The winter storm that paralyzed much of the Deep South in the U.S. left an Ontario woman stranded for 20 hours on the I-75 in Atlanta.

Tina Wells stopped moving at 6 p.m. Tuesday night. She spent 20 hours in her car before moving again Wednesday at about 1 p.m.

'People are abandoning their cars.' - Tina Wells

“It’s like a big sheet of ice everywhere. It’s craziness. People [were] abandoning their cars,” Wells told CBC Windsor’s Bob Steele, host of The Bridge. “I have all my stuff in my car. I’d hate to abandon it.”

Wells left Kingsville, southwest of Windsor, on Monday. She spent Monday night in Lexington, KY, before heading to Stone Mountain, GA.

A winter storm began Tuesday, bringing snow, ice and extreme cold, with temperatures around –10C in some places.

Wells became stranded 40 minutes away from her destination.

“Every road to get to my destination has been closed. I could possibly walk to the next exit but I don’t know what’s there. I feel safer in my car," she said prior to moving again.

Tina Wells

Tina Wells finished two books, tweeted, texted and finished some paperwork while trapped in car overnight. (Tina Wells/ Twitter)

Wells kept herself busy for 20 hours by reading two books, listening to the radio, texting friends and doing paperwork.

“The night’s flown by. I didn’t get any sleep,” Wells said.

"Been stuck here for 7 hours!" Wells posted on Facebook page at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wells filled her tank with gas before reaching Atlanta. She had half a tank left when she stopped moving. She also had a candle to keep her warm.

“We Canadians know to keep a candle in your car so I give the car a rest,” she said.

Every now and then she got out and stretched her legs in order “to prevent blood clots,” she said.

As many as 50 million people across the southeast region could be affected by the time the snow stops on Wednesday. About 7.5 centimetres was forecast for parts of Georgia.

Wells, who was heading to Georgia for a medical procedure, said the temperature Wednesday afternoon was -7C.

“Things should warm up by Thursday,” she said.