Ice Disaster: What It Looks Like When Winter Shuts Down Atlanta (Photos)

UPDATED 01/28/2014 at 07:30 PM EST Originally published 01/28/2014 at 05:45 PM EST

Winter Storm Leon: See Atlanta Snowed in After Rare Storm
Snow blankets the Atlanta on Jan. 28, 2014
Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP
If you're going by the controversial winter-storm naming conventions, Atlanta lucked out: Instead of an immortal hero or a two-faced god, the city is being snowed-in by a professional: Winter storm Leon has brought "Hotlanta" to a standstill.

Ice Disaster: What It Looks Like When Winter Shuts Down Atlanta (Photos)| News Alerts

Driver Jesse Hatcher looks over his crashed car after he says another motorist caused him to lose control of his car and spin out off I-20 West near Conyers, Ga on Jan. 28, 2014

Curtis Compton / Atlanta Journal-Constitution / AP

Though the levels of precipitation involved – up to two inches – may look small to hardy snow survivors, the South's lack of experience with storms of this magnitude has exacerbated its effect. Many drivers lack snow tires, leading to congestion and pileups on the region's highways.

Ice Disaster: What It Looks Like When Winter Shuts Down Atlanta (Photos)| News Alerts

A Google map of traffic conditions in Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon

At one point on Tuesday, a Google map of traffic out of Atlanta showed heavy delays on every highway out of the city.

Ice Disaster: What It Looks Like When Winter Shuts Down Atlanta (Photos)| News Alerts

Traffic creeps along Interstate 55 in north Jackson, Miss., Jan. 28, 2014

Rogelio V. Solis / AP

More than 3,000 flights in the region have been canceled due to the storm. Meanwhile, in Louisiana, governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency.

Ice Disaster: What It Looks Like When Winter Shuts Down Atlanta (Photos)| News Alerts

The Maryville, Tenn., Police Department works to clear a multi-car wreck on East Harper Avenue at Parham Avenue due to snow and icy roads before closing the road on Jan. 28, 2014

Tom Sherlin / The Daily Times / AP

Temperatures throughout much of the South were expected to remain below freezing, with ice a major factor on roadways for the rest of the week.

Across the South, residents took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the rare storm:



Follow PEOPLE on Facebook!




Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

Latest Photos

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters