11 January 2011

Winter Memories

     Growing up in Georgia means that we usually have somewhat mild winters. We might get an inch of snow every other year and a larger snow storm once in a while. Usually, the kids rush out to play the second it starts accumulating because it could be gone in a few hours and it will be gone the next day.

     There are few exceptions. I have vague memories of the Blizzard in '93 with drifts of snow in the back yard almost hip high (I was about 10 years old).  I remember an ice storm a few years later that kept us trapped in the house where we played board games (Risk got thrown across the dining room).  But the biggest winter storm that I can remember? It's happening right now.

     Atlanta is pretty much shut down right now. It snowed 6 inches Sunday night and then iced up another inch. My work hasn't opened these past two days - and it takes a lot to close a movie theatre! I've worked there for 10 years and this is the first time I can think of that we haven't at least opened for a few hours. We've been watching the local news, seeing the highways covered in ice and people literally ice skating down major downtown streets.  People always say that Southerners don't know how to drive in snow. It's not that - it's that we don't have enough snow plows to clear the roads.

     Here are some photos of the Snowmagedon:

Looking down the street from in front of my house

Trixie, breaking through the ice and into the snow (not happy)


Carol said...

We shovel paths for the yorks, but, breaking thru that ice is nasty business. Poor puppy Trixie.

Greta Koehl said...

That's the saddest little face! I don't blame her; we were watching the news up in Philadelphia that was showing the snow and ice down there - not a pretty sight!

Joan said...

Not my idea of the south -- for sure. Trixie may have to get snow boots.

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Wow, you guys got a lot of snow. The look on Trixie's face says it all.

Sarah Farr said...

The ice ruined any fun that we might have had too. It's hard to make a snowman with a quarter inch of ice covering all of the snow, and forget about snowballs!

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JL said...

Are you kidding me? That looks like a light dusting. I can still see the curbs! Come to Canada. Especially, come this year.

Valerie C. said...

It might not look like much, but this snow was covered in ice, which literally turned the roads into ice rinks. Schools were canceled for the entire week! Part of the problem is that we just don't have very many snow plows. Atlanta, a city of 4 million people, has 10 plows. Four days after the snow they started plowing residential streets.

Tonight at 9pm will mark one week since the snow started. There will still be significant amounts of snow on the ground. This is unheard of in Georgia.


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