Jan 10, 2011 9:45 AM by Bea Karnes
ATLANTA (MSNBC) - Several inches of snow and freezing rain will make the Monday morning commute for those forced to venture out nearly impossible in parts of the South, including Atlanta, where countless cars were stuck on impassable highways and roads while the world's busiest airport canceled thousands of flights.
"It may be a good day to stay home ... as much of the snow, sleet, ice and rain shifts into the Southeast," the Weather Channel said. "Snow will stretch from the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma to North Carolina and northwest South Carolina."
More than 6 inches of snow could fall in north and central Oklahoma and the southern Appalachians, the Weather Channel reported.
The winter blast rolled across the South on Sunday, coating bridges and roads with snow, sleet and freezing rain. The governors of Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee declared emergencies and schools and colleges called off classes. Snow and ice had blanketed several cities, including up to 3 inches in parts of Atlanta, which rarely gets so much.
"We are facing a serious storm, which will have a critical impact on the City of Atlanta and the state of Georgia," Reed said in a statement on Atlanta's official website. "I am asking Atlanta residents to exercise extreme caution, place their safety first and stay off the roads, if possible."
But despite calls for people to stay off the roads, interstates around Atlanta were clogged with cars early Monday.