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South Expected to Get Hit with Snow and Ice

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A winter storm is bringing the threat of snow and ice to a broad swath of the South, where
snow plows and salt trucks are nearly as rare as bikinis in a Minnesota winter.
And while Northerners laugh at their Southern friends' panic over a dusting of snow, the threat is real: With few resources to battle snow and ice, it will be difficult for public works crews to keep up with any significant accumulation.

Add to that millions of drivers inexperienced in the ways of snow and ice travel -- some of them wanting to go play in the white stuff -- and things could get tricky fast.

"I'm asking everybody, I know it's going to be pretty if we get snow; it's monumental; it's great," Montgomery County, Alabama, Commissioner Reed Ingram told CNN affiliate WAKA. "But do not get out there and ride in it."

It's not just the South that will be shuddering. Midwesterners and others more accustomed to bitter weather will also be freezing.

All told, about 140 million people in 34 states are under some sort of winter weather warning or advisory, from snow and ice to bitterly cold wind chills, according to CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.

And, of course, you can bet air travel will be a mess across the country.

Already early Tuesday, airlines had canceled nearly 2,800 flights, most of them into or out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks cancellations due to both weather and mechanical problems.


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