Winter weather plagues southeast


Georgia Governor Nathan Deal says there are no more students stranded on buses in the winter storm gridlock, but there are still thousands of kids who spent the night at schools.

Deal said Wednesday those children will get escorts home from National Guard vehicles or police. Authorities are also going out to give people stranded on the icy highways food, water, blankets and gas.

It's still not clear exactly how many people are stranded or when the clogged highways might clear. The city, along with much of the Deep South, became paralyzed Tuesday when a winter storm dumped snow, sleet and rain on the roads and they froze over.


Thousands of vehicles remained stranded on roads in and around Atlanta, and on Wednesday, Atlanta's mayor said in a news conference that some drivers were still stuck in their cars.

Interstates became parking lots as drivers sat for hours in their vehicles waiting for traffic to clear. Many hunkered down in their cars while others abandoned their vehicles and sought shelter. Plows couldn't get through the bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Georgia State Patrol says it responded to at least 940 crashes throughout the state, and there was at least one fatality and more than 100 injuries. The National Guard has been called in to help clear area roads and rescue stranded travelers. They are bringing in Humvees to help with that task.

The winter weather is causing chaos throughout the southeast, from Atlanta to New Orleans. Snow and sleet fell in several major cities not used to seeing the white stuff. Rarely-used snowplows have been getting a workout in parts of the Deep South, which is blanketed by up to 3 inches of snow in some areas.

Airlines on Tuesday canceled more than 3,100 flights - hundreds at Atlanta, Houston and New Orleans airports.