Post # 182
I am from the Midwest but live in Atlanta now. I see people are having a hard time comprehending that its NOT about the the snow, it is the thicj sheet of ICE!!!
ICE!!! ICE!!! NOT SNOW!!!! ICE!!!
When you are dealing with ice, driving experience does not matter. ICE does not give a care. You are going to go where ever it wants to take you.
It’s no different than walking on ice. If there is not enough traction, then your ass is most likely going to fall.
I don’t care where you are from, ice is NOT meant to be driven on.
Post # 183
Why don’t we try and think positively about this situation?
Post # 185
I respect that officials in Atlanta are referring to this as an “emergency”.
However, this issue is really about perspective and context.
Those who live in the northern US or in Canada are not going to be sympathetic about two inches of snow and ice.
When you ask people to stop responding in a way that you feel is impolite, it helps to be polite yourself so that they will respond better.
I think it is prudent to realize that there are other parts of the world, where a little ice and snow is just not a big deal.
We have it far worse up here. That is all I am saying. My cousin thinks this is funny because she grew up in NYC.
Post # 186
I see that people are complaining about BOTH the ice and the snow.
I agree that ice is not meant to be driven on and it is scary. However, I am used to ice on the road during the winter.
Post # 188
You say you are used to ice on the road in the winter. What you are used to is likely ice on the (well-prepared, salted, plowed) road in the winter. There is a big difference between that and what Atlanta is experiencing.
Post # 189
We didn’t get snow until 9 o’clock last night (which is actually when snow was aniticipated for us, as far as I saw), we were way behind you on when the snow would start, and I never heard anything about us getting more snow (I’m not saying you’re lying, weather people I guess are just shoddy as crap at their jobs, or more the meteorologist), but in Atlanta, it was going to hit early and hard, so THATS why we shut down (Just on the off chance we would actually get snow early, or at all). That and our temps are usually a good few degrees higher than north Georgia’s, so it was enough to land us a good amount of snowfall, but no true ice on the roads or any sort of mess as up there. All I’m saying is, that even though Middle Georgia, gets about as much snowfall as a brick in Hell, heck Georgia in general, people had the good sense to stay home. Not make their children leave home. Not make their employees leave home. Not leave home themselves. I do agree that usually there is enough time for people to go home and get home up there if something like this happens, but honestly, in all my time I lived up there, and even with the snow we got a couple years back, I have never seen anything as stupid as THIS mess. I guess in the long run though, you guys got the short stick by having weathermen that obviously don’t know their own arm from a winter storm.
I don’t mean to argue or sound rude, its just an opinion.
Post # 190
no one is asking for your sympathy just for you to not be an asshole but apparently that task is too hard for you. I’m sure the children walking home unattended through the city, the woman who birthed a baby in the traffic jam and the people with no food or water are EXTREMELY concerned that you and your cousin find their misery “hilarious”. I vote we trap you in your car on the freeway for 8 hours with no food, water or heat and then see how you feel.
Post # 191
You don’t seem to understand that having more snow doesn’t mean you have it WORSE. Just like people who are used to 100* temperatures don’t have it WORSE than a normally temparate area facing a 90* heatwave. You just have more snow. You also have the tools and experience to deal with snow.
You can mock and say it’s not an emergency, but that doesn’t magically teleport everyone home. You say you’re offering a different perspective, but you’re ignoring ours.
Post # 192
Man, some people are either real jerks or they just don’t see the issue. I’m Canadian. Snow and freezing rain is totally normal and expected here. And even though every city/town/region has a hefty snow removal budget (some cities have $10 million +) and are all prepared to deal with salting/sanding/snow removal, bad weather still sucks and still creates a mess here too. It seems like at the first snowfall half the people forget how to drive in it! And when there’s freezing rain here, you’re still expected to go to work and stuff, but that doesn’t mean traffic isn’t a disaster with some accidents and pile-ups. Ice is ice, and even when it’s salted, half the time the salt just melts into the ice and it’s still slippery anyway. Winter tires do help, but they’re not a perfect solution.
So I can only imagine how brutal it must be for areas who aren’t at all prepared to deal with weather like this. Winter driving in itself is a totally different experience from normal driving. How would people who don’t do that on regular basis know how far ahead they should brake? Or that slamming their brakes on doesn’t work, or what to do when you skid. Why would people suggest they just all of a sudden they invest in snow plows and salt trucks? That stuff isn’t cheap, and certainly wouldn’t be considered a decent investment of taxpayer money when it may only be used once every so many years.
I wish Atlanta all the best!
I’d just like to point out that not everywhere (no idea about the states) even allows chains or studded tires on highways as they damage them.
Post # 193
“Those who live in the northern US or in Canada are not going to be sympathetic about two inches of snow and ice.”
I don’t understand how dealing with snow/ice yourself affects your ability to be sympathetic towards others. But whatever.
Post # 194
No, I get where you’re coming from. Hindsight’s 20-20 and it was a bad call to have everyone leave the house. But the first I heard of us definitely
getting snow was at 7am. I was already at work (and kids were about to be in class). My school system and local government had gotten a lot of flack recently for preemptively shutting down before a storm that didn’t happen, so it’s really not that surprising that they were reluctant to do it again. Alabama had the same problem (my brother and his Fiance are in Birmingham)–all the heavy snow was supposed to happen in the bottom half of the state.
Post # 195
Good grief, on a website with lots of words and some pretty pictures here and there you would think that people would brush up on their reading comprehension skills before posting.
Post # 196
Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and words. It’s really disheartening to realize that some people are being jerks about the whole thing.