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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published February 16 2014

Weather Talk: Weather across South this past week serious

We often get a little laugh when Southerners shut down for an inch of snow, but the weather across much of the South this past week has been serious. From Georgia to the Carolinas, freezing rain accumulated to more than an inch in many areas, causing whole trees to topple. Not only were roads incredibly icy, but they were covered with trees and power lines.

In Birmingham, Ala., snow accumulated to a depth of 3 inches. This was the second measurable snowfall of the winter, which is rare but not unheard of. What makes the Birmingham snow remarkable is that both of the snows this winter have remained on the ground for more than a day. This is notable because the city of Birmingham does not have a single snowplow, so Birmingham residents, who are unfamiliar with winter driving anyway, have had to wait for snow to melt on both occasions.

When we get some hot and humid weather next summer, Southerners will rightfully chuckle at our complaints.

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