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2014-01-29 09:28:37 AM  
reminds me of the time a few years ago when a tropical storm hit the east coast and everyone nearby was freaking out about some trees falling over and some houses on the beach getting wet.
 
2014-01-29 09:37:49 AM  

the801: reminds me of the time a few years ago when a tropical storm hit the east coast and everyone nearby was freaking out about some trees falling over and some houses on the beach getting wet.


Or when there was that earthquake:

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2014-01-29 09:41:52 AM  
I've lived thru this before, it's just a hexenkessel of bad things happening at once.

When schools suddenly let out, all the parents hit the road.
The roads are iced and a few wrecks happen, which quickly cascades.
All the hills become difficult, backing up traffic onto other roads making even flatter & better routes screwed.
Everyone who hasn't left work yet, hears it's getting bad, and they hit the roads if they can, which futher congests the road.

No city can take everybody hitting the road at once when multiple accidents and stoppages are happening.
 
2014-01-29 09:51:00 AM  
Those pictures posted in the thread last night were hilarious. And I understand--I used to live in Georgia, and now I've lived in snow country for many years. There's no good way to handle snow and ice in the banana belt. We get enough wrecks even around here during a snowstorm, you'd think the locals would know better. But it's still hilarious.
 
2014-01-29 09:56:06 AM  
That car struck a pole because there was a 10-minute snow flurry?
 
2014-01-29 09:56:37 AM  
Severe Weather Action Team - DEFCON 1 was the local news all day. I get to to stay home and my big fuzzy dogs have made themselves snow-nests in the 5" we got. Fine by me.
 
2014-01-29 09:56:40 AM  
And to think just 2 weeks ago the GA DOT was talking proudly how they had 60 salt trucks and 30 drivers.
 
2014-01-29 09:57:15 AM  
Now, let me tell you something.  I live in rural North Dakota and it has snowed here three feet per week every week since August.  I drove home last night in my Corvette from the Dairy Queen in two feet of snow and I didn't see one single wreck.

The point I'm getting at is that everyone where I live, and by extension myself, is superior to people who live in other places.
 
2014-01-29 09:57:15 AM  
This place is dead this morning. Schools are closed, as are the county/city offices and at least half of the businesses in town.

It's not even raining.
 
2014-01-29 09:58:29 AM  

cryinoutloud: There's no good way to handle snow and ice in the banana belt.


I can't imagine where Georgia could acquire salt or sand.
 
2014-01-29 09:59:10 AM  
FTFA " When snow only three fingers deep "

/I think I'll try that on the gf tonight.
 
2014-01-29 09:59:24 AM  
10 hours to drive 9 miles? why not... idk.. walk?
 
2014-01-29 09:59:31 AM  
If I had a WRX or Lan Evo right now I would be having so much.
 
2014-01-29 09:59:52 AM  
When snow only three fingers deep...

....?

/ I'm slightly aroused now
 
2014-01-29 10:00:57 AM  
Terrain.Terrain.Terrain.
ya'll either going up hill or downhill. Gravity hates ya.
/plus don't know how to drive
 
2014-01-29 10:01:00 AM  
My family flew down to Georgia this week to visit my grandmother.

Two miles from her place back to the hotel. Less than an inch on the ground. An hour later they had covered less than half the distance because the traffic was so bad. They sent me pictures and you could barely see any snow on the road.
 
2014-01-29 10:01:37 AM  
I love it, the local ABC affiliate is taking the GADOT spokesperson to task right now.
 
2014-01-29 10:01:46 AM  

Glitchwerks: If I had a WRX or Lan Evo right now I would be having so much.


Not on those tires.
BTW, there are no roads, all parking lot.
 
2014-01-29 10:01:49 AM  

Glitchwerks: If I had a WRX or Lan Evo right now I would be having so much.


My friend had to ditch his WRX last night and walk.  The only person I know who has reported any personal driving success was a Q5.
 
