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Freezing rain, sleet and snow made their way across the South Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing chaos to a region that rarely experiences extreme winter conditions.
The storm caused treacherous travel across multiple states, including Georgia, where its capital city faced hours of gridlocked traffic into the early morning hours Wednesday.
Across Louisiana Tuesday afternoon, emergency managers in several parishes were reporting frozen-over bridges and roadways and several closed interstates.
Late on Tuesday, thousands of flights had already been cancelled at airports across the South, including George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Ahead of the winter weather, Louisiana's governor declared a state of emergency for the state due to the dangerous winter conditions. Additionally, all government offices and public schools were ordered to close in the state on Tuesday.
States of emergency were also declared in Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The wintry weather expanded eastward across Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic coast through Tuesday night.
Slick conditions stretched down the I-10 and I-95 corridors, leaving many motorists stranded. Pictures surfaced Wednesday across social media of many who retreated from their cars to grocery and convenience stores to spend the night.
Many schools are now off for the second consecutive day in locations across the South, including Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, Ala., and others.
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Multiple days of torrential downpours have caused flash flooding and water rescues in southeastern Texas this week. The worst of the downpours are forecast to diminish on Thursday.
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Thunderstorms are expected to drench parts of the southeastern United States on Friday, amid an ongoing June swelter.
Five people have been struck and killed by lightning so far this year in the United States, with all five of the deaths occurring in the South.
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