Skip to comments.SNOWMAGEDDON! Atlanta Shut Down Entirely
Posted on 01/29/2014 7:22:03 AM PST by Lazamataz
Atlanta, Georgia was covered with what, in other parts of the country, might be considered a light dusting of snow. Approximately one to three inches of snow fell since noon Tuesday, and continued until about 5:00PM that same day.
Due to poor planning, bad decisions by employers and school officials, and slow reaction by commuters, a gridlock has happened that put the entire Metro area, and many major highways, entirely out of commission.
There are reports of some people who have been in their cars, stationary, for as many as 16 hours -- including one person who reports being on the road 21 hours. Many motorists have run out of gasoline, and quite a few commuters abandoned their vehicles to go into local restaurants and stores to keep warm.
HERO rescue trucks and salt-spreading vehicles have found it impossible to perform their duties due to the complete gridlock. Various city and county officials cannot predict when the crisis will ease.
It is estimated that 100,000 to as many as 250,000 people have been stranded overnight, and since the prediction is for no temperature increase over freezing (except for briefly midday) there is no estimate to when the gridlock will ease.
Road conditions are called 'extremely slick and very icy' and many accidents have been reported.
The South is completely unprepared to deal with icy roads, and the officials really dropped the ball. I imagine they will get appointments to the Obama administration for their incompetence.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.
One of my Facebook friends last night was discussing his drive from Daytona Beach to Houston. He said he was trying to avoid driving through New Orleans because “they aren’t as prepared for ice storms as they are for hurricanes.”
If their response to Katrina was any indication, Nawlins is gonna be TOTALLY PWNED by an ice storm...
That’s great. It starts with an earthquake...
I’m in Connecticut and driving in snow and on ice is hard. I don’t poke fun at southerners for making the reasonable decision not to do what you have no experience doing. I wish such thinking were more common generally.
I think the problem is unequal distribution of snow removal equipment. Is it fair that Minneapolis and Buffalo should have so much, and Atlanta hardly anything?? I think Obama should develop a WH task force to address this immediately!!
Seriously, even though we’re shivering up here in Pittsburgh in sub-zero weather, I do have sympathy for y’all stuck on the roads down there in Atlanta. I don’t know how I could have handled a 16-hour commute. I hope everyone got home ok.
A blonde woman was in a snowstorm and got lost. But she remembered what her father had told her to wait until a snow plow came along and to follow it. Sure enough a little while later a snow plow did come along so whe started to follow it. After a while the snow plow driver got out of his truck and said, “I’m finished with the Wal-Mart parking lot but you can follow me over to Home Depot if you want.”
Well I certainly hope all extra weight build up due to that ice doesn’t cause the southeast portion of the country to capsize like might happen to Guam. :>}
I am in the middle of the Florida Panhandle. Right now it is 22 degrees outside. Ice hanging on tree limbs and the ground is covered with ice.
Not much traffic but the highway looks clear except some ice on the shoulders. I did go outside to take some pictures and noticed slippery ice as soon as I got out of the garage.
Look at the bright side, Laz.
The snow will freeze the zombies in place for easy dispatch.
I am so screwed.
“Kasim Reed Mayor of AtlantaMuhammad Kasim Reed is the 59th Mayor of Atlanta; he was officially inaugurated on January 4, 2010. A Democrat, he was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002 and represented ... “
No doubt a close relative of that great mayor (NOT) ray nagin..............probaly cuzinz. Yo.
Keep it over there, we don’t want it in Jax! lol
And once I make it through that, I am so screwed.
Yes - snowplow inequality will indeed be leveraged as the new divisive rallying point!
A friend who relo’d to ATL said the city does have one snowplow, purchased in 2011 and never since used, that it was going to break out. But ATL is pretty spread out..
We lived on the "wrong side" of the collapsed Newhall Pass interchange, and it could take six hours each way to commute....months and months of that sh*t really grinds you down.
Don’t complain, its hotter than Hell.
Hell MI weather.
So Ray Nagin is the mayor of Atlanta now?
Years ago, I lived and worked across the lake from New Orleans. A day or two before Christmas, the office had a party during the last work day. About 2/3 of the employees lived in New Orleans and crossed the causeway each day. I was amazed that they all survived the 20 some mile drive through sneaux flurries drunk. The temperature stayed below freezing for days, and then water pressure dropped to critical levels. There were so many broken pipes.
My little wren momma was just at the window ... I forgot to put her crushed cookie out this morning! She flew back under the back deck when she found no crumbs to scavenge. let’s hope Laz has an oatmeal cookie or three with his tea.
The City of Atlanta has ten snowplows. I don't know about the surrounding municipalities.
It was a crazy night! I think the biggest problem is Cobb and Fulton closing schools early. All the paniced working parents flooded the roads and there was gridlock. Had there been no school, I think yesterday afternoon would have been very different. Have loved hearing the stories of neighbors helping neighbors and people pulling together to make the best of things.
I hate you.
Hey, I know what we can do on this snowy day! Let’s talk about getting signed up for Obamacare!
Somehow, to report that Atlanta is unprepared, must be racist. When does FEMA pour some deficit dollars into the snow drifts?
See what happens when we fail to name the storms?
Now don’t you cry for me
For I’ve gone on down to Georgia
For a couple of days to ski....
Here in Michigan we’ve had ski resorts closing because of the cold.
Snow is white.
THE WHITE DEVIL STRIKES AGAIN!!!!!
No, we named it. LEON.
Winter cloud Cletus just passed over here and the all clear signal has gone out.
All that’s left is to pick up the pieces and try to get on with our lives.
I pictured the exact same thing when I read that.
My office said we open at 10:00. I got in the car and slid down an ice hill and barely dodged some poor lady spun out at the bottom. I could have made it to 85N, but turned around and went home. I have bourbon, my boss can kiss it!
I've been fooling you all, all these years.
Let me brew you some Hot Choddy and talk to you about signing up for Obamacare!
Say what you will about Southern California.
My East Coast and Southern relatives are always asking when I’m moving out.
High today: 77 degrees and my Washington navel oranges are ripe.
THAT’S why I’m not moving.
I hate driving in icy conditions. Rather face snow than that stuff.
Actually..and I can`t believe I`m saying this...N.O. Did a good job with this `crisis`. Schools were shut down in advance. Roads closed as needed..I10 totally shut now. The officials did things right...shocking I know. Its still below freezing and iced over so roads are empty. There are always morons who WILL go out but they actually have this handled! I kno...cold day in hell..Feels like 15 outside...I LOVE it,wish it would last ttill May.
In the Chattanooga area, the weatherman did not predict this was coming, so schools, etc were not prepared
I have folks who live there and they barely made it home......by actually leaving their cars by the side of the road or parking lots.....in other words, they walked home
130 car accidents in a matter of hours
Like Atlanta, it’s always the ice
I'll stay here. :)
Another topic could be MyRA - whatever that will be. It will likely have a nice web-based interface, like one-way (contributions only), mandated deductibles into the Void.
I’m not far from Cocoa Beach, and yesterday was sunny and balmy