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Freezing temperatures sweep U.S.

Updated 11:54 PM ET, Thu January 30, 2014
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A car lies half submerged in the Cahaba River in Mountain Brook, Alabama, on Thursday, January 30. The driver was able to escape before the car slid into the river during a snow storm on Tuesday and was not injured. A wave of arctic air that started over the Midwest and Plains spread to the Southeast, bringing snow, freezing ice and sleet to a region that doesn't deal with such weather very often. Hal Yeager/AP
Ice forms swirls on the banks of the Cahaba River in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, on January 30. Hal Yeager/AP
Travelers wait out flight delays at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on January 30. David Tulis/AP
Cars are left abandoned at the bottom of a hill in Birmingham, Alabama, on January 30. Hal Yeager/AP
Vehicles remain stranded along Interstate 20 in Leeds, Alabama, on Wednesday, January 29. David Tulis/AP
Abandoned cars are piled up on the median of an ice-covered road in Atlanta on January 29. David Tulis/AP
Police monitor a fire January 29 in a vehicle left overnight by a motorist who was stranded in Brookhaven, Georgia. John Amis/AP
A lone car travels on Interstate 75/85 in downtown Atlanta on January 29, a day after the roadway was packed with vehicles. ERIK S. LESSER/EPA/Landov
Sue Morrison watches as Chris McAdams scrapes ice from her car on January 29 in Panama City Beach, Florida. Andrew Wardlow/The News Herald/AP
Kevin Moore hands out snacks and water to stranded motorists on Interstate 285 in Dunwoody, Georgia, on January 29. Branden Camp/AP
Traffic is snarled along Interstate 285, north of metro Atlanta, on January 29. David Tulis/AP
A man stands on the frozen roadway January 29 as he waits for traffic to clear along Interstate 75 in Macon, Georgia. John Bazemore/AP
Caution tape is wrapped around a car that crashed into a tree after the driver lost control in Snellville, Georgia, on January 29. Moses Robinson/Getty Images
The ice-covered interstate highways running through Atlanta appear empty on January 29. David Tulis/AP
Icicles hang off a camellia bush in Savannah, Georgia's historic Forsyth Park after freezing rain hit the area on January 29. Stephen B. Morton/AP
Traffic moves past an ice-covered hill on Interstate 75 in Covington, Kentucky, on January 29. Al Behrman/AP
A police officer talks with a crash victim who was involved in a five-car pileup in Sandy Springs, Georgia, early on January 29. Branden Camp/AP
As dawn breaks on January 29, southbound traffic is at a standstill near downtown Atlanta. Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT/Landov
Gavin Chambers plays an electronic game January 29 at Oak Mountain Intermediate School in Indian Springs, Alabama. The severe weather forced thousands of students to spend the night in various school buildings across the state. Butch Dill/AP
Abandoned vehicles in Dunwoody, Georgia, line Interstate 285 early on January 29. Branden Camp/AP
A DeKalb County school bus sits abandoned near Interstate 285 in Dunwoody on January 29. Branden Camp/AP
People work to clear stranded vehicles on County Road 25 in Wilsonville, Alabama, on Tuesday, January 28. Hal Yeager/AP
Snow falls on cattle at Todd Galliher's farm in Harmony, North Carolina, on January 28. John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer/MCT/Getty Images
Two women are stranded at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on January 28 after flights were canceled due to the weather. Sean Gardner/Getty Images
Motorists jam Interstate 75/85 in Atlanta on January 28. David Tulis/UPI/LANDOV
A semi slides off the road as the driver tries to avoid another wrecked truck as snow begins to accumulate on Interstate 65 in Clanton, Alabama, on January 28. Clanton lies between the capital, Montgomery, and the state's biggest city, Birmingham. Butch Dill/AP
A man puts sand on the steps of his business in downtown Northport, Alabama, on January 28. Northport is near Tuscaloosa in the central-west part of the state. Michelle Lepianka Carter/The Tuscaloosa News/AP
Traffic travels along the highway near downtown Birmingham on January 28. TAMIKA MOORE/AL.COM/Landov
With temperatures around -10 degrees, commuters wait for a bus in Chicago on January 27. Scott Olson/Getty Images
The Duquesne Incline climbs Mount Washington across the frozen Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela rivers in downtown Pittsburgh on January 28. Gene J. Puskar/AP
Steam rises from Lake Michigan in Chicago on Monday, January 27. Scott Olson/Getty Images
Workers dump sand across a bridge in Covington, Louisiana, on January 27. Julia Kumari Drapkin/The Times-Picayune/LANDOv
A man jumps off a snow-covered sidewalk to cross a downtown Cleveland street January 27. A minor car accident is in the background. Mark Duncan/AP
Ice forms as waves crash along the Lake Michigan shore January 27 in Chicago. Kiichiro Sato/AP
A strong wind kicks up snow Sunday, January 26, in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, creating drifts over roads and parking lots. Marlin Levison/The Star Tribune/AP
The Cincinnati neighborhood of Mount Adams is shown blanketed in snow on Saturday, January 25. Amanda Lee Myers/AP
People walk in a snow squall January 25 in Trenton, New Jersey. Mel Evans/AP
Cars sit in drifts and plowed snow on January 25 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Andrew Kuhn/ MLIVE.COM/Landov
A North Hudson County firefighter walks in front of an ice-covered vehicle near a building where a six-alarm fire was put out January 24 in Union City, New Jersey. Julio Cortez/AP
Kyle Malott scraps the ice off his girlfriend's car near Covington, Louisiana, on January 24. David Grunfel/The Times-Picayune/AP
Ben Eggart pushes Hannah Graham down a hill at Girard Park in Lafayette, Louisiana, on January 24. Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser/AP
Ice floats by the Chicago skyline on Lake Michigan on Thursday, January 23. Nam Y. Huh/AP