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January 29, 2014

Winter storm causes havoc in US South

A winter storm that hit the southern United States yesterday all but paralyzed the city of Atlanta, stranding people in cars at stores and children at their schools. The storm only brought a few inches across the region but with the ice caused major problems in America's southern region. Lloyd Young ( 28 photos total )

Traffic is snarled along the I-285 perimeter north of the metro area after a winter snow storm on Jan. 29 in Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said early Wednesday that the National Guard was sending military Humvees onto Atlanta's snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to people. Georgia State Patrol troopers headed to schools where children were hunkered down early Wednesday after spending the night there, and transportation crews continued to treat roads and bring gas to motorists, Deal said. (David Tulis/Associated Press)

People rest at the aisle of a Publix grocery store after being stranded due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Ga, on Jan. 29. A rare winter storm gripped the US South on Wednesday, killing five people, stranding children overnight at their schools, gnarling traffic across many states and canceling flights at the world's busiest airport. (Tami Chappell/Reuters) #

Good Samaritan Sammy Rouchdi pushes stranded motorist Cameron Scheeler up an iced over hill on Womack Road after he became stuck on the ice trying to get home on Jan. 28 in Dunwoody, Ga. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal & Constitution via Associated Press) #

A band of snow and freezing rain is pictured over the southeastern United States, stretching from Texas through Georgia and into the Carolinas, in this Jan. 29 handout satellite image provided by NASA. The rare winter storm killed at least six people, stranded children in their schools overnight and paralyzed travel in several states, including hundreds of flight cancellations at the world's busiest airport. (NASA via Reuters) #

Traffic sits at a standstill on the downtown Interstate 75-85 as dawn breaks in the aftermath of a winter storm in unprepared Atlanta, Ga., on January 29. Thousands of commuters and students were unable to reach their homes in the aftermath of the storm. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal Constitution via EPA) #

Snowflakes cling to nine-year-old Tamya Hardy's eyelashes as she plays in the snow with friends on Jan. 28 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Lauren Carroll/Winston-Salem Journal via Associated Press) #

Icicles hang off a camellia bush in historic Forsyth Park after freezing rain hit the area on Jan. 29 in Savannah, Ga. A winter storm brought snow, ice and brutal cold to the Deep South, a part of the country more accustomed to hurricanes. (Stephen B. Morton/Associated Press) #

Highway 90 is closed due to ice on the roads on Jan. 29 in Daphne, Ala. A rare winter storm has brought ice and snow across the southern states closing schools and stranding motorists. (Michael Chang/Getty Images) #

Dozens of motorists become stranded on Womack Road as dropping temperatures turn the hill into a sheet of ice on Jan. 28 in Dunwoody, Ga. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says that he will send troopers to schools where students are stranded because they could not make it home on clogged roads caused by the rare snowstorm. The governor spoke from the Capitol building Tuesday night. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Associated Press) #

With a winter storm making its way over southeast Virginia late Jan. 28, Sean Cantrell, center, and his wife Megan Cantrell venture out onto the snowy Virginia Beach oceanfront for a look with there dog Griffin. (L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot via Associated Press) #

Darlene Villalba, 6, works to get her purple gloves on as snow falls in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Jan. 28. (Lauren Carroll/Winston-Salem Journal via Associated Press) #

A lone car travels on the downtown Interstate 75-85 in Atlanta on Jan. 29 after a winter storm hit Georgia. Thousands of commuters and students were unable to reach their homes in the aftermath of the storm. (Erik S. Lesser/EPA) #

In this aerial view looking at I-75 north at Mt. Paran Rd., abandoned cars are piled up on the median of the ice-covered interstate on Jan. 29. in Atlanta, Ga. Governor Nathan Deal said early Wednesday that the National Guard was sending military Humvees onto Atlanta's snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to people. Georgia State Patrol troopers headed to schools where children were hunkered down early Wednesday after spending the night there, and transportation crews continued to treat roads and bring gas to motorists, Deal said. (David Tulis/Associated Press) #

Kevin Moore hands out snacks and water to a stranded motorist on Interstate 285 on Jan. 29 in Dunwoody, Ga. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said early Wednesday that the National Guard was sending military Humvees onto Atlanta's snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to people. (Branden Camp/Associated Press) #

