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SOUTHERN-STYLE SNOWSTORM: GRIDLOCK, KIND NEIGHBORS
Associated Press ^ | January 29, 2014 | Ray Henry,Russ Bynum

Posted on 01/29/2014 5:02:55 AM PST by Biggirl

ATLANTA (AP) -- Students camped out with teachers in school gyms or on buses and commuters abandoned cars along the highway to seek shelter in churches, fire stations - even grocery stores - after a rare snowstorm left thousands of unaccustomed Southerners frozen in their tracks.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: snow; wimps; winter
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Welcome to winter in the south!
1 posted on 01/29/2014 5:02:56 AM PST by Biggirl
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To: Biggirl

I’m not having problems, are other people?


2 posted on 01/29/2014 5:06:40 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Biggirl

When I first moved to Georgia from New Hampshire a neighbor saw my snow shovel and remarked that in Georgia people don’t shovel snow, they wait for it to go away. He was right.


3 posted on 01/29/2014 5:06:52 AM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Biggirl
It could be worse... (Blizzard of '78)...


4 posted on 01/29/2014 5:09:30 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Biggirl

3 inches of snow and the whole city shuts down. Amazing!


5 posted on 01/29/2014 5:09:58 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Biggirl

that is ridiculous


6 posted on 01/29/2014 5:10:45 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Biggirl

I made a call to College of Charleston yesterday and they were CLOSED because they were anticipating snow!


7 posted on 01/29/2014 5:11:30 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
It's not snow; it's ice.

Generally, when it snows in Atlanta the roadways are still warm and the initial snows melts. Within minutes, the below-freezing air freezes the melted snow and in an hour's time the roads of an entire metro area are completely covered with ice, not snow.

It's similar to the phenomenon that causes Atlanta to have ice storms, where all outdoor surfaces, including power lines and tree limbs, become covered with 1/2" or more of solid ice.

I could drive in Boston and Chicago snow. I can't drive in Atlanta ice.

8 posted on 01/29/2014 5:12:51 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Biggirl
In the South, if it sticks the kids are out of school. Unlike in the North, where you get it all the time and are thoroughly sick of it by the end of December, it's a new and exciting experience.

My son in college in Mississippi, went out and was pulled behind a 4-wheeler in a plastic box (he also went target-shooting to make his "Redneck Winter Festival" complete).

When I was going to Mississippi State back in the early 1980's, during snow storms we'd take lunch trays out of the cafeteria and then slide down "hernia hill", a large hill near the middle of campus. There would be students at the top of both hills on the road that would stop traffic when there were kids running down, then let the traffic through when they cleared out (the cafeteria sold old trays for .50 each so we weren't stealing anything). The cafeteria and student union would both have hot chocolate. It was a real festival.

9 posted on 01/29/2014 5:13:16 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: Biggirl

apparently people were stranded all over the Birmingham metro area and still are. I saw plenty yesterday when it took an hour and a half to get to my children—usually a 25 minute drive. The weather itself wasn’t the worst I have been in, it was the drivers and the hills.


10 posted on 01/29/2014 5:17:09 AM PST by BudgieRamone (Everybody loves a bonk on the head.)
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To: Biggirl

11 posted on 01/29/2014 5:22:09 AM PST by DainBramage
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To: Timber Rattler

3 inches of snow and the whole city shuts down.

Got .6” in Spartanburg, SC. That’s six tenths of an inch.

No School. No work. No mail delivery. Nuthin...

Of course, it’s all ice. I don’t care where you’re from, you can’t drive on ice. Especially when there are no sanding or salting trucks available below the Mason-Dixon line.


12 posted on 01/29/2014 5:24:55 AM PST by Paisan
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Don’t forget the “Houston Strong” t-shirts and the all-star concert!


13 posted on 01/29/2014 5:27:28 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: Timber Rattler
3 inches of snow and the whole city shuts down. Amazing!

1 inch in Chattanooga and it was a mess. Not as bad as Atlanta, not by a long shot, but several people had a very long, slow drive home yesterday afternoon.

In defense of Atlanta (maybe defense is the wrong word), that city is just one "fender-bender" away from traffic chaos anyway. It has way too many cars for the amount of road/infrastructure as it is. Throw in slippery roads and you have a complete mess.

And no, southern cities don't have fleets of salt/plow trucks standing by like they do up north. It wouldn't make sense to spend that kind of money for trucks that they'd only use once every 3 years or so.

14 posted on 01/29/2014 5:29:40 AM PST by meyer (Who needs gas chambers when you have Obamacare?)
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To: Paisan

” I don’t care where you’re from, you can’t drive on ice”

The northerners I know always laughed about it until their first real ice storm, then they understood the difference between ice and the pretty snow.


15 posted on 01/29/2014 5:34:48 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: tet68

“I’m not having problems, are other people?”

Still snowing here at the northern OBX in NC. Only about 5 inches of snow, just not equipped to handle it.


16 posted on 01/29/2014 5:36:49 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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Pff. Its easy to drive on ice. Wusses. (Never mind that where I live a railroad grade is a steep hill...)


17 posted on 01/29/2014 5:44:38 AM PST by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: Biggirl
I talked to my sister this morning and my Aunt last night. Ice on those hills is a disaster. It took her 3 hours to do a normal 30 minute drive - and then had to have a neighbor drive her home since her winding road to the residence was nothing but ice.

Snow is easy. Driving on ice is treacherous.

18 posted on 01/29/2014 5:52:15 AM PST by Maigrey (Life, for a liberal, is one never-ending game of Calvinball. - giotto)
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To: tet68

I’m in the worst of it and I’m like WTF there’s only 1/2 on the ground.


19 posted on 01/29/2014 5:52:26 AM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: Scoutmaster

I can drive in New Jersey ice.


20 posted on 01/29/2014 5:54:46 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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