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Snow paralyzes the South

A rare winter storm glazed the South with snow and ice, choking traffic and stranding drivers in a part of the country unaccustomed to winter weather of any kind.

Abandoned cars are piled up along I-75 outside downtown Atlanta on Jan. 29, after a winter snow storm slammed the city with over 2 inches of snow that turned highways into parking lots creating massive traffic jams. While such amounts of accumulation barely quality as a storm in the north, it was enough to paralyze the Deep South.

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Residents in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood cross Lane Street on Wednesday morning, Jan. 29, in Raleigh, N.C. after a winter storm dropped several inches of snow, canceling school.

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A driver uses a mobile phone in a car after running off the roadway due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Georgia, on Jan. 29.

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Kienan Dietrich sleeps at the aisle of a Publix grocery store after being stranded due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Georgia, on Jan. 29.

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Passengers check-in at the Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner, Louisiana on Jan. 29, 2014. Flights resumed on Wednesday after all flights were cancelled Tuesday due to icy conditions.

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The interstate system known as "Spaghetti Junction" is covered in ice on Jan. 29 after a storm slammed Atlanta with over 2 inches of snow.

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Brookhaven police monitor a car fire in a vehicle left overnight by a motorist who was stranded by impassable roads, on Jan. 29 in Brookhaven, Ga.

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People rest in the aisle of a Publix grocery store on Jan. 29 after being stranded due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Sunny Walker, a stranded motorist on Interstate 285 in Dunwoody, Ga. on Jan. 29, holds her two dogs while in her truck.

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A snowmen are seen on the back of a car as cold weather descends on Mobile, Alabama on Jan. 29.

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Sophie Butehorn, 10, right, and Sarah Cribb, 11, try to build a snowman with the light snow in the front yard of the Cribb home in Spartanburg, S.C., Wednesday morning, on Jan. 29.

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Virginia Welch, left, Caroline Callahan, center, and Caroline Hurry enjoy sledding on the ice-covered street on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Indian Springs, Ala.

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A man stands on the frozen roadway as he waits for traffic to clear along Interstate 75 on Jan. 29, 2014, in Macon, Ga.

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Vehicles that were abandoned the night before sit on the exit off of Interstate 285, early on Jan. 29 in Dunwoody, Ga. Around Atlanta, nearly all public entities and most businesses were shut down early, and officials encouraged would-be motorists not to drive.

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Traffic sits at a standstill on Interstate 75-85 as dawn breaks in the aftermath a winter storm in Atlanta, Georgia, on Jan. 29.

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Snow covers Hay Street in Fayetteville, N.C., in the early morning hours of Jan. 29.

Johnny Horne / Fayetteville Observer

A firetruck drives up an icy road late on Jan. 28 in Dunwoody, Ga.

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Drivers slowly make their way down a normally busy road during rush hour in Charlotte, N.C., on Jan. 28.

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A truck slides as he tries to avoid another wrecked truck as snow begins to accumulate on I-65 in Clanton, Ala., on Jan. 28.

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High school students walk home past gridlocked traffic on Highway 92 in Atlanta on Jan. 28. School buses were not able to operate in many areas.

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Vehicles are backed up on a snow covered US Highway 280 during a snow storm Jan. 28 in Chelsea, Ala. A fast-moving, unexpectedly severe winter storm blanketed much of Alabama with a treacherous layer of frozen precipitation, causing multiple wrecks, stranding hundreds of children in schools and coating palm trees with ice at the beach.

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A police officer helps push a car on Highway 39 North on Jan. 28 in Meridian, Miss.

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Students walk University Blvd. after class was dismissed at the University of Alabama on Jan. 28 in Tuscaloosa.

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