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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 10:29 AM
Since we have plenty of Atlanta residents on this site, I thought I would create this thread for people to share their war stories of the genuinely bizarre snow/traffic event yesterday.

I clocked out of work at 3:19 after my boss gave the all clear to go home. By 3:47 I was within 3 miles of my house. At 4:30 I was about a mile from my house, in gridlocked traffic so bad that I parked my car in a Chinese restaurant parking lot and walked home! I got home around 5, over an hour and a half after I left work. I was one of the lucky ones.

Around 8 last night, after the traffic died down on Winters Chapel Road, my wife and I carefully went and retrieved my car. Again, compared to some people I got off easy.

There are still people trapped on the Interstate right now who have been stuck in their cars for nearly 24 hours.

 
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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 10:37 AM
an itty bitty taste of what goes on up North all Winter long..

SWFLA feels like someone opened the freezer door and Im standing in front of it, digging the cold balmy air . Will b too hot soon enough.

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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 10:38 AM
Poor government preparation (should have closed schools), Lack of proper snow removal equipment(slippery streets), inexperienced/impatient drivers(lots of accidents)

 

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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 10:46 AM
I agree that schools should have been closed. I was up early to work out (around 4:30) and the forecast map had shifted to the north considerably.

I left work in Marietta (East Cobb if you will) at about 11:30 to go pick my daughter up. normally a 30 minute ride to woodstock took an hour. I didn't think I'd be able to get to my son's school, 3 miles away, before he got on a bus so i went home. Later they announced buses couldn't run and he was stuck. Only by a community of basketball families coming together was he able to get home--one parent walked to the school, checked out 8 kids, they walked a mile to some waiting cars and split up for a drive home. He got home by 6:00.

My wife wasn't so lucky. Fulton County schools didn't announce closing until much later and she ended up spending the night there. Hasn't even tried to make it home yet.

I'll be working from home today and likely tomorrow as the temperature isn't supposed to get above freezing.

on top of all of this, my work laptop crashed and i'm having to work solely via smartphone. PITA.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 10:50 AM
Carol, this kind of thing really doesn't happen much up North, because as OriginalGoober says, everyone up there is more experienced and prepared for this kind of thing, from the drivers to the authorities. I remember hearing something about people getting stuck in their cars in Chicago a while back, but that was a storm that delivered FEET of snow.

This all happened over around 2-3 inches of snow. They would laugh at that up North. It certainly wouldn't shut the city down.

People not knowing how to drive on snow/ice, because they only have to do it once every few years, is probably the main culprit here. What few salt trucks we have couldn't get where they needed to go because the roads were clogged with accidents. I personally witnessed many instances of people just not knowing how to drive in these conditions.

 
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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 10:55 AM
I couldn't find my snow-covered newspaper . Took the day off.

This was a near carbon-copy of the great snowjam of '82 here, when we had a ton less people. Then, I and everybody left their jobs downtown at the same time too. Took me 5.5 hours to go 20 miles to Sandy Springs, driving on the wrong side of the road at times and through a yard when other cars were stuck and slipping on a hilly road. Felt like I had scaled Everest on arrival home.

Our roads are inadequate on the best days, so it is good to have learned from the past.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 10:57 AM
how heartening it must be for citizens down south to hear civic leader(s) deflect responsibility for the life-threatening debacle in and around Atlanta---when's next election?---
 

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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 11:20 AM
well you guys be careful......CNN is reporting Zombie's loose in Atlanta!

Snow turns Atlanta into 'zombie movie'



 

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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 11:22 AM
Winter in the deep south! Great stories, Rob and Brock!

Yankees will never understand the correlation of snow, white bread and milk (and beer)!

 

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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 11:36 AM
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well you guys be careful......CNN is reporting Zombie's loose in Atlanta!

Snow turns Atlanta into 'zombie movie'





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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 11:47 AM
"Our roads are inadequate on the best days"

Well said, Brock. Atlanta has legendary traffic problems, and we are always one or two big accidents away from gridlock. When you have over ONE THOUSAND accidents like we did yesterday, you get...this.

One thing that struck me yesterday was that unlike a lot of big Northern cities like Chicago or New York, which are fairly flat, Atlanta is very hilly and even mountainous in places. Driving on a flat, straight road in icy conditions is bad enough, but trying to climb a 7% grade while going around a corner is something else entirely. Especially when you haven't done it in years....

 
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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 12:12 PM
Birmingham is also very hilly/mountainous. I always got a chuckle out of the recently relocated northerners who insisted, "I know how to drive in this stuff" - as they slid their way down a hill and into a parked car or a pole! It ain't the snow - it's the black ice ... and the hills!

 

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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 12:14 PM
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Winter in the deep south! Great stories, Rob and Brock!

Yankees will never understand the correlation of snow, white bread and milk (and beer)!


Well, Rusty, that does happen up north...more along the lines of being prepared....but overdone....... What happened in Georgia, however, due to less than three inches of snow....unreal.

