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Old 01-08-2010, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Well, at Noon here in NW DeKalb, my street is still a solid sheet of ice. This doesn't bode well with highs not reaching 32 today.

Glad some of you were able to get out and about.
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:35 AM
 
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our office is closing early today...around 1:00pm with pay...woohoo!
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:46 AM
 
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Briarcliff to Clairmont to N. Druid Hills is clear---a part of Briarcliff before the BCliff Library is blocked off--no idea why.
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:00 AM
 
Location: midtown mile area, Atlanta GA
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People are moving along Peachtree okay-the side streets are really icy and that's where cars are sliding. Plus it's windy and really, really cold.
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:56 AM
 
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My youngest went out to the gym, arrived safely, but now the road leading to our development is closed in both directions and he can't get home. It is a mess out there. The police are sitting at the barricades to make sure nobody goes around. To the left of us, a dozen cars are waiting to be towed out of the ditch along the 2 mile stretch. To the right, another 5.

The cops told us they are waiting on a pickup truck of sand to try and get the road reopened, but they had no idea when the truck would arrive.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:01 PM
 
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We moved to Alpharetta a few days ago from Canada. I moved partly to get away from the snow. I'm sorry, it must have followed me here.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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Just curious, why isn't salt or calcium chloride used to melt the snow? I think NY learned in the late 90s that sand is good for nothing but traction. Since then its has used melting chemicals exclusively and we rarely have an icing issue.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:11 PM
 
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Just curious, why isn't salt or calcium chloride used to melt the snow? I think NY learned in the late 90s that sand is good for nothing but traction. Since then its has used melting chemicals exclusively and we rarely have an icing issue.
It is my understanding that the chemicals deteriorate over time. Believe it or not, we have some winters where they wouldn't be used. Local governments (that is who is responsible for clearing all roads but interstates and state roads) can afford to stockpile it. Sand doesn't go bad.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Just curious, why isn't salt or calcium chloride used to melt the snow? I think NY learned in the late 90s that sand is good for nothing but traction. Since then its has used melting chemicals exclusively and we rarely have an icing issue.
That's a good question. The roads are salted into oblivion in the Twin Cities, and it works as long as the temps don't get too cold (when it gets below zero, none of that stuff works effectively).

I used to live in a townhouse in the Twin Cities with a roof drainage issue just above the front steps, and our sidewalk in front would turn into a pond and then freeze, sometimes a few inches thick. Dangerous as heck. A quick application of melting pellets (calcium chloride, I think) from the local hardware store would turn it into a sponge and get rid of it in a hurry. Apply it in the evening, and by morning you could remove quite easily it with an ice chipper. Without the pellets, it was a few hours of very hard work. Ugh.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:25 PM
 
Location: East Cobb
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Salt and other chemicals are pretty bad for the environment, and for the vehicles that travel on the roads. The local government not only has to have the chemicals on hand, but they have to have the equipment and personnel to go out and spread the stuff. I just don't think it would make sense for metro Atlanta local governments to spend the money needed to accomplish this, given the low frequency of this kind of weather.
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