Could Atlanta's "Snow Jam" Happen in Texas?

Last week, thousands of Atlanta drivers found themselves stuck in vehicles that weren’t going anywhere. About two inches of snow had abruptly paralyzed the city. Cars were abandoned on highways. Thousands of schoolchildren spent the night away from their parents, many sleeping in classrooms or buses.

The incident, dubbed "Snow Jam" by local news outlets, drew national attention to that region’s lack of preparedness for the storm. It also exposed the challenges facing urban areas in Texas and other southern states in planning for the kind of severe winter weather that doesn't come often.

In Atlanta, the problems developed ...

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