Record-setting storm buries South in most snow in almost 3 decades

Photo: Lisa Jacobs Alapaha (WFXL)

A winter storm buried the South Wednesday in more snow than it's seen in decades, slapping the region with wind, icy temperatures and ice before continuing up the East Coast.

The weather has caused at least 17 deaths, 2,200 cancelled flights and infinite school snow days.

Here's what the record-setting conditions look like in states across the coastal Southeast:


In Georgia, Sinclair's WFXL compiled wintry snaps from across the state's southeast.

Flakes can be seen dusting lakes, lawns, cars, and everything in-between.


In Florida, residents braced for some of the coldest weather they've faced in years, Sinclair's WPEC reports.

Hurricane victims were among those hit especially hard; many of those affected by Hurricane Irma have yet to finish the repairs to their homes.

In a humorous twist, heating techinicians across the state fielded calls from clients wondering what "that smell" is.

Turns out, it's just dust burning -- something that happens when you turn your heater on for the first time in 5 or 6 years, WPEC reports.


In South Carolina, some cities chose to focus on the beautiful.

Sinclair station WPDE aggregated some of its viewers' most striking photos of fountains frozen over throughout Florence, Conway and Myrtle Beach.

Gov. Henry McMaster, however, warned residents to stay alert, stressing the importance of staying updated on conditions and making the appropriate calls.

"It is cold, cold, cold and it's going to stay cold," McMaster said at a press conference Wednesday.


In Louisiana, Sinclair station WOAI reports that a local police department took matters into its own hands.

The Slidell Police Department posted a wanted poster Tuesday offering $100,000,000 for Queen Elsa of "Frozen."


In Tennessee, schools closed as the National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory in some regions, Sinclair's WZTV reports.

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