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Thousands Without Power Across Several States Due to Storm

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Snow, ice, and an occasional plow truck were pretty much all you could see on the roads and streets around Atlanta Wednesday morning.

Most drivers heeded warnings from Georgia officials to stay home. Authorities are trying to avoid the epic traffic jams that clogged icy interstates around Atlanta two weeks ago. The area is expected to get almost 18 hours of precipitation.

Georgia utility companies say more than 200,000 customers are without power. The ice could knock out power for days.

Even though road crews pre-treated major streets around Atlanta, the roads are still slick, and dangerous. Even four-wheel drive vehicles struggled for traction in Louisiana. Several cars slipped and slid off icy roads.

Schools, and businesses are closed across the South as the area gets a dangerous coating of ice and snow. Power has already been knocked out to thousands of homes and businesses.

"The next 48 hours are going to be very tough here in the Carolinas from the coast all the way to the mountains," says North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is asking President Barack Obama to declare the state a federal disaster area.

Forecasters say conditions could get even worse as the storm barrels up the coast. "It then moves to the Northeast as a classic Nor'easter. The heaviest accumulations will be in interior portions of the Northeast," says WBBM Meteorologist Megan Glaros.

Suburbs and rural areas west of New York and Boston are bracing for a possible foot and a half of snow. Around 3,000 flights have been cancelled so far today.

(The Associated Press & CBS News contributed to this report.)

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