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Winter Storm Socks Georgia, Texas And Other Southern States With Snow And Ice

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A sign warns motorists to slow down on the Popp's Ferry bridge in Biloxi, Miss., on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Bridges are expected to ice over on Tuesday and Wednesday during a winter storm in the area. The sign was put out on Friday when another winter storm left ice on area bridges causing multiple auto accidents. (John Fitzhugh/Biloxi Sun Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
A sign warns motorists to slow down on the Popp's Ferry bridge in Biloxi, Miss., on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Bridges are expected to ice over on Tuesday and Wednesday during a winter storm in the area. The sign was put out on Friday when another winter storm left ice on area bridges causing multiple auto accidents. (John Fitzhugh/Biloxi Sun Herald/MCT via Getty Images)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says that he will send troopers to schools where students are stranded because they could not make it home on clogged roads caused by a rare snowstorm.

The governor spoke from the Capitol building Tuesday night.

He also says that state and local officials will try to rescue those stranded along highways that are at a standstill. Normal 30-minute commutes have turned into hourslong odysseys for thousands.

A winter storm that would probably be no big deal in the North all but paralyzed the Deep South on Tuesday, bringing snow, ice and teeth-chattering cold, with temperatures in the teens in some places.

State and Atlanta officials are begging people to stay off the roads.

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