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Traffic moved slowly around the Courthouse Square last Tuesday after snow blanketed the roadways causing traffic nightmares for everyone traveling.
 

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher

 

While watching the snowfall last Tuesday you would think that something that beautiful couldn’t possibly cause any problems.

That was definitely not the case as most of the south was caught in a traffic nightmare that just wouldn’t go away.

Schools and businesses all over the south started closing before noon and by early afternoon it was apparent that Mother Nature was definitely going to win this battle.

Thirty-minute commutes became three hours or more and in cities like Atlanta and Birmingham commutes became overnight horror stories for many.

Locally school was dismissed at noon but no bus service was provided which left many parents trying to get to their children while the Dade County Sheriff’s Department transported other students home.

Locally everyone did get home safely but that was not the case in many other areas around the south as many students spent the night at school and in a few isolated cases two nights.

Even the Gulf Coast was not spared as many areas along the gulf reported white beaches from the snow and not from the sand.

Temperatures hovered around zero for several nights so melting was very slow. Only areas getting a lot of sun saw the white stuff go away.

Dade County Schools as well as most of the schools in the tri–state area remained closed for the remainder of the week but the good news was since Governor Nathan Deal declared a State of Emergency those three days will not have to be made up.

Much of the talk late last week was of another pending snowstorm for this week but as of early Monday most of the chances of snow had been completely taken out of the forecast for this week.

That is certainly good news for those who had to deal with the mess it caused last week as no one seems to be anxious for a repeat any time soon.

 


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