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Mike Reynolds was waiting at a Greenville gas station for a tow truck to pull his car out of the mixture of snow and ice.

“This really sucks,” said Mr. Reynolds, 26, who works at a convenience store. “I told my boss what happened and that I was going to be late, but I’m not sure he believed me.”

Conditions were unlikely to improve any time soon. Temperatures should stay below freezing for days, and more snow is predicted — adding to the task of overworked road crews.

Atlanta, which has received 4 to 7 inches, has just eight snow plows. The city hired a fleet of 11 privately run trucks to help spread salt and gravel.

The arctic weather began rolling across the South on Sunday, coating bridges and roads with snow, sleet and freezing rain. The governors of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee declared emergencies.

But the storm also offered kids — and some adults — a rare chance to play in the snow.

“I’m trying to have a snowball fight with my friend,” said 15-year-old Connor Ormond of Columbia, S.C., as he trotted to a friend’s house, snowball in hand. “This is the most snow I’ve ever seen!”

In Memphis, Tenn., 21-year-old Ronni Jupson said the roads weren’t as bad as she feared they would be.

“I love snow, I’m not going to lie,” she said. “I got really nostalgic. I’m just sad that I have to be an adult and work.”

Contributing to this report were Associated Press photographers Mike Stewart and David Goldman in Atlanta and AP writers Dorie Turner and Don Schanche in Atlanta; Adrian Sainz in Memphis, Tenn.; and Mitch Weiss in Greenville, S.C.