Fortunately, I live at 4,000-5,000 feet in the beautiful western North Carolina High Country mountains. Unfortunately, that means folks coming north to ski. Day in, day out, vehicles with Georgia and Florida plates on the roads are out here sh*tting in the butter churn. I drive every day on ice and snow...and in a two wheel drive Buick. Yep, growing up in Ohio helps....but man.......in the ATL, this was a case of government letting folks down, and little concept of winter life and how to deal with it. Less than three inches.....wow.

As for Georgia Governor Deal and ATL mayor saying this was an unexpected storm....bull. I'll leave Al Roker to sort that out here;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3HZWDf-h10

 

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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 12:20 PM
I agree with the poor planning! I have been hearing about the coming weather since last Friday! Seems like a lot of Atlantans and Birminghamsters must've been watching sports or Grammys or something. My dear little aunt has been giving me weather updates for the past 4 days!

"$hitting in the butter churn"! Okay if I use that one?

 

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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 12:29 PM
Yep Rusty....you may use that churn term...one I got from my Uncle Wormy back in West Virginia....

 

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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 12:38 PM
Many people probably run their tires till they have very little tread left anymore or run summer tires all year round down South. I know I would if 98% of the time I only had rain to deal with.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 02:21 PM
The storm may not have been totally unexpected, Derek, but as late as 12 hours before it hit we were hearing Atlanta would only get a dusting. If they closed schools and it turned out we only got flurries, everybody would be talking about how we over-reacted to a miniscule amount of snow.

There is a serious "boy who cried wolf" factor in Atlanta. We get snow forecasted more often than it actually happens, so people tend to not take it seriously. Then when it really does happen, we're screwed.

I fell victim to it myself yesterday. The roads around my office didn't look THAT bad, so I stayed at work about an hour longer than I absolutely needed to. Once I started heading home, it didn't take long to realized that I had drastically miscalculated. The roads were much worse than they looked from the office, and they were getting drastically worse by the minute.

I am just glad I made it home!

 
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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 02:53 PM
I did the same thing Rob even on the way to pick my daughter up short of noon it wasn't that bad. Unfortunately, the snow melted rather quickly, froze rather quickly and we were off and running.

Atlanta drivers don't have an issue with snow. However, here, it's rare that the ground and roads are cold enough to keep the snow snow. it's always a bit too warm and it melts and freezes. I want to find the guy who can defy physics and drive on ice to get up the hill I live on.

The other thing that cracks me up is the whole "atlanta driver" thing. Half the dang population is transplanted from the north and you can't tell me that only the native half is causing all of the problems.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 06:32 PM
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Winter in the deep south! Great stories, Rob and Brock!

Yankees will never understand the correlation of snow, white bread and milk (and beer)!


Up North I call that shopping for French toast. Every time a storm is coming people wipe out the milk, bread, and eggs. Gotta make our French Toast! The lines at the beer distributors get a little long too. It's a conditioned response.

We haven't been snowed in for a few years. It takes about a foot to really stop things here in PA. Even then it's cleaned up pretty quick. There's a park or two here in Scranton where they will take the huge amounts of snow and pile it up to get it off the streets. I live on a street that is a pretty steep hill and it amazes me how many people park facing up the hill in the winter. I had 2 idiots living next to me a few years ago that kept doing it and they'd be sliding backward on the ice and snow they didn't shovel out of their curbside parking space. I eventually put coal ashes down because I didn't want them sliding into my car.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2014 at 11:58 PM
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13 Examples Of People Being Awesome In The Middle Of The Atlanta Traffic Jam

http://www.businessinsider.com/snowedoutatlanta-facebook-page-2014-1



 

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  posted on 1/30/2014 at 11:42 AM
Yeah, Rob, but overreacting is always better than this. Down South, you even had Lowndes and Valdosta City Schools closing on Wednesday and Thursday. That seemed like overkill, but the point is that they took no chances. Maybe someone's griping about overkill today, but everyone's alive and safe. We didn't have school buses stranded on 75. The takeaway is that a half inch can make all the difference. I thought the roads in South Georgia would be covered in black ice, that powerlines were coming down, and that we'd all be out of power for 48 hours. It didn't happen, thank God, but it easily could have.

Why Fulton, Dekalb, and Cobb didn't cancel schools on Tuesday is beyond me.

 
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  posted on 1/30/2014 at 11:44 AM
roads will be closed in the gadsden area until noon today, i think..
it was bad here…

 

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  posted on 1/30/2014 at 12:25 PM


Skantown winter.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2014 at 12:30 PM
Y'all just needed some heavy equipment to help out.


 

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  posted on 1/30/2014 at 01:25 PM
I still can't understand what caused such a mess. Even with no salt and plows, all types of cars are capable of driving effectively through 3 inches of snow. I guess it was a combination of poor road prep and inexperienced drivers who panicked. As a life long Philadelphian, I couldn't help laughing my ass off at the stories. The national guard was called to "rescue" stranded motorists, lol.

Did the roads get salted before the precipitation? This is key.

 
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