published Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Atlanta-area roads still clogged with cars, trucks

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    A man stands on the frozen roadway as he waits for traffic to clear along Interstate 75 today in Macon, Ga. A winter storm dumped snow and covered parts of the state with ice. Gov. Nathan Deal said early today that the National Guard was sending military Humvees onto Atlanta's snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to people.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

By JEFF MARTIN

Associated Press

ATLANTA — After a rare snowstorm stopped Atlanta-area commuters in their tracks — forcing many to hunker down in their cars overnight or seek other shelter — helicopters were being used to spot stranded drivers so rescuers could get food and water to them.

In metro Atlanta, some interstates remained clogged by jackknifed 18-wheelers this afternoon, more than 24 hours after snow began falling on the city.

Georgia transportation officials were asking semi drivers to avoid the area or use chains on their wheels.

The forecast for the Atlanta showed little hope of any widespread melting of the snow and ice.

Ryan Willis, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said today that "we're going to struggle to get above freezing across most of Georgia today."

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