2014-01-29 10:01:53 AM  

cryinoutloud: Those pictures posted in the thread last night were hilarious. And I understand--I used to live in Georgia, and now I've lived in snow country for many years. There's no good way to handle snow and ice in the banana belt. We get enough wrecks even around here during a snowstorm, you'd think the locals would know better. But it's still hilarious.


I wonder if Atlanta looked like a Michael Bay movie for a little bit there.

Minor CSB - last time I was in Atlanta, the freeway coming in was slowed for a single car incident. Never found out what happened to the driver, but apparently, he or she decided their car needed to go out like it was in Burnout Paradise.
 
2014-01-29 10:02:43 AM  
Are they gonna hang a weatherman before we even begin prosecution of a banker on Wall Street?
 
2014-01-29 10:02:48 AM  
Heh, I drove about 4 miles in six hours then finally couldn't get up that hill. I backed off the road and walked the last six miles home. Now I just have to figure out how to recover my car.
 
2014-01-29 10:03:19 AM  
I was on the road in Georgia yesterday. Looked like just wisps of snow, but there was a thin layer of ice. I saw an 18 wheeler slide sideways on the interstate from a stop.

It was the speed of how fast it happened, and the deception of how it looked that made it so bad. I'm 46 and it was the most treacherous I've ever been in.
 
2014-01-29 10:03:24 AM  

cryinoutloud: Those pictures posted in the thread last night were hilarious. And I understand--I used to live in Georgia, and now I've lived in snow country for many years. There's no good way to handle snow and ice in the banana belt. We get enough wrecks even around here during a snowstorm, you'd think the locals would know better. But it's still hilarious.


No way I thought Northerners could drive flawless in snow with RWD and summer tires. At least that's what they always say online.
 
2014-01-29 10:03:34 AM  

Descartes: No city can take everybody hitting the road at once when multiple accidents and stoppages are happening.


This happens in NYC every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 5-6PM.

The real problem is that you guys didn't salt or plow the roads. When that happens here in NYC, it screws us up too.
 
2014-01-29 10:04:22 AM  
Sure, we're all laughing now, but we won't be laughing so hard when a peach blizzard hits up north next spring and we're all in a fuzzy panic while Georgians are laughing into their tall, cool glasses of pecan smoothies
 
2014-01-29 10:04:34 AM  

bikerbob59: FTFA " When snow only three fingers deep "

/I think I'll try that on the gf tonight.


Your gf's snatch is that cold?
 
2014-01-29 10:05:05 AM  
I'm from northern NY and I ride a bike in the snow, all winter, with summer tires on it.

I've never even been to lake Superior, but I feel like I have.
 
2014-01-29 10:05:40 AM  
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2014-01-29 10:05:45 AM  

Rapmaster2000: My friend had to ditch his WRX last night and walk.  The only person I know who has reported any personal driving success was a Q5.


Your friend probably never had his car and was granny shifting.  I live my life a quarter mile at a time and double clutch like you should.
 
2014-01-29 10:06:02 AM  
I was hoping to see photos of people "hunched over their cars."

Stupid journalists.
 
2014-01-29 10:06:16 AM  

snocone: Are they gonna hang a weatherman before we even begin prosecution of a banker on Wall Street?


This time they got it right, but they have had so many non-snow events that they were ignored as usual.
 
2014-01-29 10:06:35 AM  

bikerbob59: FTFA " When snow only three fingers deep "

/I think I'll try that on the gf tonight.


Where are you going to put the snow?
 
2014-01-29 10:06:36 AM  
As a southerner who has lived in the North extensively, all I have is this to say: northerners are full of shiat when they talk about snow and southerners. Every year, like clock work in northern cities that very first snow comes, and it's a disaster... dozens, even hundreds of accidents, schools closed, etc. And this is despite the fact they have salt trucks, plows, and at least some experience driving in it. I guess maybe there are places in rural, Maine, North Dakota or Alaska where they really aren't phased, but that's more the exception than the rule.

Then it happens in the South where there is no infrastructure to deal with it and little experience and everyone points and laughs.

/These threads are tiresome.
 
