Winter storm causes wrecks, gridlock in the South
Forecasters said the Hampton Roads area of Virginia could see a foot of snow. Schools and businesses planned to close early, with the storm expected to further clog an already-busy afternoon commute.
In coastal Charleston, it was a balmy 62 degrees Monday. But the approaching weather led the College of Charleston to cancel classes Tuesday. There was a forecast of rain, and sleet in the late afternoon, with the first snow expected Wednesday morning. The city was expecting up to 3 inches of snow and a ½ inch of ice.
Nationwide, nearly 3,000 flights within, into or out of the U.S. had been cancelled Tuesday, according to statistics from the flight tracking service FlightAware. Only a couple of hundred flights are canceled in the U.S. on a typical day.
At the Okefenokee Swamp in far south Georgia, the alligators were slowing down and burrowing into mud to stay warm.
"Their metabolism slows down so they’re able to not breathe as often, so they don’t have to come to the surface as often," said Susan Heisey, a supervisory ranger at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. "These alligators have been on this earth a long time and they’ve made it through."
Associated Press writers Bruce Smith in Charleston, S.C.; Jay Reeves in Montgomery, Ala.; Ray Henry in Atlanta; Brock Vergakis in Norfolk, Va.; and Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans contributed to this report.