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The South’s disastrous response to the winter storm, in pictures

Students slept in school gyms. Workers slept in the aisles at CVS. Commuters wouldn’t have missed much if they fell asleep in their cars.

Winter Storm Leon, which left about two inches of snow covering the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama, hit Atlanta particularly hard. Late Tuesday, the National Weather Service said 2.3 inches was recorded at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, AP reported.

Here’s what it looked like Tuesday:

Leaving Atlanta (Photo credit: Flickr user RadioAlexander)

Traffic inches along the connector of Interstate’s 75 and 85 as snow blankets Metro Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2014 as seen from the Pryor Street overpass. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is preparing to declare a state of emergency as a winter storm coats the region with snow and ice. State transportation officials said a mass of commuters leaving downtown Atlanta at once created traffic jams on interstates and surface streets. (AP Photo/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)

Motorists abandon their vehicles and start walking to their homes on Georgia Highway 140, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 in Canton, Ga. 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. (AP Photo/The Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff)

A pedestrian makes her way along a downtown sidewalk with traffic snarling behind her as people try to beat the snow accumulating on the streets Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgians stocked up on ice-melting chemicals, school systems closed, and road crews prepared to clear snow and ice from highways as a winter storm took aim. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Students, unable to get home because of snow, sleep at East Rivers Elementary (Photo: WGCL-TV Atlanta)
Students, unable to get home because of snow, sleep at East Rivers Elementary (Photo: WGCL-TV Atlanta)


Teachers and students were still stranded at E. Rivers Elementary this morning. Twitter user @kennycottrell reported the furnace had just gone out (Photo: @kennycottrell)

A man stands on the frozen roadway as he waits for traffic to clear along Interstate 75 Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Macon, Ga. A winter storm dumped snow and covered parts of the state with ice. Gov. Nathan Deal said early Wednesday that the National Guard was sending military Humvees onto Atlanta’s snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to people. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Traffic backs up as a wrecker pulls a car out of a ditch on I-65 during an unusual snow Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Clanton, Ala. A rare storm left a slippery layer of ice and snow across a region unaccustomed to dealing with the wintry threat. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

A truck slides as he tries to avoid another wrecked truck as snow begins to accumulate on I-65 several road closures in Alabama on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Clanton, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Stranded motorists sleep in an aisle of a CVS Pharmacy on West Paces Ferry in Atlanta (Photo: Jaime Sarrio/Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Photo credit: Twitter user @cat_lanta

Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta (Photo credit: Flickr user tstuckey)

Traffic in the Atlanta area at 5:50 a.m. today (Photo credit: Flickr user fazeoff)
The South Carolina state Capitol building (Photo credit: Connelly-Anne Ragley)
The South Carolina state Capitol building (Photo credit: Connelly-Anne Ragley)

Not everyone had a lousy time:

Beagles playing in the snow in Columbia, S.C. (Photo credit: Connelly-Anne Ragley)

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