2014-01-29 10:06:37 AM  
Do they make cars differently in Georgia?
 
2014-01-29 10:06:55 AM  
We're not used to snow.  That's why we live here.  It may be 2 days before the Interstates are fully open because trucks are jackknifed everywhere, everything is frozen and the high today is 32. Downtown is ghost city.  OTOH the power is on and I have sufficient liquid to sustain me until it his 60 degrees this weekend.
 
2014-01-29 10:07:00 AM  

blatz514: bikerbob59: FTFA " When snow only three fingers deep "

/I think I'll try that on the gf tonight.

Your gf's snatch is that cold?


...he can knit a condom?
 
2014-01-29 10:07:50 AM  
The deep south simply isn't prepared for when this happens.  Very little snow prep (plows, salt / sand trucks, etc).  Very little experience among drivers for slippery conditions.  Add in the seemingly complete lack of warning / underestimation of how bad it would be, the sudden realization of the situation (all schools and business let out at once), you have a nightmare.

We're in NE TN where we do get some bad weather now and then.  Even here it was a mess... what was reported to be a 50% chance of 1" or so turned into 5-6".  We let the office out at noon after seeing that the radar map was worsening.  Fortunately our community has good plows / salt/chemical trucks and they had pre-treated most of the major roads.  Even then, schools are canceled, very few people are showing up for appointments, etc.

Northern climate folks laugh (I did at first after moving from the Pacific NW), but it is a real problem during the rare times this happens here.
 
2014-01-29 10:07:51 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Now, let me tell you something.  I live in rural North Dakota and it has snowed here three feet per week every week since August.  I drove home last night in my Corvette from the Dairy Queen in two feet of snow and I didn't see one single wreck.

The point I'm getting at is that everyone where I live, and by extension myself, is superior to people who live in other places.


I can handle any weather at anytime because, frankly, I'm better than you people.

Even if I were in a southern state with no winter tires, I would still make it home on time and get my kids to and back from school while the rest of you devolve into cannibalistic tribespeople.

Pretty much King Hot Sh*t of F*ck Island, over here.

*high fives Chip_NASA*
 
2014-01-29 10:08:10 AM  
Eh, this occurs one or two days per 10-15 years. I'm not sure how cost effective it is for the deep south to be snow-ready even in the modern 24-7-365 economy.

In Alabama, I can't remember anything this bad happening winter-related since maybe '99, and the last time anything even ice-related even happened was the day before the Auburn-Oregon national championship game, so Cam Newton was still in college the last night that the roads were icy in Birmingham.

That being said, they still could have salted the interstates, damn.
 
2014-01-29 10:08:40 AM  
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2014-01-29 10:09:26 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Now, let me tell you something.  I live in rural North Dakota and it has snowed here three feet per week every week since August.  I drove home last night in my Corvette from the Dairy Queen in two feet of snow and I didn't see one single wreck.


You lie. There are no Corvettes in North Dakota. And the Dairy Queens close in the winters. You are clearly a city slicker and an imposter, come to steal the fracking secrets that have (secretly) made every No'Dakotan a multi-millionaire. They will find your frozen body in a snowbank in the spring, just like every other spy who tries to infiltrate the secret paradise of North Dakota.
 
2014-01-29 10:09:28 AM  
v020o.popscreen.com

Who left the fridge open?
 
2014-01-29 10:09:55 AM  

Tenga: I was on the road in Georgia yesterday. Looked like just wisps of snow, but there was a thin layer of ice. I saw an 18 wheeler slide sideways on the interstate from a stop.

It was the speed of how fast it happened, and the deception of how it looked that made it so bad. I'm 46 and it was the most treacherous I've ever been in.


Also, this. The sidewalk in front of my hose is an ice rink. The steps are only ok b/c a thin layer of snow is covering the ice giving some traction.

No one can drive well on a layer of actual ice, no matter how thin.
 
2014-01-29 10:10:02 AM  

Descartes: All the hills become difficult, backing up traffic onto other roads making even flatter & better routes screwed.


