Oh my gosh! There is snow headed to Atlanta! Time to stock up on bread, milk and beer. Especially the beer! So, the expected accumulations are unknown at this time…it could be an inch it could be three. And in the end, it will probably be none. Everyone gets all excited then not a single flake falls. But IF it snows, one inch shuts down our city for one day, three inches is at least 3 or 4 days. This is pure entertainment for those people in Boston. And honestly, we even laugh at ourselves in Atlanta. But Atlantans are like kids in a candy store when it comes to snow. We always wish really hard for at least one snow a year because it gives us a couple free days at home.
Let’s not forget Snow Jam 2014. Within about one hour Atlanta was in gridlock on the back roads and interstates. There may have been an inch of snow on the ground at that point! It took my husband eight hours to get home what should have been a 35 minute drive. Both of our cars have four wheel drive, but it was difficult to get around all the two wheel drive cars blocking the roads. (I was able to utilize sidewalks and things to get around all the cars that were in the way.) It was quite an adventure.
But the most amazing thing I learned from Snow Jam was the wonderful community we live in. We had kids stuck at schools, families stuck in cars and people walking several miles home barefoot in the snow (just kidding about the barefoot…I just had to throw that in there). Those with four-wheelers were making trips back and forth to rescue people from the roads and schools all during the night. Those without four-wheelers were placing gas containers on their front porches for them to use. One guy was even picking up pizza orders at the pizza place for everyone. Groceries, food, you name it…everyone was helping each other. In the end it really made us appreciate everyone around us and realize, that despite the craziness in life we can all come together when needed. (That sounds kind of deep considering it was 1 maybe 2 inches of snow, doesn’t it?)
My children sometimes wish we lived in a city with more snow, but I warn them, those cities have equipment to keep the city operating and it takes a lot of snow to cancel school up north. The drama and excitement snow creates in the south is far more exciting!