LIVE REPORT: Rare Snowstorm Paralyzes South, Strands Children
A rare snow and ice storm is hitting the southeastern U.S. this morning, paralyzing travelers and stranding school buses.
States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Many residents across the region are inexperienced driving in the snow, and many cities don't have big fleets of salt trucks or snowplows.
Many don't even own a snow shovel and stores have been quickly selling out.
The few inches of snow and slick roads have caused massive gridlock and hundreds of accidents. As of last night, Georgia officials were reporting nearly 1,000 crashes, causing more than 100 injuries and one fatality.
Schools closed early on Tuesday as the snow began to fall and there were several reports of stranded school buses in Georgia. Thousands of other students in Alabama and Georgia spent the night in their schools as wind chills dropped into the single digits.
In the segment below, Martha MacCallum spoke by phone with Montgomery, Alabama Mayor Todd Strange, who explained that his city does not have snowplows and salting equipment. Overall though, the city has not experienced any major problems. Strange said city and local government workers were sent home well in advance.
In a press conference moments ago, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal gave an update on the children who were stranded at their schools. Students are being escorted back to their homes by police and buses.