A look at the wild weather in the Deep South

AP News
Posted: Jan 29, 2014 7:30 PM

A look at the winter storm that crippled the Deep South:


There were 2.6 inches of snow recorded in Atlanta, according to the National Weather Service. Macon, Ga., saw 2.1 inches of snowfall, while Columbus, Ga., reported 1.2 inches.


Just north of Atlanta, a woman and her husband had to deliver their baby girl alongside Interstate 285 with help from a police officer who arrived just in time. The family was taken to a hospital, but the parents and infant were fine.


Thousands of drivers were stranded for hours on gridlocked highways in the Atlanta and Birmingham areas, forced to either sleep in their cars or hike several miles to their destinations. Elsewhere, others gave up on the icy roadways and warmed up inside stores and restaurants offering shelter. Some even slept on the floor of stores like CVS pharmacies.


In Georgia, state troopers responded to more than 1,200 wrecks. More than 130 people were hurt, while at least five were killed across Georgia and Alabama.


On Wednesday, there were 70 snowplows clearing roads in metro Atlanta. A day earlier, many crews couldn't even get out because of the massive gridlock that crippled the region.


In metro Atlanta schools, more than 10,000 students were stranded in classrooms through the night Tuesday. Teachers played games, raided the school cafeteria and even held dance parties to keep the children entertained. Eleven school buses were stuck on Atlanta-area roads, forcing 239 children to spend the night on board. In Alabama, some 11,000 children were stranded at schools Tuesday night, most in the Birmingham area. Some of the 1,600 children still at the schools would have to spend a second night.


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest, logged nearly 1,000 cancellations as of Wednesday afternoon.