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SNOWMAGEDDON! Atlanta Shut Down Entirely
Source: Personal observations. | 1/29/2014 | By Laz A. Mataz

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.


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Will keep you updated as I hear more.

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.

1 posted on 01/29/2014 7:22:03 AM PST by Lazamataz
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To: Lazamataz
You are so screwed.

/johnny

2 posted on 01/29/2014 7:23:21 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Lazamataz

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.


3 posted on 01/29/2014 7:24:09 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Lazamataz

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...


4 posted on 01/29/2014 7:24:15 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

That’s great. It starts with an earthquake...


5 posted on 01/29/2014 7:24:48 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Lazamataz

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.


6 posted on 01/29/2014 7:25:12 AM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Lazamataz

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.


7 posted on 01/29/2014 7:26:05 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: Lazamataz

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.”


8 posted on 01/29/2014 7:27:10 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

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. :>}


9 posted on 01/29/2014 7:27:36 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: Lazamataz

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.


10 posted on 01/29/2014 7:27:44 AM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Lazamataz

Look at the bright side, Laz.

The snow will freeze the zombies in place for easy dispatch.


11 posted on 01/29/2014 7:28:23 AM PST by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: JRandomFreeper
You are right. I am home, warm, in PJ's, just had breakfast, and have all the essentials.

I am so screwed.

12 posted on 01/29/2014 7:30:18 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

From WIKI:
“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.


13 posted on 01/29/2014 7:30:43 AM PST by V_TWIN
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To: yarddog

Keep it over there, we don’t want it in Jax! lol


14 posted on 01/29/2014 7:32:42 AM PST by V_TWIN
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To: muir_redwoods; JRandomFreeper; Kartographer; Marcella; Kaslin
My response to this Snowmageddon cheers me. I had enough mental training about serious crisis situations, to have the presence of mind to leave work very early, and to have all the supplies I need. I believe from my experiences this time, I may just make it through the Grid Down.

And once I make it through that, I am so screwed.

15 posted on 01/29/2014 7:33:26 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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..


16 posted on 01/29/2014 7:35:56 AM PST by locountry1dr
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To: Lazamataz
To this day, twenty years after the Northridge Earthquake, I still carry a roll of TP and an empty large coffee can in the trunks of our vehicles.

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.

17 posted on 01/29/2014 7:36:06 AM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: Lazamataz
So... do the Atlanta Braves think they're back in Milwaukee?
18 posted on 01/29/2014 7:37:52 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Lazamataz
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19 posted on 01/29/2014 7:37:55 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Lazamataz

Don’t complain, its hotter than Hell.

Hell MI weather.

http://www.bing.com/weather/search?q=hell%20michigan%20weather&unit=F&qpvt=hell+michigan+weather&FORM=DTPWEA


20 posted on 01/29/2014 7:39:55 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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21 posted on 01/29/2014 7:40:11 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Lazamataz
I am home, warm, in PJ's, just had breakfast, and have all the essentials.

Laz?

22 posted on 01/29/2014 7:40:45 AM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: Lazamataz

So Ray Nagin is the mayor of Atlanta now?


23 posted on 01/29/2014 7:42:47 AM PST by americas.best.days... ( I think we can now say that they are behind us.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

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.


24 posted on 01/29/2014 7:45:18 AM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Pan_Yan

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.


25 posted on 01/29/2014 7:45:53 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: locountry1dr
A friend who relo’d to ATL said the city does have one snowplow

The City of Atlanta has ten snowplows. I don't know about the surrounding municipalities.

26 posted on 01/29/2014 7:46:00 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Lazamataz

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.


27 posted on 01/29/2014 7:46:49 AM PST by rightthinkingwoman
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To: Jeff Chandler

I hate you.


28 posted on 01/29/2014 7:48:54 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Hey, I know what we can do on this snowy day! Let’s talk about getting signed up for Obamacare!


29 posted on 01/29/2014 7:51:43 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

Somehow, to report that Atlanta is unprepared, must be racist. When does FEMA pour some deficit dollars into the snow drifts?


30 posted on 01/29/2014 7:52:08 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Lazamataz

See what happens when we fail to name the storms?


31 posted on 01/29/2014 7:52:32 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Lazamataz

Oh Suzanna
Now don’t you cry for me
For I’ve gone on down to Georgia
For a couple of days to ski....


32 posted on 01/29/2014 7:55:06 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Lazamataz
The Rule for the South needs to be, “Stay Home”. If not communities will need to invest in snow plows and salt each and every year. Just stay home those few days every few decades.
33 posted on 01/29/2014 7:55:22 AM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: hoagy62

Here in Michigan we’ve had ski resorts closing because of the cold.


34 posted on 01/29/2014 7:56:53 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: yarddog
That”s awfully cold for you. Ice storms are the worst. : (
35 posted on 01/29/2014 7:57:29 AM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: V_TWIN
Atlanta's problems must be Bush's Fault. Hey where is FEMA?
36 posted on 01/29/2014 7:59:21 AM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: Truth29

Snow is white.

THE WHITE DEVIL STRIKES AGAIN!!!!!


37 posted on 01/29/2014 7:59:58 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: cripplecreek

No, we named it. LEON.


38 posted on 01/29/2014 8:00:32 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Pan_Yan

LOL


39 posted on 01/29/2014 8:02:25 AM PST by McGruff (I'm a conservative. Not necessarily a republican.)
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To: Lazamataz

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.


40 posted on 01/29/2014 8:02:59 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Pan_Yan; Lazamataz

I pictured the exact same thing when I read that.


41 posted on 01/29/2014 8:05:31 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Lazamataz

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!


42 posted on 01/29/2014 8:06:52 AM PST by The Toll
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To: Hoodat
I admit it. I am PajamaBoy.

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!

43 posted on 01/29/2014 8:07:13 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

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.


44 posted on 01/29/2014 8:09:01 AM PST by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
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To: Lazamataz

I hate driving in icy conditions. Rather face snow than that stuff.


45 posted on 01/29/2014 8:09:45 AM PST by mware
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

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.


46 posted on 01/29/2014 8:11:16 AM PST by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: Lazamataz

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


47 posted on 01/29/2014 8:12:15 AM PST by Guenevere
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To: Bon of Babble
Ok. Enjoy that. We get this sort of weather stuff once every 5 years -- on the other hand, we have great gun laws, good tax laws, no insane environmental regulations (at the state level), a business environment conducive to unencumbered commerce, and a solid Christian population.

I'll stay here. :)

48 posted on 01/29/2014 8:13:08 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

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.


49 posted on 01/29/2014 8:14:30 AM PST by locountry1dr
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To: yarddog

I’m not far from Cocoa Beach, and yesterday was sunny and balmy


50 posted on 01/29/2014 8:15:27 AM PST by Guenevere
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