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1 day after storm, Atlanta highways still gridlock

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 29, 2014 at 11:04 a.m.

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Dozens of drivers become stranded on Womack Road as dropping temperatures turn the hill into a sheet of ice on Tuesday night, Jan. 28, 2014, in Dunwoody, Ga.

ATLANTA — Students spent the night on buses or at schools, commuters abandoned their cars or idled in them all night and the highways-turned-parking lots iced over when a winter storm slammed the city, creating a treacherous traffic jam that lasted into Wednesday.

It wasn't clear exactly how many people were still stranded out on the roads nearly 24 hours after the storm slammed the Deep South on Tuesday. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said it was "a lot of people," and officials were working to get them food, water, gas and eventually a way home.

The timing of when things would clear was also uncertain because temperatures were not expected to be above freezing for very long, meaning the roads may not have a chance to thaw.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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