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1/20/08

Winter Weather Whoa's Sweep The Nation

From the bitter cold, to the crippling snow and ice, the latest blast of wintry weather has sent chills up the spines of more than half the nation.  

"You just kind of feel the cold in the bones of your face," said Melissa Taavola.  Nearly two feet of fresh powder blanketed parts of upstate New York, a cold snap that has created havoc in places where snow is a rarity.  

"I don't go outside," said Nancy Evans.  "I don't drive in it.  Us southerners don't know how to drive in it, so I just stay home."  In Alabama, forecasters are expecting more than six inches of snow to fall, and the Carolinas have already been pounded by rain and sleet.

In Georgia, there have been major delays for thousands of travelers.  At Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the nation's busiest, more than 300 flights were canceled this weekend. 

"I was supposed to fly this morning to Cincinnati, and it looks like I probably won't leave until tomorrow," said one weary traveler.  With wind chills below zero, cities like Chicago have set up warming centers for the homeless.  

"I'm in a shelter right now," said one homeless woman.  "I'll be out in a couple of months, but this cold weather, I can't handle it."  In the South, things are expected to should get better pretty soon.  Forecasters are predicting temperatures to warm up by the end of the month.

Layton Livingston, Reporting.  llivingston@kltv.com

 

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