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    Posted January 30, 2014 by
    greg012689
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    Atlanta, Georgia
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    Wintry weather 2014

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    My story of Atlanta's Snowpocalypse 2014

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     greg012689 was stranded for 48 hours in the Cumberland Mall area on the night of January 28th until the morning of January 29th during the Atlanta snowstorm. "I walked a total of about 10 miles during Snowjam '14, and while the distance [didn't] phase me since I'm used to hiking and distance running, I was unprepared for the bitter cold," he said.
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    I left work at about 12:30PM thinking I would actually beat most of the traffic. I spent roughly 3.5 hours in bumper to bumper traffic. It wasn't stop and go traffic. It was stop and inch traffic. The snow turned into slush from the heat of the cars then it quickly froze over. I run on summer tires year-round, so I was especially screwed.

    Anyway, I made it about 5 miles into my 18 miles commute home before pulling into a parking lot and walking the 5 miles back to my office building. I stopped at a bar maybe 2 miles in for a little bit of liquid courage before continuing to the office. I walked to a friend's place and stayed there both Tuesday and Wednesday nights, I did walk to work on Wednesday just so that I would have something to pass the time while the state, county, and local governments figured out what their next move was going to be.

    On Thursday morning I walked to a nearby gas station from my friend's place for some breakfast and coffee. I was also waiting for a ride to take me to my car. I finally made it home at around noon Wednesday, exactly 47.5 hours after I left for work on Tuesday. The back road that leads to my neighborhood is still very dangerous and is untreated, so I left my car at a nearby police station and hitched a ride with somebody that was using chains.

    While the high on Thursday is supposed to hit 40, there are so many trees in the Atlanta region that cast shade over the roads conditions still remain very dangerous. The high on Friday is supposed to be in the low 50s and I know I'm going to wait until Friday afternoon before I try navigating back roads to get my car from the police station.

    Then we seem to have a beautiful weekend in store, with sunny skies and high temperatures in the 60s.

    Welcome to Atlanta's winter weather, folks! This is why we don't have a lot of snow removal equipment.
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