Have you heard the news about snow and ice hitting Atlanta on Tuesday? It’s the craziest thing! Monday I was in short sleeves in 60 degree weather. Tuesday was colder, but nothing too serious, and then my husband called around noon and said he was headed home. His work follows Georgia Tech’s weather cancellations and they were sending everyone home because it was supposed to snow. Well, apparently the entire city – all schools, municipal offices, etc – cancelled the day all at once, putting everyone out on the road at the same time, and the roads literally froze right under them as they were trying to get home. Parker got out just before things got bad because his commute to get back home only took about twenty minutes. Had he left just one hour later, he could have been stuck out there all night long or may have had to abandon his car to walk home like so many others did. No kidding!
Check out these time stamped traffic maps to see exactly how jammed the roads became yesterday in only one hour! We only got a couple inches (inches!) of snow, but the roads immediately iced and motorists had no control and the conditions quickly crippled the city. My poor dad had to spend the night in his truck, stranded in the next city over that’s normally only about twenty minutes away. He left yesterday at 1:30pm (which, if you look at that map in the link above, you can see he was doomed) and got home around 9:30am the next morning. I was worried sick all night for him, but he said he was okay. Thank goodness.
Anyway! Before I realized how serious the situation was, I got out and took some excited pictures because the snow was really pretty. It was our first snow in the new house, so of course we had to play in it a bit. Oh, and I scored this awesome coat in a vintage shop in Salt Lake City last week so I was thrilled to have a pretty backdrop to take pictures with it.
Parker read me a tweet (from a Northener) today that said “Comforting to know that if the South ever rises again, we’ll be able to suppress them with a snow machine.” Hah! So true.