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Normally balmy southeastern coast blanketed in snow

Snow fell in northern Florida — part of a larger storm system that spread freezing rain, snow and sleet into Georgia and the Carolinas.

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Image: Beach goers make their way down the beach during heavy snowfall on the Isle of Palms

South Carolina

Beachgoers make their way down the beach during heavy snowfall on the Isle of Palms on Jan. 3, 2018.

Freezing rain turned to snow on Wednesday afternoon in east Georgia and South Carolina and was making its way into parts of North Carolina, according to the Weather Channel.

 

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Image: Ramon Martinez takes advantage of little car traffic to pull a sleigh filled with his children Amy and Anthony down Bull Street toward Monterey Square, in Savannah

Georgia

Ramon Martinez takes advantage of little car traffic to pull a sleigh with his children Amy and Anthony down Bull Street toward Monterey Square, in Savannah on Jan. 3.

Snow started falling late Wednesday morning in the Savannah area shutting down the city.

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Image: Alora Freeman, 8, watches as ice builds along a downtown water fountain in Atlanta,

Atlanta

Alora Freeman, 8, watches as ice builds along a downtown water fountain on Jan. 3.

A brutal winter storm scattered a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain from normally balmy north Florida up the Southeast seaboard Wednesday, adding to the misery of a bitter cold snap. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency through Friday for at least 28 counties because of the frigid weather.

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Image: People attend to their vehicle on Interstate 26, near Savannah

Georgia

People attend to their vehicle on Interstate 26, near Savannah on Jan. 3.

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Image: Mirni Dulany, 10, gets a taste of the snowflakes

Georgia

Mirni Dulany, 10, catches snowflakes on her tongue in Savannah on Jan. 3.

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Image: Icicles form on the tritons in the Forsyth Park Fountain

Georgia

Icicles form on the tritons in the Forsyth Park Fountain in Savannah on on Jan. 2. 

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Image: Snow in King Street in Charleston, S.C.,

South Carolina

A pedestrian walks in the snow on King Street in Charleston on Jan. 3.

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Image: With snowballs in hand, Anthony Arcuri seeks unsuspecting targets at Marion Square in Charleston

South Carolina

With snowballs in hand, Anthony Arcuri seeks unsuspecting targets at Marion Square in Charleston on Jan. 3.

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Image: Water is frozen on a tree in Fort Walton Beach,

Water is frozen on a tree in Fort Walton Beach, Florida on  Jan. 2 after a resident left his sprinklers on. Temperatures are expected to stay below freezing at night for the Panhandle through Thursday morning.

Nick Tomecek / Northwest Florida Daily News via AP
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Image: Water squirts from a frozen fountain near downtown in Charlotte

North Carolina

Water squirts from a frozen fountain near downtown Charlotte on Jan. 2.

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Image: Icicles hang from the "Welcome to Hilliard sign" in Hilliard,

Florida

Icicles hang from the "Welcome to Hilliard sign" on Jan. 3.

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Image: Kenneth Freeman, carries his daughter Alora, 8, as they visit a frozen water fountain downtown in Atlanta,

Atlanta

Kenneth Freeman, carries his daughter Alora, 8, as they visit a frozen water fountain downtown in Atlanta on  Jan. 3.

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Image: Children from the Hoffman and Lynns families build a snowman on the public basketball courts in Forsyth Park

Georgia

Children build a snowman on the public basketball courts in Forsyth Park, in Savannah, on Jan. 3.

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Image: Stephanie Johnson from Hilliard, Fla., puts the final touches on her tiny snowman

Georgia

Stephanie Johnson who drove down for Florida to see the snow builds a tiny snowman with daughter Charlie, 6 in Mary Street Park in Waycross on Jan. 3. 

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Image: Finley Bork, 7, sleds down a hill

South Carolina

Finley Bork, 7, sleds down a hill while being chased by a playful dog on a golf course in Isle of Palms on Jan. 3.

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Image: Visitors walk around the frozen fountain and snow covered sidewalks at Forsyth Park

Georgia

Visitors walk around the frozen fountain and snow covered sidewalks at Forsyth Park in Savannah on Jan. 3.

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Image: snow covers the frozen waters of the Lake Lawson Lake Smith Natural Area in Virginia Beach

Virginia

Snow covers the frozen waters of the Lake Lawson Lake Smith Natural Area in Virginia Beach late in the afternoon on Jan. 3.

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Georgia

Seeing her first winter weather, 9-month-old Roxie eats snow off the ground of the public basketball courts at Forsyth Park in Savannah on Jan. 3.

Photos: Arctic blast leaves half the country in deep freeze

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