Parts of the Southeast are digging out Friday after a winter storm dumped snow across the region. The storm led to downed trees, accidents and thousands of power outages.
Up to half a foot of snow fell in areas of Mississippi, making it nearly impossible to drive.
In Virginia, state police were flooded with calls during the worst of the storm. Dispatchers received more than 700 reports of accidents or disabled vehicles.
Heavy snow forced businesses and schools to close early in Alabama. That led to a nightmare on the interstates.
"It took me an hour and a half to probably drive about 10 miles," one commuter recalled.
"The snow started getting pretty heavy and the next thing we knew, things just got slower and slower until things finally stopped. It was like that for three-four hours for sure," another commuter said.
Along with snow, the storm brought strong winds. Nick Paleocrassas, from Raleigh, N.C., said a tree fell on his car, narrowly missing his house.
"We heard a loud rumbling noise," he recalled. "I thought it was my kids upstairs jumping off of beds. Turned out nothing was going on inside. We looked outside and saw the tree."
One new mom enjoyed the snow, even with her power out.
"We're just going to sit by the fire, stay warm and wait for her first snow," she said.
Farmers also welcomed the snow. The Southeast has been hit hard by the nation's worst drought in decades. Experts say rain and snow this winter are crucial.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, about a third of Mississippi is in drought and more than 91 percent of Georgia.
Meanwhile, sunny skies are expected Friday across much of the region hit by the storm. But officials warn residents to be careful of black ice.
Remnants of the storm are expected to move north Friday.