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Winter storm hits hard in southern states

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Rush hour Wednesday morning in Atlanta looked the same as it did the night before - with the same cars. Rush hour Wednesday morning in Atlanta looked the same as it did the night before - with the same cars.
People who were stranded slept in store aisles. People who were stranded slept in store aisles.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
Baby Grace was born on an Atlanta interstate. Baby Grace was born on an Atlanta interstate.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The southern winter storm over the past 24 hours has led to remarkable images coming out of major metropolitan areas like Atlanta and Birmingham. So what exactly happened to cause such a mess for a storm that was making headlines before it even formed?

Rush hour Wednesday morning in Atlanta looked the same as it did the night before - with the same cars.  Motorists were stranded after the snow started Tuesday afternoon. It remains unclear how many people remained in their cars Wednesday afternoon. 

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The mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, has been on a media blitz to try to explain what happened and what the city plans to do, "We started immediately. The bottom line is, we're going to work nonstop we're going to get the city open and operational faster. We are going to partner with the state and get people off the freeways and keep people safe."

The situation in Georgia got so bad stores in the area stayed open overnight so stranded motorists and shoppers could sleep in aisles until help arrived.

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For weeks we talked about the brutal arctic air that slammed the country, but we had yet to have a southern storm track right into it, until this week.

A Winter Storm Warning was issued for the Atlanta area 12 hours before the snow started. However, the snow moved in about three hours faster than expected and a bit more north. The timing and location made for perfect recipe for a travel nightmare if local officials weren't ready.

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Louisville is no stranger to snow emergencies. Ever since the 1994 winter storm Metro Government has been working on a plan that was developed in 2005 for snow removal. We still use this plan today in hopes to prevent scenes like in Atlanta.

But it wasn't just Atlanta that was hit hard, Birmingham also faced a similar feat with slick roads and stranded motorists.

But there was a silver lining to the winter storm. A baby girl was born on an Atlanta interstate Tuesday night. The girl's parents named her Grace, saying it was the grace of God that allowed for a smooth delivery.

The National Guard has taken over the situation in Atlanta. Schools in the Atlanta area are scheduled to be closed again on Thursday.

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