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Rare winter storm slams Deep South

A rare winter storm slammed the Deep South Tuesday, bringing along several inches of snow and freezing rain. Rescue efforts were under way Wednesday to assist drivers who were still trapped because of icy roadways and students who spent the night in schools. On Thursday, authorities are hoping to clear roads of abandoned vehicles.

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Georgia

Jan. 29, 2014: Brookhaven police monitor a car fire in a vehicle left overnight by a motorist who was stranded by impassable roads after winter weather moved through Georgia.  

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Georgia

Jan. 29, 2014: In this view looking at Cobb Parkway at I-285, abandoned cars are piled up on the median of the ice-covered road after a winter snow storm slammed the city with over 2 inches of snow that turned highways into parking lots creating massive traffic jams lasting through in Atlanta.

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South Carolina

Jan. 29, 2014: Snow coats a statue of Confederate general and South Carolina Gov. Wade Hampton at the state government complex in Columbia, S.C., after an infrequent  snowstorm moved through the area.  The Columbia area received two to three inches of snow from the storm that closed schools, government offices and businesses.

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Georgia

Jan. 29, 2014: A Dekalb County School bus sits abandoned on the Ashford Dunwoody exit off of Interstate 285, early Wednesday, in Dunwoody, Ga.

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Alabama

Jan. 29, 2014: Students from Oak Mountain Intermediate school, from left,  Zachary Henson, Camren Lyaka, and Eli Fieldsplay on an iPad in Indian Springs, Ala. About 80 children and 20 adults spent the night at the school due to a winter storm.  Overnight, the South saw fatal crashes and hundreds of fender-benders. Jackknifed 18-wheelers littered Interstate 65 in central Alabama.

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Georgia

Jan. 29, 2014: Officer Delaney walks towards a five-car pileup on Johnson Ferry Road, in Sandy Springs, Ga. Around Atlanta, nearly all public entities and most businesses were shut down early Wednesday, and officials encouraged would-be motorists not to drive.

AP

Georgia

Jan. 29, 2014: Vehicles that were abandoned Tuesday evening, sit on the Ashford Dunwoody exit off of Interstate 285, in Dunwoody, Ga.

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Alabama

Jan. 28, 2014: Three men rest in the storeroom at the Ransom Cafe at West Mobile Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala. The church opened its doors to the homeless on Tuesday as temperatures dropped below freezing and sleet blanketed the region.

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Mississippi

Jan. 28, 2014: Hattiesburg firefighters work the scene of a two-vehicle accident in the northbound lanes of U.S. 49 off of U.S. 98 in Hattiesburg, Miss.

AP/Hattiesburg American

Georgia

Jan. 28, 2014: Traffic inches along the connector of Interstate's 75 and 85 as snow blankets Metro Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, as seen from the Pryor Street overpass. 

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Alabama

Jan. 28, 2014: Brent LaForte, front, and Brian Bartlett, rear, grab some air as they slide down a hill in a kayak in downtown Tuscaloosa, Ala.  

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Rare winter storm slams Deep South

A rare winter storm slammed the Deep South Tuesday, bringing along several inches of snow and freezing rain. Rescue efforts were under way Wednesday to assist drivers who were still trapped because of icy roadways and students who spent the night in schools. On Thursday, authorities are hoping to clear roads of abandoned vehicles.

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