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While the South freezes, South Florida can sunbathe

While the Deep South prepares to freeze on Wednesday, South Florida will bask.

After a cool start in the mid-60s, temperatures will rise to the low-80s. Rain chance is 20 percent.

Rain chance will increase Wednesday night and Thursday, and temperatures on Thursday night will dip into the 50s.

But that's nothing compared with Georgia where emergency management workers hunkered down in Atlanta waiting to spring into action as rain — along with temperatures — fell overnight, potentially leading to "catastrophic" ice conditions forecasters said could hit the region.

Already, Georgia Power was reporting more than 2,000 power outages early Wednesday throughout the state. Forecasters and officials said that number would probably grow throughout the day. In north Georgia, morning snow was falling. Other areas of the South, from Louisiana to South Carolina, and the Mid-Atlantic also were expected to get socked with a wintry mix of ice, snow and freezing rain.

Atlanta and the surrounding region dodged the first punch of a dangerous winter storm Tuesday, but forecasters warned that the second punch would likely bring a thick layer of ice and heavy winds that could knock out power to thousands of people and leave people stranded in their cold, dark homes for days.

 -- Miami Herald staff and wire report



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