Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency as a winter storm coats the region with snow and ice.
Thousands of people were stranded Wednesday — some of them sitting 18 hours or more on highways brought to a standstill across Atlanta — one day after a rare winter storm swept across an unprepared South.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he did not know how many people were still stuck. He did say all the schoolchildren were safe after some of them were marooned overnight on buses caught in the jam.
Some drivers told NBC News that they had been stuck on Atlanta interstates since early Tuesday afternoon, when snow started to fall and people began leaving work early. At least one baby was born in the gridlock.