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.