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Tue February 11, 2014
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Forecasters say Deep South Facing "Catastrophic Event"

ATLANTA (AP/WMOT) — It appears the mid-state has dodged the weather bullet again, but much of the Deep South will not be so lucky.

In a rare dire warning, forecasters say a winter storm making its way across the region could be a "catastrophic event" for residents across metro Atlanta and much of Georgia.

National Weather Service forecasters issued the warning this morning. They say the storm could reach "historical proportions."

Many Atlanta residents already are heeding officials' advice to stay home. Schools are canceled, and streets were largely empty during the usually busy morning commute.

Forecasters say widespread outages are possible due to ice buildup. As much as 9 inches of snow could fall in parts of north Georgia by tomorrow night.

By contrast, the mid-state forecast is calling for less than a half inch of snow tomorrow and tomorrow night. We'll be pushing 60 degrees by Sunday.