PLEASE try and stay warm this weekend/week! Don’t venture out unless you absolutely need to! The National Weather Service says travel Sunday-Tuesday should be avoided unless it’s an emergency, so I think that trip to Starbucks can wait. Plus who wants to go out in -30 degree temperatures?? Please stay warm, y'all!
This is a rant about how people in Georgia are not pathetic and why people from the north need to calm the fuck down and realize why what happened, well, happened.
Now, I’m from Boston - I love the north. I love Canada, I love snow and ice and everything. I live in Atlanta right now, though. And I miss the north a lot! As a matter of fact I’ve been out in my Bruins jersey playing ice hockey in the streets all day. But it’s really been getting me mad seeing all the northerners calling us pathetic and saying we shut down with 3 inches of snow on the ground just because we wanted a snow day. So here goes….
Okay so today I met a woman from New York while Sydney and I took a walk around town to see the snow. Her question was: “Why is your city so unprepared for this?” and went on to say, “Like there’s ice everywhere. Why is there still ice? I can’t drive on ice and I’m from upstate New York! How did they expect you Georgians to???” And I was just like “Fucking THANK YOU."
I’ve heard a lot of ignorant people saying, "They’ll look for any reason to shut things down!” No. They. Don’t. You see, the city of Atlanta has probably 3 snowplows, vehicles to salt the roads, etc. for the entirety of the city and every single suburb. This is why the city was shut down due to a few inches of snow and ice. Our mayor clearly isn’t very smart on top of that either.
So from the beginning: Tuesday morning, the weather man issued an alert calling for 1-2 inches of snow, ice, black ice, hazardous driving conditions, among other things. Schools, colleges, businesses, etc. all opened anyway because our mayors/governor did not heed the warnings. We didn’t shut down at the drop of a hat. But you know what? We should have.
Around 11am the snow began to fall and by noon everyone was slowly realizing that these conditions would become dangerous by nightfall to drive home in. You see, it never snows in metro Atlanta. We get this kind of weather once every 3 years, IF that. Sure we get bits of ice and snow, but by afternoon it all melts away due to the temperatures rising like they normally do to 50 degrees F, 10 degrees C. Therefore, nothing really calls for such preparedness on a normal winter’s day. That’s not to say we shouldn’t have those precautions, because we should, we just never usually need them.
Lot’s of things have been happening this winter, mostly in the snow we have had: car batteries dying (like mine, because we’ve never really seen below zero temperatures like in this winter), low tire pressure causing people to slide on ice, inexperienced drivers causing accidents, people getting completely stuck in the ice, cars sliding off roads, people driving 10 or under because of said conditions, etc. And that’s just the start. The main issue here is traffic.
Georgia did not shut down yesterday morning for the sake of shutting down. It should have closed things in the morning though. Yes, it should have. Our mayors should really have recognized the potential problems that would have been caused by the warnings given by the weather channel. Still it would not have been “looking for any reason to shut down” because no, places do NOT look for excuses to shut down. Money is lost, people are hurt, and it’s never a good thing. Georgia tried really hard to not shut down, and chaos ensued.
People were stranded on the sides of roads. People crashed into one another. There were pile-ups. A woman gave birth on I-85 in the traffic. Kids were forced to either walk miles home or sleep in their schools. Some people I know are STILL trying to get home. Others walked for miles after having to leave their cars due to road blockages. How does a place avoid shutting down when the roads are treacherous? When there’s literally no way to get through to anywhere because everything is blocked?
So why did this all happen? In the north there can be several feet of snow and ice and nothing shuts down, right? It all comes down to the preparedness of Georgia. First of all, how many of our drivers know how to drive in snow? Not very many. How many of our cars can help that inexperience with all wheel drive or winter tires? Not very many. And our roads certainly didn’t help. In the north a lot of drivers are experienced in it because it happens every winter. And the idiots that still aren’t - well guess what? You guys have salt and snow plows to clear your roads when they’re at their most dangerous. Like the woman I met from New York said: she can’t drive on ice!! Because it’s hard!!! And dangerous!! The north is built for these conditions.The south isn’t. The north has snowplows and salt to make the conditions better for inexperienced drivers. The south doesn’t.
The experienced drivers down here even got stuck yesterday boxed in by the crashed and stuck cars. People with all wheel drive were driving on sidewalks and medians to get home. Those guys were fine in the end, even if it took hours to get home because they had A) experience, B) cars that made up for their lack there of. But even our seasoned northerners had trouble because the ice was thick on the roads and never dealt with by anyone - because our city doesn’t know how to. Because we never have to deal with this.
Remember when Hurricane Sandy hit New York? Floridians laughed at their panic, yes? Because a category 1 was nothing! Right? Well, the north wasn’t designed for a hurricane. No one up there ever experienced hurricanes like the south does yearly. The south is designed and prepared for hurricanes, the north isn’t. The north was destroyed and shut down - because they were not prepared.
So that’s my rant. The south shut down yesterday too little too late. It didn’t just close shop for the sake of having a day off. Kids had to sleep in schools. People got hurt. People crashed. People were stranded and freezing. People had to walk miles in the snow abandoning their cars. The roads were all treacherous and 100% blocked. That’s because the south isn’t prepared and never deals with snow. No one knows how to handle it. And our mayor fucked up badly which left a huge mess. We’re not pathetic. We’re not babies. So stop laughing at us and getting angry that you never get snow days. If you want a snow day once every 3 years, then by all means move here. But the bottom line is it’s a regular occurrence up there so your cities can better deal with problems involving snow when they strike.
Please stop being dicks and donate us your snowplows.
So here’s an update from the South, specifically the Atlanta, Georgia area. The roads are extremely dangerous. People who have 5 minute drives to home have been stranded on the iced roads for hours. The major highways are mostly at a stand-still. My campus is in crisis mode with all hands on deck and all buildings housing stranded commuting students. The areas above the Atlanta area are still currently trying to get children home from schools. The school systems made very bad decisions about closing the schools, and in doing so, they created a very big problem. With the roads not moving, the drivers have been urged to bunker down for the night. From the smaller highways, I have heard accounts of strangers lending helping-hands, a push in the snow and ice, and even lending spaces in their homes to people who are stranded. It is really inspiring how the areas around here are uniting to make sure that everyone can be safe. There have been a lot of wrecks and sliding on the roads today. If you’re still stuck, please be careful.
We’re snowed in. Literally. I don’t think my car would make it to the end of the street, even with 4WD. School is cancelled for the boys tomorrow and I just got a text saying that my office is closed, too. What is the appropriate amount of time to wait before we start eating each other?
I AM SO HAPPY. NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN TO ME FOR THE REST OF THE DAY BECAUSE IT IS 50 DEGREES OUTSIDE BUT SCHOOL STILL GOT CANCELLED TOMORROW DUE TO “ANTICIPATED SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS” AND I HAD A PAPER DUE AND 14 AND A HALF HOURS OF STRAIGHT COMMITMENT AND NOW I’M FREE. I USED TO PRAY FOR THIS TO HAPPEN TO ME WHEN I LIVED IN THE NORTH AND NOW IT’S REAL. I UNDERSTAND NOW WHY THE SOUTH LOVES GOD SO MUCH BECAUSE HE IS REAL AND HE CANCELLED SCHOOL.
work called to tell me we were closed for the day before i even got out of bed which means i get to avoid going out in the cold and stay in pajamas and read thunderfrost fics all day and watch ygo uninterrupted