I’m blogging today from the warmth and comfort of my home, something I did not think would be possible at this time yesterday (Wednesday, January 29th) morning. I left my home around 7am Tuesday and didn’t make it back until around 1pm Wednesday.
Let me first state that yes, I know, Atlanta looks like wimps. We also look like incompetent idiots compared to our neighbors to the North. I have lived in Rapid City, South Dakota and Spokane, Washington. I know snow. I’ve driven in snow, on ice, during blizzard conditions. This is so totally not the same thing.
As a city (nay state) we are ill prepared for inclement weather. We get accumulation and meaningful winter weather about once or twice a decade. We don’t have hundreds of plows and salt trucks and stockpiles of salt and sand. Cold, here in ATL, is temps of 20 to 40. It’s currently 7. Seven entire degrees. So, these conditions are unusual.
My experience wasn’t traumatic, really; even so I keep tearing up when I think about what has transpired in the last two days.
We should have never been at work. We knew it was going to snow. We did receive weather warnings, however many times it’s like the Boy that Cried Wolf. Atlanta shuts down at the HINT of snow, and then snow doesn’t come and we laugh and point fingers and jokey joke about it. So when they said we’d get snow in Metro Atlanta, I scoffed. “It’s not gonna snow in city limits,” I said to our Information Officer. “Maybe in the mountains but we won’t see anything here but flurries.”
I……..was so wrong.
I heard it was snowing up north (where it wasn’t supposed to be that bad) around 10am. Flurries hit Buckhead (city center, financial district) around 11.I talked with a couple of other people and it was decided we should try to be gone by 1:00 because (we had finally paid attention to the forecast) it was supposed to be FULL ON SNOWING by 3PM.
It was POUNDING us by noon.
Insert PANIC. Phones started ringing. “What? They’re letting kids out? We should go too!Everyone needs to be home so everyone get everyone home RIGHT STAT NOW!” Schools (that should have been closed, they all got weather warnings and I was surprised to see kids get on buses Tuesday morning) dismissed earlier than planned. Parents left work to pick up kids or meet them at home. Government closed around noon so employees could go home. Businesses released employees due to weather.
AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. Read More