Paralyzed by the glaze and gridlock, countless drivers in the Deep South spent the night shivering in their cars, unable to get home after more than half a day ... and counting ... following a rare winter storm. Here, a travel warning sign is seen along Interstate 65 in Mobile, Ala.
Chris Campbell, a student at Kennesaw College, leaves his car to walk home following a rare snowstorm in Kennesaw, Ga.
This isn't rush hour in Atlanta. Taken at 3 a.m. Wednesday, these are drivers still stranded on a major highway due to treacherous icy conditions.
Commuters sat in stand-still traffic for hours Tuesday into Wednesday after snow and ice covered the streets and highways in metro Atlanta.
Unable to get home because of icy roads, students sleep in the gym at East Rivers Elementary School in Atlanta.
Abandoned cars litter the sides of the streets in the Atlanta area.
Workers with the city of Mobile shovel dirt on a bridge as cold weather descends upon Alabama.
Icicles hang from a street sign in Mobile, Ala.
Cars drive under a traffic sign displaying winter storm warnings following a rare snowstorm in Kennesaw, Ga.
CNN Meteorologist Sean Morris measures 1.25 inches of snow in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park on Tuesday afternoon.
With 2 to 4 inches of snow covering Hoover High School 's campus, more than 1,000 of the Alabama school's 3,000 students and staff were trapped inside Tuesday night.
CNN iReporter Mary Ann Moses of Peachtree City, Ga., captures a rare wintertime image of Starr's Mill Pond.
Interstate 75/85 in downtown Atlanta was ice-covered and packed with vehicles around midnight Tuesday.
An unidentified Taco Bell serves as a makeshift shelter for those left stranded by an unusual winter storm near Atlanta.
Home Depot opened 26 stores to travelers overnight in Alabama and Georgia.
At the stores, some briefly forgot their snow woes and watched movies in break rooms. "At one store they even opened up an indoor garden area to be a quiet area to open for reading," said Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for the store chain.