2017 ends with blast of freezing weather

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters issued winter weather advisories across much of the Deep South ahead of plunging temperatures that are expected to last for the next few days.

The National Weather Service warned that freezing rain and a wintry mix of precipitation was possible in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana through the holiday weekend.

In Georgia, advocates for the homeless said they feared the unusually long stretch of frigid weather could bring death to some of Atlanta's homeless. Temperatures are expected to plunge into the teens Monday and Tuesday night.

Drew Benton said he and other volunteers are prepared to distribute supplies to Atlanta's homeless for the next eight nights if temperatures dip below freezing as expected.