Now the title is “Winter storm watch: Prepare to stay home for at least 3 days, state says.”
The graphic shows that “1-3" of Snow Possible”
**What The Ever-Living Fuck…! **
Three days to clear roads in a Major US City? That’s Atlanta, home of Ted Turner & CNN!
I’m pretty damn sure those skyscrapers aren’t building cut outs in front of “Mayberry”.
Pick up trucks with plows could clear the streets in faster than 3 days.
Is this some sort of new ‘Faith Based Snow Removal System’?
“Dear Og, We-ah Beseech Thee! Meh-helt That De-mon Snoooow…!”
(…can I get an Amen…?)
The Department of Public Works in Atlanta Alone operates on a fiscal budget that was for more than $47 million in 2016.
Where is that money going that you can’t clear your roads when it snows?
Hookers & Blow?
(Dats more than three days worth, Bruddah…)
I’m in South Carolina a couple of hours drive from Atlanta–to the best I can recall, the last time we had as much as 3 inches of snow was in late 2010 and early 2011. Many years there isn’t even a “sticking” amount of snow at all. So you are talking about keeping and maintaining a fleet of vehicles that wouldn’t on average be used even once a year.
What should the budget be for a city with no snow-clearing capabilities? What’s the correct cost of roads and sanitation ++ for … is it just the 460 thousand of the City of Atlanta? Or do we need to count in at least some of the 5 million in the metropolitan area?
I have relatives in Texas and I’ve joked about how they pull out the state plow when it snows somewhere in the state. But there’s some truth to it. Southern states don’t have the capacity to deal with snow than northern states do. My county probably has more snow plows than the entire state of Georgia has. Which makes sense. Why should a state that hardly ever has a major snowfall spend millions preparing for them?
Okay, I remember hearing that term, and the complaints about how things were in Atlanta–but apparently I didn’t get enough snow to have remember it very well. (To me, tree and power line breaking ice storms are the real hazard–in the ice storm of 2001 or 2002 (whichever it was) I was without electricity for 9 days.)
There are 40 snowplows and 30 salt trucks in Atlanta proper (465k people, 134 sq. miles) . I can’t find exact numbers, but probably no more than double that in the entire metro Atlanta area (5.5MM people, 8400 sq. miles). Not nearly enough when needed, but balance that against the reality that they may be needed once every 2 years or so.
There are year round stores of salt all along the interstates and some main roads, but during and after a snow/ice storm they can be useless because of reasons 3 & 4
No cars here have snow tires and damn few people even own snow chains, much less carry them in their cars. Any frozen precip makes driving treacherous.
As a result of reason 3, roads can quickly become impassable due to wrecks and abandoned vehicles as people give up and walk. Hell, that has happened during some rush hours when a bad wreck shut down an interstate. Traffic in and around Atlanta is insane under the best conditions. If trucks and plows can’t get through, they are no good to anyone.
Metro Atlanta governments woefully underestimated the impacts of the 2014 storm. It was an unmitigated disaster and officials were fired. Expect an overabundance of caution for the next few years at any mention of winter precip. This will last until the pendulum swings back to “You always overreact and cost taxpayers money, cut it out!”
I was on a phone call earlier this afternoon with my clients, who are in Birmingham, Alabama. Their forecast is calling for about 1 to 1.5 inches of snow, starting early tomorrow morning (plus possibly sleet and freezing rain), and they’re a little freaked out about it. Apparently, school closures have already been announced for tomorrow, and it seems likely that my clients’ office will be closed, too.
And, frankly, I can’t blame them. Building on what Doctor Jackson describes in his post above:
I expect that Birmingham’s public works / highway commission has little in the way of snow removal equipment or salt
The area is rather hilly, making snowy / icy roads even more fun
No one there knows how to drive in the snow
Given all that, if I were down there tomorrow, even with my 35 years of experience in winter driving, I don’t know that I’d want to be out in it.
Aside from the fact that the city government is not prepped to handle this kind of weather, the residents themselves go into panic mode, as they don’t know how to drive on the white stuff. Traffic will be backed up so much that a normal 45 minute commute will take 7-8 hours. I have friends that live in ATL and when they do get snow it’s a nightmare, much like Dallas and Houston.