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Winter storm prompts emergency declaration in Ga.

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By JEFF MARTIN and RAY HENRY
Associated Press

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will declare a state of emergency as a winter storm coats the region with snow and ice.

Deal's spokesman, Brian Robinson, said Tuesday that the declaration covers all 159 counties in the state and will help free up resources that are needed to address emergency situations as they arise.

A winter storm coated the metro Atlanta region with snow Tuesday afternoon. State transportation officials said a mass of commuters leaving downtown Atlanta at once created traffic jams on interstates and surface streets. Officials have said the traffic jams complicated efforts to remove snow and ice from area roads.

Robinson says state government offices will remain closed until noon Wednesday. Many school districts, county and municipal offices have also announced that they'd be closed Wednesday.

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