A truck slides as he tries to avoid another wrecked truck as snow begins to accumulate on I-65 several road closures in Alabama on Jan. 28 in Clanton, Ala. (Butch Dill/Associated Press) #

As a group of his friends watch, Aaron Whitaker, right, falls while trying to slide down the hill while standing up on a piece of cardboard at Renaissance Park on Jan. 28 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Snowfall was greater than expected and blanketed the ground all over the city. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via Associated Press) #

Kimberly Villalba, 9, reacts after getting hit with a snowball as she plays with her friends in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Jan. 28. (Lauren Carroll/Winston-Salem Journal via Associated Press) #

A series of snowmen are seen on the back of a car as cold weather descends on Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 29. A rare winter storm gripped the southern Unitied States on Wednesday, killing five people, stranding children overnight at their schools, gnarling traffic across many states and canceling flights at the world's busiest airport. At least five deaths in Alabama were blamed on the icy storm that slammed the region from Texas through Georgia and the Carolinas. (Lyle Ratliff/Reuters) #

Kienan Dietrich sleeps at the aisle of a Publix grocery store after being stranded due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Ga., on Jan. 29. A rare winter storm gripped the US South on Wednesday, killing five people, stranding children overnight at their schools, gnarling traffic across many states and canceling flights at the world's busiest airport. (Tami Chappell/Reuters) #

Buddy Pate puts sand on the steps of The Parlour on Main, a business co-owned by his wife, Virginia, as well as Cathy Smith and Sandra Keith, along Main Avenue in downtown Northport, Ala., on Jan. 28. Snow fell over West Alabama beginning Tuesday morning causing dangerous travel conditions for drivers on roadways. (Michelle Lepianka Carter/The Tuscaloosa News via Associated Press) #

Traffic is at a standstill on Interstate 65 northbound as officials work to clear abandoned vehicles on Jan. 29 in Hoover, Ala. Overnight, the South saw fatal crashes and hundreds of fender-benders. Jackknifed 18-wheelers littered Interstate 65 in central Alabama. Ice shut down bridges on Florida's panhandle and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, one of the world's longest spans, in Louisiana. Some commuters pleaded for help via cellphones while still holed up in their cars, while others trudged miles home, abandoning their vehicles outright. (Hal Yeager/Associated Press) #

Snow covers a dead lizard in Springville, Ala., on Jan. 28. (Mark Almond/Associated Press) #

Brookhaven police monitor a car fire in a vehicle left overnight by a motorist who was stranded by impassable roads after winter weather moved through Georgia. (John Amis/Associated Press) #

Sue Morrison watches as Chris McAdams scrapes ice from her car in Panama City Beach, Fla. on Jan. 29. A rare winter storm brought snow and ice to the Florida Panhandle. (Andrew Wardlow/The News Herald via Associated Press) #

Joyce Cook, and instructional aide, reads Snowflake Bentley to a group of 5th graders stranded at Oak Mountain Intermediate school due to snow and ice on Jan. 28 in Indian Springs, Ala. (Butch Dill/Associated Press) #

Traffic moves south on Interstate 75 past a hill covered with ice on Jan. 29 in Covington, Ky., where temperatures remain in single digits. Actual temperatures will range from the teens in northern Kentucky to double-digits below zero in Minnesota, but even colder wind chills were expected, minus 43 in Minneapolis; minus 18 in Dayton, Ohio; minus 14 in Kansas City, Mo.; and minus 3 in Louisville, Ky. (Al Behrman/Associated Press) #

Officer Delaney talks with a crash victim who was involved in a five-car pileup on Johnson Ferry Road early morning Jan. 29, in Sandy Springs, Ga. Around Atlanta, nearly all public entities and most businesses were shut down early Wednesday, and officials encouraged would-be motorists not to drive. (Branden Camp/Associated Press) #

John Fitzgerald, a lineman for Dominion Power, uses cross-country skis on Hanbury Road in Chesapeake, Va. to get to work on Jan. 29. The National Weather Service says the Norfolk area averages fewer than three days of snow each winter that result in at least an inch of accumulation. Wednesday marks the fourth day in less than two weeks that at least an inch of snow has fallen. (Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot via Associated Press) #
 
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