I was working at home (Loganville, 31 miles ENE of the airport) because I feared that the if the snows came, I would not be able to get home from work (44 miles) due to traffic and weather. Boy was that a wise move! Check out my video to see what happened over the next 36 hours.
The snow (1) was heavier than expected; (2) ranged further north than expected; (3) covered a broader expanse than expected; and (4) lasted longer than expected. Because temperatures had been below freezing for some time before the snow hit, it accumulated more and faster than expected...even on the roads.
Schools didn't let out until it was too late to get the kids home. School bus accidents trapped kids in buses for hours. Some kids stayed overnight in schools. Parents were frantic.
Because of its geography and typical weather patterns, Atlanta is not as prepared for winter weather as some areas north of the Mason-Dixon line. But poor decisions and late decisions caused this winter storm to be a near disaster.
Today is Friday, January 31. The temperature went above freezing around 10 AM...the first time since Monday. I went back to work this morning. Roads that were heavily shaded were icy and I actually slid off the pavement onto the shoulder once, even though I was only going about 22 MPH. No harm...no damage. But I was ready to go back to work. Cabin fever had set in badly after only three days.
Forecasters say more of the same is coming in February!