alachua counties. This resulted in widespread power outages, downed trees and road closures. The last major winter storm to impact the area occurred on December 22-24, 1989.

GOES-16 infrared satellite loop from January 3-4, 2018 showing the winter storm rapidly intensifying along the U.S. East Coast.  Brighter colors indicate higher and colder cloud tops.
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