The Deep South has been in a deep freeze since yesterday, when a winter storm left some commuters and students stranded overnight and flights canceled at the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Gridlock grinded Tuesday’s rush hour to a halt across several states, including Georgia and Alabama. Ice-covered highways’ slip-and-slide conditions caused tractor trailers to jackknife, blocking both traffic and state vehicles attempting to salt the roads.
People sought shelter in the aisle of a Publix grocery store after abandoning their cars on the road when their 12-mile commute turned into hours. During a televised press conference Gov. Nathan Deal said the National Guard will escort home more than 2,400 students who were stranded at their schools or on buses by the storm.
The totality of this rare winter storm’s effect on the area still remains to be seen nearly 24 hours later, but people are already wondering: How did 2 inches of snow shut down a city?
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