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Rare dose of snow, cold shocks, delights South

Addie Sizemore, left, blocks a snowball attack by Molly Hayes in Tuscumbia, Alabama.
Addie Sizemore, left, blocks a snowball attack by Molly Hayes in Tuscumbia, Alabama. (Daniel Giles)
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It's cold and snowy in the South, and it doesn't look like it's going to change soon.

Southern states, including Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama, are experiencing some of the coldest and snowiest weather they've had in years. And in states where snowfall is a rare occurrence, they don't quite know what to do.

As much as seven inches of snow fell in Atlanta, Georgia, over the weekend. The problem is that the city owns only seven snowplows, which means that Atlanta has basically been shut down for several days. The city's airport, the world's busiest, has been closed as well.

The average high temperature in Atlanta during January is 50 degrees, but the forecast high for today is a chilly 29.

Not everything associated with cold and snow in the South is a downer, though.

"I'm trying to have a snowball fight with my friend," said 15-year-old Connor Ormond of South Carolina as he trotted to a friend's house, snowball in hand. "This is the most snow I've ever seen!"


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