So of course, we all know the south got snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. In my neck of the woods – near Atlanta – it looked like this:
That was to start. Within an hour, it looked like this…
Which might not seem like a lot to y’all, but to us, it’s massive. See, we’re not built for this.
Of course, my friends from the north acted like we were going off over THIS:
But in actuality, what happened and what it looked like is this:
and while people might think we rednecks have buses that look like this…
we don’t. Atlanta has something we call ‘sprawl’… basically, you have midtown and then the rest of it sprawls over 11 counties. Before noon, all the schools let out, so parents who work in other counties or the other side of the city or worse – in midtown – all jumped in their cars at the same time, worried crazy to get home before their children did.
What happened was 300 accidents IN midtown, inside the Perimeter. over 500 accidents outside the Perimeter. (The Perimeter is I285, which rings Atlanta) I heard a report that there were 2200 accidents in the Metro Area. I’d believe it. Cars were stuck; one father walked 6 hours in the below freezing temps, trying to get to his kinder who was stuck at school. He arrived before midnight and they spent the night at the school. Some children spent the night on their bus. It wasn’t pretty. A woman gave birth in the back seat of her car.
Thank God there were no casualties. (Unlike Alabama, which I understand had some.)
So we go back to school tomorrow and hopefully, life will return to a more normal, genteel crawl.
On a lighter note, this is what one of our three snowplows look like.