Friday 19 December 2014

Winter storm brings teeth-chattering cold to America's Deep South

Published 29/01/2014 | 11:49

A pedestrian makes her way along a downtown sidewalk with traffic snarling behind her as people try to beat the snow accumulating on the streets Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgians stocked up on ice-melting chemicals, school systems closed, and road crews prepared to clear snow and ice from highways as a winter storm took aim. (AP Photo/John Amis)
A pedestrian makes her way along a downtown sidewalk with traffic snarling behind her as people try to beat the snow accumulating on the streets yesterday, in Atlanta. Georgians stocked up on ice-melting chemicals, school systems closed, and road crews prepared to clear snow and ice from highways as a winter storm took aim. Photo: AP Photo/John Amis
Cars drive under a traffic sign displaying winter storm warnings after a rare snowstorm in Kennesaw, Georgia, January yesterday. A rare blast of snow, sleet and ice hit America's South prompting three states to declare a state of emergency, closing the New Orleans airport and causing chaos on roads for drivers unaccustomed to the dangerous conditions. Photos: REUTERS/Tami Chappell
Sean Cantrell, center, and his wife Megan Cantrell venture out onto the snowy Virginia Beach oceanfront for a look with there dog Griffin. Photo: AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer
A man walks through a snow covered parking lot after a rare snowstorm in Adairsville, Georgia. Photo: REUTERS/Tami Chappell
State transportation officials said a mass of commuters leaving downtown Atlanta at once created traffic jams on interstates and surface streets. Photo: AP Photo/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray
Cars drive under a traffic sign displaying winter storm warnings after a rare snowstorm in Kennesaw, Georgia. Photo: REUTERS/Tami Chappell

A winter storm that would probably raise no eyebrows in North America has all but paralysed the Deep South, bringing snow, ice and teeth-chattering cold, with temperatures in the teens in some places.

Georgia governor Nathan Deal said today he would send troopers to schools where pupils were stranded because they could not make it home on clogged roads caused by the rare snowstorm.

Mr Deal also said that state and local authorities would try to rescue those stranded along gridlocked highways, where normal 30-minute commutes have turned into hours-long odysseys for thousands.

Authorities have urged people to stay off the roads.

Police in an Atlanta suburb helped deliver a baby girl along a highway when the snow and ice brought traffic to a crawl and sometimes a halt.

Sandy Springs police captain Steve Rose said the baby girl was delivered at around 5.20pm local time yesterday. It was not clear if her parents were heading to the hospital when they got stuck in the horn-honking snarl-up.

Traffic came to a halt along major arteries as many ended their workdays early and tried navigating slippery highways that rarely are covered in snow.

Capt Rose, who called the delivery "flawless", said an ambulance arrived just after the baby was delivered and the girl was taken to a local hospital. The parents' identities were not released.

Promoted articles

Read More

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in World News