Skip to comments.Total chaos: 1-3 inches of snow cripples metro Atlanta
Posted on 01/29/2014 5:09:35 AM PST by Pan_Yan
The blizzard of '93 brought more snow than most Atlanta natives had ever seen or will see.
The floods of 2009 brought an unexpected rush of water that submerged interstates.
The winter storm of 2011 took an entire week away from the city.
But the Snow Jam of 2014 might be the single craziest weather day in Atlanta in a generation.
1-to-3 inches of snow, mixed in with an afternoon drive that still hasn't ended has brought Atlanta to its knees again.
There are certain things we dont have control over and one of those is the weather. This came rather unexpectedly," Governor Nathan Deal said. "The time frame in which it hit was a very short time frame. And I think were better prepared now than we were in 2011.
Metro Atlanta interstates have been gridlocked since about 1 p.m. Tuesday. Commutes stretched 8-to-10 hours. And that's for those who actually got home.
Thousands have been stranded in their cars just sitting in the middle of the road.
(Excerpt) Read more at wsbradio.com ...
Y’all staying home today?
They better hurry to get out there and shovel it before it melts.
It did NOT come SUDDENLY! Not one bit. Weather forecasters were telling people at least up to the night before.
The fact is and the problem was that authorities and institutions sat on their fat duffs until at least 1 or 2 PM, when it was far to late to be going anyway.
And, when they finally acted, the did it at once - and the roads clogged and clogged. Meanwhile the snow dumped and dumped. No wonder that people are still sitting in their cars this morning.
It’s easier to drive on that than it is a bridge slicked down with smooth black ice as is the case here.
It’s supposed to get up to 33 today ... just enough to smooth the ice out on the roads. As for shovels I’ve got two that have been collecting dust for years waiting for this. I broke them out yesterday. Can’t shovel anything this morning because it’s all solid.
Reminds me of some of the roads where I grew up. The reflectors on the side of the road were on top of 10’ poles.
Snow’s one thing to drive on; ice is a whole ‘nother ballgame and foolish if you even try. When I hear ice in the forecast, I stay off the roads.
That is what it used to look like when we walked to
grade school in Chicago in the winter, nothing but
a cold sweet potato in our pocket for lunch, up hill
Frigid females fear flocking traffic. They give up and crash
“cold sweet potato in our pocket for lunch”, ROTFLMAO!!! That made my day!
I had to climb switchbacks. Barefoot.
Wait, you got a potato!?!
OMG!! 1” TO 2” SNOW!!! As a Minnesotan, I feel sooo sorry for you... No I don’t. :D
I like to give southerners guff about being totally incapable of driving on snow...
The idea that 9000 kids had to sleep overnight at school is ridiculous.
What would have happened if the heat had gone off.
Stupid, stupid people.
Considering that the snow was 3ft. deep and I was only
3ft tall and I had to walk with my little sister, it
was a nightmare.
Some days we only got the potato skin.
They gave you lunch?
Now, to be fair, that sweet potato was hot in the morning when you were walking up hill.
It was to keep your hands warm, because you had no gloves... or pockets.
You had hands, and you were grateful!
Yeah in the upper peninsula of Michigan there are sticks along side the roads so snowplows can find them. They use straight saplings with the branches cut off stuck in the road shoulders.
Yer d*** right I’m staying home today!
I know how to drive in it and have a great vehicle for getting around in it. Those other idiots out there, not so much.
I’m in upstate NY. Temps are rough but we still go out. Roads aren’t too bad. Of course, we know how to drive.
I did the same thing in Arlington Hts-Mt Prospect area, 1956-1967, walked to grade school/jr high/high school every damned day. Only wussies took the busses, and we only had a few of them.
And WE LIKED IT!
My garage faces north, so I shoveled the drive in front of the garage last night. It’s really slow to melt even when it does warm up, because it doesn’t get much sun.
I remember one really bad winter when my mom
put a picture of a potato in my lunch box.
I would take it out periodically and put the
corner in my mouth to ward off hunger, sure
was glad when lunch time came and I could eat
the whole thing.
Here in SE TN we knew we were in for snow..
when we do get snow its usually gone by noon..
This time its still here...
it was about 30 here for a high yesterday and in the low teens last night..
its going to be 8 tonight..
our snow will be around a few days..
frozen solid but still SNOW...
good thing I moved my car down to the road yesterday morning...
My driveway is still covered in about 3, 4 inches and probably frozen ..
the snowplow came down my road yesterday and it looks like they laid salt..the road is slush..
but at least I didn’t lose power and I can get out if needed..
Lose power ???
Oh noez...I might have missed the SOTU...
Actually would that have been such a bad thing ???
Wait; you had sweet potatoes? So that’s where they all went those years? We only had lint balls in our pockets. LOL.
damn that global warming...it’s a pesky little creature...turning on and off like a light bulb...where’s Al Gore - he’ll write a book and make everything ok again...
My snow shovel is buried deep in my tool shed....I haven’t used it in years...
that’s where we lived, on N.Yale,
a couple of blocks from the horse track.
How about that.
“Yall staying home today?”
You Betcha. Still snowing here in the northern OBX of NC.
I won’t pretend I didn’t enjoy the commute this morning. It’s kind of like back when I was in the Navy. The happiest moments were standing between the turbines, a/c off, pouring sweat, boat not moving, reactor scrammed, slinging steam valves open in a race to get a generator back on line before the battery ran out.
We used to mix our lint balls with yellow snow and
pretend it was lemonade.
My mom and I were remonising about having a clothes
rack in the utility room with ten pairs of gloves
drying on it, Those were the days.
Only got an inch in western VA (just east of the Blue Ridge). Usually as soon as it snows here, it starts to melt, but not this one. Roads are covered and there won’t be much thawing going on until at least noon, I expect. High temp will be about 30. Then by late afternoon, it’s all going to refreeze. Some trucks and SUV’s are out and about, but that’s about it.
Good news is, after today, daytime temps are forecast to be well above freezing for a couple of weeks.
But Joe Bastardi thinks that Feb. could be rough as well, so we’re not totally out of the woods yet. You can catch Joe’s weekly report at weatherbell.com.
I had to draw my own picture of a potato. I drew on the largest untattered piece of my threadbare tshirt. My only shirt.
I flew out of Atlanta yesterday morning before the snow hit. The locals and the media heads were all abuzz about the weather to arrive.
As an ex-northerner I just gotta laugh.
Glad I don't live near there anymore.
Totally different scenario - as you most surely know. And if you read the stories of folks who are still stranded, you might be able to grow a heart.
Though handy, batteries still suck as a long term source of power.
Here we wouldn’t have even checked for school cancellations in the morning
The article says there are 600 kids at Marietta High School alone.
We lived on South Derbyshire Lane, right off Northwest Highway, in a section called Stonegate. I went to Windsor Elementary, Miner Jr HS, and Mt Prospect. Remember “The Cellar” nightclub?
With your own blood too. At least it was protein.
Probably as nutricious as library paste on crackers.
Kind of had to have them on a submarine.
You missed a good snow. We got about 3 inches.