Decatur, Georgia -- along with the rest of metro Atlanta -- is expected to see freezing rain and sleet through about 7 tonight, with possible ice accumulations of up to three-quarters of an inch. CNN's Nick Valencia in Decatur, ladies and gentlemen:
Not surprisingly, the Georgia Department of Transportation isn't too enthusiastic about today's conditions:
A truck accident in the Atlanta area:
Parts of Tennessee also are getting snow, freezing rain and sleet. Here's a picture from the southern part of the state, near the Alabama state line.
At least 143,546 customers were without power in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina as of 10:45 a.m. ET, according to multiple power companies throughout the region.
More than 100,000 customers were without power in Georgia alone. Most were in the Atlanta area.
The number of customers without power in the South has risen above 187,600, according to data released by utilities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has just praised Georgians for "heeding the warning" about today's storm.
People generally are "staying home and staying off the roadways," he said in a news conference at his office in Atlanta.
Contrast this with two weeks ago, when Atlanta-area highways were jammed for hours with people trying to leave the city as slightly more than 2 inches of snow fell.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is about to talk to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the storm, and CNN will show that live.
While we're waiting for that: The Red Cross said today that more than 1,000 blood drives have been canceled around the country since the start of 2014 because of severe winter weather.
"If you are in a region unaffected by (this week's) storm, please consider making an appointment to donate blood or platelets," the Red Cross said in a prepared statement issued Wednesday afternoon.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's advice to residents: Keep doing what you've generally been doing today -- "stay off the roads unless it's absolutely necessary."
He told CNN's Wolf Blitzer minutes ago that the public, for the most part, has been staying home, which means residents are out of the way of crews that are trying to treat roads and restore power.
Georgia Power, the state's largest utility, reports that more than 120,000 of its customers are without electricity. The utility has said that anything more than a half-inch of ice could mean thousands and thousands of power outages for days -- and parts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia could get at least this much ice through Thursday.
More than 252,000 utility customers are without electricity in South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana Alabama, Arkansas and North Carolina, according to power company officials.
About 121,000 of those customers are in South Carolina. Georgia had more than 119,000.
At least 420,000 customers are now without power in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama and Louisiana, utility officials say.
Most of those -- 183,000 -- are in South Carolina. More than 130,000 are in Georgia. The city of Wilmington, North Carolina, has more than 58,000.
A mall in the Raleigh-Durham area is offering shelter to gridlocked drivers.
Part of the problem in Raleigh -- the snow started at 2 p.m., CNN meteorologist Chad Myers says.
In Fayetteville, North Carolina -- roughly 60 miles south of Raleigh -- officials are asking everyone to stay where they are after the storm moved in quickly. “The traffic is becoming impassable. We have several abandoned cars,” a spokesperson for the City of Fayetteville said. “Roads are very treacherous, can’t see the curbs for the roads.”
Photo by Faith Abubéy/WFMY in Greensboro, NC
The weather in the Raleigh-Durham area caught North Carolinians off guard when it changed from a "non-precipitation event to heavy snowfall," the State Highway Patrol's Public Information Officer tells us.