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Snow plows clear Interstate 75/85 on the downtown connector as the city grinds to a halt during a winter storm on Wednesday in Atlanta. Across the South, winter-weary residents woke up to a region encased in ice, snow and freezing rain, with forecasters warning that the worst of the potentially "catastrophic" storm is yet to come.

Icicles hang from a bridge over a highway leading into downtown Atlanta.ERIK S. LESSER / EPA