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Old 01-31-2014, 07:51 AM
 
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There are plenty of threads on the Atlanta forum explaining what happened if you really want to know.
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:13 AM
 
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To be fair, is it possible that most underestimated what would happen? Here in the north, most who go out into storms and icy conditions have the attitude that they can handle it. Of course, most of us do just that. But then we've had experience with how to navigate such roads. These folks didn't.
I know I do not have the experience and knowledge to go rock climbing; therefore, I do not go rock climbing.

The news tells you that extreme weather is heading to your area. If you don't have experience with it, why take the chance?
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:03 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Some employees (not just medical professionals) are considered essential employees and are expected to go in no matter what the weather is like. Some other people can't afford to lose their job...if your boss says you're fired if you don't go in, you're probably going to go in, because it's just not that easy to find a new job these days.

I think weather conditions that come up during the day are more difficult to deal with...if it snows overnight in a place unused to snow, it's easy for schools and businesses to decide to close. But when something is forecast to start during the day, then they either risk getting everyone stuck at work and schools, or closing just in case, and then not having it snow after all.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I think weather conditions that come up during the day are more difficult to deal with...if it snows overnight in a place unused to snow, it's easy for schools and businesses to decide to close. But when something is forecast to start during the day, then they either risk getting everyone stuck at work and schools, or closing just in case, and then not having it snow after all.
I agree with that. Timing is important Even if the weather monkeys say that bad weather is coming in the afternoon, a lot of people look out the window in the morning and think, "eh, they're probably wrong." Then when it comes through later in the day, they hightail it out of work/school and create gridlock that hampers any snow/ice removal efforts.

It's happened where I live, and we get snow regularly. When it snows overnight, the roads are clear of traffic and the trucks can easily get out and salt and plow. When it snows during the middle of the day, it's a mess.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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I was shocked at those icy highways; that would have been a big problem anywhere.

Atlanta traffic is horrific on a dry day; glad it was mainly inconvenience and not tragedy for our Southern friends.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:30 AM
 
Location: La Mesa Aka The Table
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I was shocked at those icy highways; that would have been a big problem anywhere.

Atlanta traffic is horrific on a dry day; glad it was mainly inconvenience and not tragedy for our Southern friends.
This^^^
Atlanta has some of the worst traffic in the nation. Add snow and this was inevitable!
Nobody's talking about Alabama and they had some of the same problems
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Northville, MI
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I really dont see the issue here. The only time such dire situations hit NJ was during snowmegaddon. Even during the recent winter storm, most people were able to make their way home safely. If roads were pretreated, then Ice should not have formed. DOT takes all the blame here, sorry. Pay up "highwaymen", cause you knew it was coming . FILE A SUPREME COURT CASE ON GADOT.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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Yes, hitman- saw interesting drone coverage of similar situation in Alabama LiveLeak.com - Drone Footage: Alabama Winter Storm 2014
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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I've lived in the North and in the South, and I think the people in the Atlanta area just had so little understanding of how snow and cold can affect things that they underestimated it. People in the North face this every Winter and know how to deal with it and how to drive in it. Those in the warmer States have little or no experience with any of this and were ill prepared or educated.

Plus, this storm was monumental, even by usual standards and wide sweeping. Even parts of Florida saw the white stuff, and we in Southern Florida had ice on our windshields in some areas.

Don
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:13 AM
 
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I think it is a combination of factors:

1. low taxes=not much money or resources to respond to emergencies. There is no money for snow removal or pretreatment. But taxes are low!
2. snow and ice are rare there and people "used to" deal with it by staying home at even the hint of snow.
3. lots of people from other areas now live there and don't like the laid back "old ways" and get angry when school is canceled and it only flurries
4. employers want everyone to work no matter what and they will be labeled weather wimps or fired if they do not.
5. there are a lot of people who do not make much money; I knew people who did not own winter coats and could not afford to do so. This fact leads explains *some* of the unprepared people, but not all.

On top of that the forecasters and the school/Atlanta/state bureaucracy screwed up.

fyi: I am not from Georgia but lived there for many years. It turned me from a Republican into a tax and spend progressive

I do know that my friends who still live there decided to sleep at work rather than face the roads, after going on social media to check conditions. On the whole they felt pressured by their employers (education) to go to work. They are also now using facebook to ask what they should have in winter preparedness kits, because this is all new to them...

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