The ATL was snowed in under Winter Storm Leon

By Nate Jones
January 28, 2014 05:45 PM
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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.

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
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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.

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.

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

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
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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:

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