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Warning over freezing temperatures as southern US states hit by snow

A winter storm has shrouded the Deep South in the US in snow and threatened more as it advances eastwards.

With temperatures expected to sink below freezing across much of the region, forecasters warned that black ice could make roads treacherous.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for northern Georgia, including metro Atlanta, and forecast up to three inches of additional snow.

The snowfall was enough to remind some residents of the 2014 storm that brought the city to a standstill and stranded motorists on roads overnight with just two inches of precipitation.

Businesses closed and commuters left work early as snow mixed with rain fell in downtown Atlanta, jamming traffic on slushy roads far ahead of the usual rush hour.

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