People in Birmingham, Ala., made it home any way they could after a winter storm paralyzed the city on Tuesday.
Highway 400 in Atlanta, Ga., is empty Wednesday morning after businesses and schools closed on Tuesday (Jan. 28) because of a winter storm.
Snow fell during rush hour in Atlanta, snarling traffic and trapping motorists for hours.
Stuck in snow and ice
Gridlock in Birmingham, Ala. on Tuesday afternoon.
A fire truck drives the wrong way up an Atlanta street because of gridlock.
Polar bear plunge
Snow surrounds a pool in Birmingham, Ala.
The snow depth measured by NOAA satellites after the winter storm struck Jan. 28.
While the South froze, Alaska hit record high temperatures this week.
Storm from space
The winter storm as seen from space by NOAA's weather satellite.
Before the snow moved in, cold temperatures turned a water feature into an ice sculpture on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
What a difference
A view of the Horseshoe, the main quad at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., before and after a winter storm dropped several inches of snow over the region.
Becky Oskin, Contributing Writer
Becky Oskin covers Earth science, climate change and space, as well as general science topics. Becky was a science reporter at Live Science and The Pasadena Star-News; she has freelanced for New Scientist and the American Institute of Physics. She earned a master's degree in geology from Caltech, a bachelor's degree from Washington State University, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz.