Winter storm socks the South with snow, ice
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Cities rolled out snow plows that hardly ever leave the garage, a hardware store sold feed scoops for use as snow shovels and alligators in the Okefenokee Swamp burrowed into mud to stay warm Tuesday as a winter storm brought snow, ice and brutal cold to the Deep South, a part of the country more accustomed to hurricanes.
As many as 50 million people across the region could be affected. Shortly after snow began falling in Atlanta, the business hub of the Southeast, traffic came to virtual halt. Two major interstates were clogged as commuters ended their workday early, and office security guards and doormen took to the streets downtown to try to direct traffic amid a symphony of blaring car horns.
At the world's busiest airport nearby, about 900 flights had been canceled. As far west as Austin, Texas, ice-glazed roads caused dozens of wrecks.