About a half-inch of snow fell across Cherokee late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.
The drop in temperatures to below freezing on Thursday morning left icy patches on county roads and contributed to about 15 accidents, said Cherokee Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Lt. Jay Baker. No serious injuries were reported.
Bells Ferry Road was briefly shut down at Ridge Road in Sixes on Thursday morning because of an accident with injuries. Highway 372 at the Etowah River in northeast Cherokee was shut down in the morning because of ice.
Cherokee County School District schools and local government offices all opened as usual on Thursday morning.
Dr. Brian Hightower, assistant superintendent of school operations for the school district, said its inclement weather protocols were followed by officials who decided not to cancel or delay classes.
School officials, he said, participated in the National Weather Service's briefing conference on Wednesday and communicated with the county's Emergency Operations Center to track weather conditions in the area.
Accuweather's forecast for today calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 48 cooling to a nighttime low of 22.
From Saturday through at least Wednesday, sunny skies are predicted, with temperatures climbing from 52 on Saturday to 59 on Sunday, 57 on Monday and then into the low 60s. Evening temperatures will stick to the 30s through at least Tuesday night.