Less than a month away from the national headline news of the crippling snow that left the entire state of Georgia in a state of complete meltdown, amidst a meager several inches, another snowstorm is expected to hit the recovering state this week. A number of Georgia’s operations are shut down in fear of the snowy weather which last week rendered all roads, interstates and highways impassable.
As a mixture of something between a slapstick comedy and an apocalyptic event, the state of the state reminded many of a scene from The Walking Dead where abandoned and wrecked vehicles were parked by the dozens along the sides of the roads and most residents found it easier and faster to hike to wherever they needed to go before evening attempting to risk driving over the iced roads.
Georgia officials wasted no time on Monday night dismissing most activities, including all school and most work, as they aimed to avoid a repeat offense of being the butt of the nation’s joke with their lack of preparation of what most northerners would call “no snow.” Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency before any snow was evident as by noon the next day it barely snowed or iced with mostly light rain as the culprit of the off day.
The last blunder was mostly because of an absence of salt trucks to avoid the vehicle slippage, which most saw as a given for the possibility of snow with the expectation that activities would or could function regularly. The snowy weather is a sign to Georgia residents that to expect the daily operations to move with any consistency, one would need to take personal precautions into account.
Last time around, more than 1,200 flights in and out of the Hartsfield International Airport were cancelled at the nation’s busiest airport. More than 940 accidents with upwards of 100 injuries were reported as members of the National Guard were brought aboard to make somewhat advanced extractions from the gridlocked interstates. Countless busses of school children were stuck overnight in the weather and voluntary shelter of local and corporate establishments in hopes of overcoming the adverse weather. In some cases, commutes that regularly took from 20 minutes to an hour took as long five hours or more in some cases.
Black ice played a significant factor, forcing most to steer clear of the travel until it melted away. States like Louisiana and South Carolina declared states of emergency to avoid the mishaps that were faced by Georgia. The most feared hindrances towards Georgia’s operations in the snowy weather are most definitely power outages with an expected nine inches of snow. To Georgia’s residents, the entire event was nostalgic to the storm that hit in 2011, leaving a similar set of circumstances. This current storm is expected to have a widespread effect from parts of Texas to Kentucky and everything in between as everyone buckles down for a late winter barrage that is a rarity for most residents across the southeastern region of the United States.
By Michael Augustine