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ATLANTA — Drivers got caught in monumental traffic jams and abandoned their cars Wednesday in North Carolina in a replay of what happened in Atlanta just two weeks ago, as another wintry storm across the South iced highways and knocked out electricity to more than a half-million homes and bu…

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Albert Simpson walks under an umbrella as sleet falls in downtown Florence on Wednesday morning.

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BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Trees and limbs began snapping under the weight of a coat of ice in east Alabama early Wednesday, blocking roads during a winter storm that forecasters said could leave as much as a foot of snow in the Tennessee Valley.

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Across the South, winter-weary residents woke up today to a region encased in ice, snow and freezing rain, with forecasters warning that the worst of the potentially "catastrophic" storm is yet to come.

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Jameson Lewey, 3½, above, watches as his aunt, Tori Lothrop, tosses a snowball at his grandmother, Sally Lothrop, as they play in the snow in the Forest Hills subdivision Tuesday. Below, Sally Lothrop, who just moved to the Shoals from California to be near her grandchildren, wards off a sno…

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TUSCUMBIA — Dwindling supplies of salt and deicing agents will make clearing Shoals roads and bridges more of a challenge with the predicted onslaught of 3-5 inches of snow today.