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Southern US hit by rare snowstorm

Statue of a Texas Longhorn covered in snow
The statues of Longhorn cattle in downtown Dallas got a rare dusting of snow

A rare heavy snowstorm has hit the Deep South of the United States, closing schools and leading to the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

A record 12in (30cm) of snow fell in Dallas, Texas, causing almost 200 accidents, according to local police.

The storm is expected to spread from Georgia to large parts of North and South Carolina overnight.

It comes as the north-eastern US continues to dig out from blizzards that hit the region on Wednesday.

In Washington DC, the federal government reopened after four days.

Child in sledding in Atlanta, Georgia
A child in Atlanta, Georgia made the most of the little snow to fall there

Two storms hit the capital in the past week, turning this winter into the snowiest on record.

Most schools in the area said they would remain closed until after the President's Day holiday on Monday.

In parts of Florida and Georgia, the anticipation of snow was enough to cancel classes.

Andalusia, a small city in southern Alabama, recorded its highest snowfall in 37 years - 2in (5cm) as of Friday morning.

And with snow expected as far north as Atlanta, Delta Air Lines and its partners cancelled more than 1,000 flights departing from or arriving at its hub in the city.

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