North Carolina Is This Storm's Atlanta

Ice and snow bring gridlock, too

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 12, 2014 7:37 PM CST

(Newser) – Today's big winter storm is arriving as advertised throughout parts of the South, and the images emerging from North Carolina suggest that the state didn't learn from Atlanta's mistakes last month. The AP reports that pretty much the same thing happened to Raleigh and other cities this afternoon: People left work early as the snow began, and everybody seemed to do so around the same time. The result has been gridlock on interstates and on roads big and small. (In Atlanta, meanwhile, the roads are mostly clear.)

“I thought I was going to go through town, but now I‘m not sure we’re going anywhere,” one stranded driver near downtown Raleigh tells the News & Observer. About 100,000 homes and businesses have lost power in the state, along with 200,000 in Georgia and 245,000 in South Carolina. At least 11 deaths have been blamed on the storm, which is expected to keep tracking toward the Northeast overnight.

Kevin Miller looks out of the passenger window of his friend's car as they sit in stuck traffic during a storm Wednesday in Raleigh, N.C.
Kevin Miller looks out of the passenger window of his friend's car as they sit in stuck traffic during a storm Wednesday in Raleigh, N.C.   (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Scott Sharpe)
Francios Bigand helps push a car as it attempts to climb a hill on Boylan Avenue in Raleigh, N.C.
Francios Bigand helps push a car as it attempts to climb a hill on Boylan Avenue in Raleigh, N.C.   (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Travis Long)
Traffic is stalled along Independence Boulevard as vehicles crawl along the slick roadway in Charlotte, N.C.
Traffic is stalled along Independence Boulevard as vehicles crawl along the slick roadway in Charlotte, N.C.   (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Davie Hinshaw)
The scene today on northbound Interstate 85 in Durham, N.C.
The scene today on northbound Interstate 85 in Durham, N.C.   (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Chuck Liddy)
A Highway Patrol officer checks on the safety of a stranded motorist in Raleigh, N.C.
A Highway Patrol officer checks on the safety of a stranded motorist in Raleigh, N.C.   (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Travis Long)
Traffic along Independence Boulevard in Charlotte, N.C.
Traffic along Independence Boulevard in Charlotte, N.C.   (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Davie Hinshaw)
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