Atlanta (embarrassingly) paralyzed by two inches of snow


ATLANTA, January  29, 2014 — Metro Atlanta and North Georgia on Tuesday were paralyzed by an estimated two inches of snow, an embarrassing turn of events for city that touts itself as an economic player on the world stage.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency, a symbolic declaration that did nothing to help the thousands of motorists stranded on the region’s roads for hours and unable to move any distance in any reasonable amount of time. The governor also called in the National Guard.

The city’s roads turned to gridlock by about 1 p.m. as panicked masses tried to navigate to any number of destinations. It was quickly apparent government officials at all levels were unprepared to respond to the weather.

By 10 p.m., highways and other thoroughfares remained parking lots as the moisture on the road turned to ice. Social media wasted no time comparing the situation to The Walking Dead television show, which is coincidentally filmed in the vicinity.

“Many parts of our state have experienced heavy sleet and snowfall, and in the metro areas we’re experiencing traffic jams caused primarily by heavy volume after the quick onset of the winter storm,” Deal said in a statement. “Unfortunately, traffic is delaying the ability of crews to treat highways all across the state.

“I know many people are trying desperately to pick up their children or simply to get home, and I hope they can get to safe, warm stopping point soon,” Deal added. “Once at your destination, if at all possible, please stay off the roads until conditions improve. State DOT crews will work around the clock to get roads clear; in addition, the National Guard, the Department of Public Safety and GEMA will work to get the state back to normal as quickly as possible.”

Businesses, churches, government offices and schools closed early on Tuesday, sending people by the thousands to an early commute. The commute, which can be frustrating on a good day, quickly turned unbearable to many.

“People are panicking trying to get home and it’s causing worse problems,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Karlene Barron, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, as saying.

While the metro area and much of the state may only seem small amounts of snow, ice may cause more problems overnight and in the morning.

“The snowfall amounts are going to matter very little in this situation because of the ice potential,” The Associated Press quoted Jason Deese, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Peachtree City, as saying. “Some parts of the state may end up seeing the greatest impact just because they get more ice than snow.”

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  • Tanya Grimsley

    As one who personally had to drive in it yesterday and has lived here since 1984, the ice forming so quick was the issue. The GA DOT is not equipped to handle these things like the snowy states. When everyone started to head home, the DOT had no way to lay anything down prior to the mad rush. Sadly, this doesn’t happen to us often and we are not a state that needs to have tons of equipment like certain states. I would ask, embarrassing for whom? Every state is different, our state is more wet when it snows and ice is never safe no matter what state you live in. The photo below is a sheet of ice, not simply a little bit of snow. Sand and gravel won’t break through this.

  • SteveBostic

    It was ICE…Dumbass. I lived in NY and I’ve never seen ice like in Atlanta last night. Snow? It barely snowed at all. What a D-Bag. The embarrassment is YOU.

    • defeo

      Thank you for the personal attack. As the story said: “By 10 p.m., highways and other thoroughfares remained parking lots as the moisture on the road turned to ice.”

      • bralinshan

        Nice of you to bury details of the story down in the piece…leaving the “embarrassingly” in the HEADLINE. Making fun of a city that’s in complete crisis, and then saying that they should be “embarrassed” is complete GARBAGE. It’s goes beyond a cheap shot, it puts the people of the city down.
        Many people read a headline and then move on. They all get a laugh at the stupid people of Atlanta for being so inept. I had a gentleman in from Manhattan and he initially got a kick out of the “inept Atlantans” while looking out the office window. After an 8 hour trip to his hotel, and nearly being in numerous wrecks and watching people slide all over the road, become disabled, and abandon cars….he wasn’t laughing at all. His comment was that outside of Hurricane Sandy, he’d never seen such a weather disaster.
        Your attempt to act like you really covered this situation properly is a JOKE. Removing your headline to reflect what actually happened would be a start in the right direction. But, if “embarrassingly” is getting more clicks, my guess is that you’ll keep it…even if it misrepresents the situation and makes a city look stupid. Jokes still on YOU. This is pathetic on your part.

        • defeo

          If you’re interested, I was in the middle of the storm as I spent 12 hours in my car. I saw the situation firsthand. And, the writer didn’t put embarrassed in the headline, FYI.