Once I finally got home yesterday---it took a full two hours to drive the 1.5 miles from the Marta station---I was informed, "Oh, and we need milk, too!"

I ain't stupid; I walked to the grocery store to get that milk.  A helluva lot faster (and safer!) than driving yesterday.

Cars were having trouble going up the slightest inclines.  I watched a late-model Volvo struggle to get a up a road that I had always perceived to be flat before (though when walking it, I realized it had an incline of a couple degrees).   Cars spinning out right and left.  Ambulance sirens were non-stop.

Oh, but I've never seen so many pedestrians in Atlanta as I saw yesterday!  I guess people gave up on driving...
 
2014-01-29 10:10:08 AM  

eiger: As a southerner who has lived in the North extensively, all I have is this to say: northerners are full of shiat when they talk about snow and southerners. Every year, like clock work in northern cities that very first snow comes, and it's a disaster... dozens, even hundreds of accidents, schools closed, etc. And this is despite the fact they have salt trucks, plows, and at least some experience driving in it. I guess maybe there are places in rural, Maine, North Dakota or Alaska where they really aren't phased, but that's more the exception than the rule.

Then it happens in the South where there is no infrastructure to deal with it and little experience and everyone points and laughs.

/These threads are tiresome.


It's funny because the amount of snow that causes problems for us and the amount of snow that causes problems for you are different.

Minnesotans laugh at us all, of course.
 
2014-01-29 10:10:10 AM  

Cobblestone Flag: Eh, this occurs one or two days per 10-15 years. I'm not sure how cost effective it is for the deep south to be snow-ready even in the modern 24-7-365 economy.


This. Although i'm sure we can expect a kneejerk reaction where a bunch of southern cities now spend huge sums of money for equipment that nobody down there knows how to correctly use, which then rusts for the next 10 years.
 
2014-01-29 10:10:17 AM  

Tom_Slick: snocone: Are they gonna hang a weatherman before we even begin prosecution of a banker on Wall Street?

This time they got it right, but they have had so many non-snow events that they were ignored as usual.


That's not entirely true. This snow/ice event was not predicted to happen north of Atlanta untill everyone north of Atlanta was either at work or in school already. The weather people blew the call.
 
2014-01-29 10:10:20 AM  
I live in Bainbridge, which is almost as far south as you can be in Georgia while not being in Florida.  It rained/slushed all last night - so all the schools were cancelled.

My car looked like a popsicle this morning, which wasn't a big deal since I gave myself extra time to get to work.

What I didn't expect was for all the bridges/overpasses on the highway to be closed down at 7:45 in the morning so the city could dump dirt on them to protect us from the imaginary ice.  The only ice I saw today was on my (and others) cars and yet people were driving down a 55 mph highway at 25, when there was no need to drive that slowly.  Annoying as hell, but at least nobody hit me.
 
2014-01-29 10:10:25 AM  

SuicidalGoat: 10 hours to drive 9 miles? why not... idk.. walk?


Are you mad? Did you not read the story and understand that there are FIVE INCHES of snow on the ground? I'm not sure you can even walk through that, and I'm reasonably certain that anyone who attempted such a feat would be dead from hypothermia.

In all seriousness, it's hard to walk through snow when you don't own a pair of boots and your warmest attire consists of jeans, the one pair of wool socks you got for a ski trip back in '98, an Atlanta Braves baseball cap (circa '98 as well) a long sleeve shirt, and possibly a light sweater.  It's not like people who live year round in Atlanta are likely to own a winter coat, gloves, warm hats, or snow boots.

Glitchwerks: If I had a WRX or Lan Evo right now I would be having so much.


My wife and I drove all over DC in our STI when the government shut down due to Snowmageddon 2010.  We were literally the only car on the roads and we had a blast.  Took pictures of all the buildings and monuments while there were still covered in snow.  Only problem was they wouldn't let us walk into Arlington Cemetery to take pictures because the snow was so deep you couldn't see the grave markers.
 
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