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.