Post # 212
I feel for everyone in the South and hope everyone is ok. When it comes to weather, it is not something to mess with, and you need to be 100% prepared. I am from the mid-atlantic and we have HOT summers, icy/snowy winters, and get hurricanes and tornados more often than you think. I was hit with the 2011 and 2012 hurricane, and while certain things you can’t predict, you need to PREPARE. Do we get as much snow as New England? No, but during winter I keep a scraper, salt, windshield wiper fluid, extra scarves/blankets, snacks and water in my SUV. Call me crazy, but it never hurts to be overly prepared in any extreme weather.
Post # 213
@PositiveThinking: “Those who live in the northern US or in Canada are not going to be sympathetic about two inches of snow and ice.”
Speak for yourself and yourself alone. There are many of us in Canada with the ability to both empathize and sympathize with the people in Atlanta.
Post # 214
I felt bad when people in the South when the arctic vortex think was causing cold snaps, and I feel even worse for the people dealing with this. I think everybody that’s on their high horse about this needs to get over themselves. I’ve lived in Northern Alberta my whole life, I’m an experienced winter driver, and I have a 4×4 truck with the best winter tires money can buy, and I still get nervous when it’s icy. There’s a huge difference between driving on snow and driving on ice. We have had bad freezing rain a few times this year and it’s scary driving. The last time it happened it was warm when it rained, and then it froze hard, down to -20 and below. At that temperature the salt won’t even touch the ice so I was driving on a highway covered in a layer of ice for two weeks. I was afraid every day when I was driving to work, and there were cars in the ditch every day. I can’t imagine making that drive as an inexperienced driver, or with a bunch of other inexperienced driver. It doesn’t matter how equipped your vehicle is for winter, if you’ve never even driven on snow you are going to have a lot of trouble on ice like that. Your gut instinct about how to correct a swerve will be to overcorrect, you won’t know how much pressure you can apply to the brakes, you won’t know how fast to go, and you have a bunch of other people in the same boat. All it takes is a few people getting in a crash and the whole highway will shut down. It happens here too, although not for such a long period of time.
Anyway, sorry for the rant! Again I’m sorry for all the people trapped in this, and those dealing with the aftermath. I hope everyone comes out okay.
Post # 215
@happilyeveraftergirl: 18 hours doing nothing. You couldn’t move. The ice was impassable after a while, people were abandoning their cars in the middle of the road, people ran out of gas because they couldn’t make it to a station and/or the gas station had run out, and it was dark. People slept in their cars because they had no other choice. My Future Father-In-Law got home at 4:30 today after a 23 hour commute. He works maybe 45 minutes to an hour from where he lives.
Post # 216
This right here is why schools shut down and others follow suit:
If you cannot sympathize with that then you have absolutely no heart.
I didn’t realize that states in emergency were something to pass judgement over. Some people need to get over themselves.
Post # 217
@lovebirds0602: +1 I live in NJ and would never scoff at something like this. It’s absolutely horrible what people are going through with loved ones missing, no heat, food or water. You can’t prepare for everything mother nature could possibly ever throw at you every 30+ years and no one can drive on solid sheets of ice(literally – go look at pictures) no matter where you’re from.
I’m wishing everyone well down there and hope everybody stays safe and warm. Reading SnowedOutAtlanta has put tears in my eyes multiple times tonight seeing everyone come together and help out complete and total strangers.
Post # 218
@mepayne: That literally chills me to the bone.. I would be so terrified to be alone on the freeway in the FREEZING cold and forced to sleep in my car. I cannot even imagine that.
Post # 219
I’m in coastal NC, and we’re holding about 7-8 inches right now. We haven’t had more than 2-3 inches at one time in about 10 years, and haven’t had this much snow since 1989. Not kidding. Northern areas laugh at us – they can’t believe we freak over a little amount of snow, but it becomes a crisis situation because we’re just not prepared down here. They don’t salt the roads, we have no snow plows, and people who aren’t used to driving in snow legitimately just don’t know how to drive in it.
In my area, it started sleeting and freezing rain around 3pm, and continued until about midnight. At midnight it started snowing, and by the time I got up at 9am we had around 7 inches. Our biggest problem is the amount of frozen sleet under the snow. My town (stupidly) plowed all the fresh powder off the main road in town leaving the ice exposed. Smart….not!
Thankfully in my area most people are staying off the road.
Post # 220
@starfish0116: I am in your area! I just walked out to take my dogs out and the snow literally cracks every step I take from the sheet of ice underneath it…it’s so bad!
Post # 221
@happilyeveraftergirl: I was so grateful to be stuck in an elementary school with my students. At least we were warm and had food and blankets. There were tons of people who were not only stuck in their cars, they were stuck in their cars with their very small kids overnight. The area that I’m in wasn’t even supposed to get snow or ice at all – maybe a few flurries that didn’t stick – so they didn’t cancel school and people went about their business. Then it all just started coming down, and anyone who was out either had a 6+ hour commute 5 miles home or ended up stranded somewhere. It’s really just sad.
Post # 222
@Nostawyn: Thanks! She is okay. She is still stuck at the shelter because nobody can make it to her to pick her up. Buy she’s warm and safe so all is good. 🙂
Post # 223
I’m from the North and this is all just so sad and horrible to watch. Hope everyone gets home safe and sound.
Post # 224
I’m from up north and I’m not laughing. Some of these ppl on here are just fucking assholes. Because you know, it’s really mature to laugh at ppl in need.
Post # 225
I live in miami but I’ve been in plenty of storms up north in the last couple years. It’s the same thing that happens with hurricanes down here. Its a culmination of the city lacking a plan and people shrugging stuff off.
I’ve read so many people say “we didn’t think it was going to be that bad” and thats the problem… people didnt care to think. And I strongly believe that all states should have a plan for major disasters. i.e hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes, floods etc… I don’t care if they’re common or not. People responsible for a city, should have a plan ready to go in case of stuff like this.
I hope this a lesson for the higher ups in the south states. Maybe they’ll get something set up in case this ever happens again.
As for everyone else hopefully itll be over soon and i hope everyone tries to stay as safe as possible.