posted on Jan, 30 2014 @ 12:56 PM
I have a few thoughts on this whole mess as a native Atlantin of 32 years.
1. This thing caught everyone off guard
- We had been told for the couple of days prior and even right up until 10:00 am that we would see
2-3" in the Southern suburbs, 1/2" - 1" in town, and only a dusting in the Northern 'burbs. It was not forecasted to start until 13:00. I am an
over-the-road dispatcher and I sent drivers north up until 07:00 thinking they would have no issues what-so-ever making it back home. Likewise,
everyone on the north side of town thought they would have no issues going to work or taking their children to school. By 11:00 the whole metro area
realized the scope of their error and the exodus began.
2. Atlanta traffic
- Atlanta traffic is a nightmare on a bright, sunny, day spread out over 6 hours (6am - 9am, 4pm - 7pm). When
in the city hit the road at the same time we were doomed.
- What I have found over and over again that northerner's don't understand is that we don't typically get snow, we get ice. What fell
as snow melted upon hitting the still-warm streets, then froze again as the temps dove throughout the day. I am a very good driver and have no issue
heading out on snowy roads in my VW Jetta (front wheel drive of course, I would only head out in my 2WD truck as a last resort) but unless you have
chains on all four wheels you can not safely drive on ice.
- There really was a failure of government here. As underequipped as we are the DOT should have been out pre-treating bridges,
overpasses, and the major interstates 24 hours before the storm hit like Tennessee does. Sending the trucks out into gridlock was futile.
All that being said, Apocolypse Snow did give us a chance to show the world what southern hospitality is:
Cheers my friends!