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Much of the South found itself in the nastiness of a winter storm Wednesday, with needle-like freezing rain, growing piles of snow and biting temperatures that turned roads into a slippery mess, cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people and grounded thousands of flights.

Published: February 12, 2014

A motorist, right, who abandoned their vehicle, walks through stopped traffic on northbound Interstate 85 during a winter storm Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Durham, N.C.

Chuck Liddy, The Charlotte Observer/AP Photo