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Snow Hits the A-T-L

This notice was posted on FaceBook…

 

  • “Yes, northerners, we know you can drive in eighty feet of snow, drunk and with a blindfold on, so leave us alone and let us enjoy our annual day of snow.”

Many northerners, me included at the time, come down to the Southern states and roll their eyes at the panic any time snow is predicted. Two things to keep in mind: none of the Southern states have a fleet of salt trucks, sanders or snow plows – worth millions of tax dollars – at their disposal for the once in every two or three years that it snows.

Secondly, it’s very true that most Southerners can’t drive in the snow… they simply have never had an opportunity to get any practice. Now think, how many northerners have yelled at their windshield when stuck in stop-and-go traffic during the first snowstorm of the year, “Come on folks, it’s snow, just like we had last year and the fifty before it. I realize that many of you didn’t have to put snow tires on your rickshaws, flying carpets or camels back in your native land, but can this be everyone’s first winter!”

Here are some pictures of last week’s snow storm that blanketed the South.

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A truck driver slides off the highway in icy weather, as he tries to avoid another wrecked truck on I-65, in Clanton, Alabama, on January 28, 2014. Overnight, the South saw fatal crashes and hundreds of fender-benders. Jackknifed 18-wheelers littered Interstate 65 in central Alabama. Ice shut down bridges on Florida’s panhandle and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, one of the world’s longest spans, in Louisiana. Some commuters pleaded for help via cellphones while still holed up in their cars, while others trudged miles home, abandoning their vehicles outright.

 

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In this aerial photo, traffic is snarled along the I-285 perimeter north of the metro area after a winter snow storm in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 29, 2014. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said early Wednesday that the National Guard was sending military Humvees onto Atlanta’s snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to people. Georgia State Patrol troopers headed to schools where children were hunkered down early Wednesday after spending the night there, and transportation crews continued to treat roads and bring gas to motorists.

 

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In this view looking south toward downtown Atlanta, the ice-covered interstate system is empty on a Wednesday morning, after a winter snow storm slammed the city with over 2 inches of snow that turned highways into parking lots when motorists abandoned their vehicles creating massive traffic jams lasting through January 29, 2014.

 

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In this view looking south toward downtown Atlanta near the I-75 Chattahoochee River overpass, abandoned cars are piled up on the median of the ice-covered interstate after a winter snow storm slammed the city with over 2 inches of snow that turned highways into parking lots creating massive traffic jams lasting through Wednesday, January 29, 2014, in Atlanta.

 

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Traffic at a standstill on Interstate 65 northbound as officials work to clear abandoned vehicles in Hoover, Alabama, on January 29, 2014.

 

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A band of snow and freezing rain is pictured over the southeastern United States, stretching from Texas through Georgia and into the Carolinas, in this Jan. 29 handout satellite image provided by NASA. The rare winter storm killed at least six people, stranded children in their schools overnight and paralyzed travel in several states, including hundreds of flight cancellations at the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson.

 

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Traffic sits at a standstill on the downtown Interstate 75-85 as dawn breaks in the aftermath of a winter storm in Atlanta, Ga., on January 29. Thousands of commuters and students were unable to reach their homes in the aftermath of the storm.

 

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Dozens of motorists become stranded on Womack Road as dropping temperatures turn the hill into a sheet of ice on Jan. 28 in Dunwoody, Ga.

 

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A lone car travels on the downtown Interstate 75-85 in Atlanta on Jan. 29 after a winter storm hit Georgia.

 

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A driver uses a mobile phone in a car after running off the roadway due to a snow storm in Atlanta, on January 29, 2014.

 

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A water fountain is covered in ice on 14th street in Atlanta, on January 23, 2014.

 

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A group of friends watch as one fall while trying to slide down the hill while standing up on a piece of cardboard at Renaissance Park on Jan. 28 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Snowfall was greater than expected and blanketed the ground all over the city. Some blame the snowfall on Chattanooga resident Marcella Westmoreland’s special FaceBook request.
 

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