The NEW Atlanta Snow Jam Generation.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

The NEW Atlanta Snow Jam Generation by Richard WeisserThirty two years ago Atlanta was paralyzed by a freak afternoon winter storm that shut down traffic in all directions.

Motorists were stranded on every highway in the region, and eventually were forced to abandon their vehicles and set out on foot as the most basic human instinct of all directed them:


Fast forward to 2014. With all of our meteorological technology and instant communication, one would think that a catastrophic event of that magnitude could never happen again.

You would be wrong.

Despite days of warnings, plenty of advance notice, and the ability to INSTANTLY get the message across to everyone, it happened again.

Total gridlock.

Commuters forced into life and death decisions. Do I remain in the car until it runs out of gas or do I set out on foot to find a warm place to survive?

Those that lived through it in 1982 may have known better.

The new 2014 Snow Jam generation will carry their harrowing tales of misery for years to come.


And the next time someone in the Peach State sees a snowflake, the panic will justifiably commence anew!


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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I wondered how people would react down there.

Of course, people up here are not any better.

Jan 28, 2014 11:33 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Richard- we see something similar with a hurricane is approaching.  Many still don't get it that you need to be prepared... until after the fact. 

Jan 29, 2014 12:18 AM #2
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Richard, we missed that snow storm here, just south of Nashville. No matter how much discussion ahead of time, this area would have been paralyzed as well.

Jan 29, 2014 12:54 AM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Richard 30 years is a long time for memory to take hold - apparently.  I watched on TV early this morning and heard that folks started driving home once the snow started coming. I was wondering if the news gave them a heads up....they must have.

Jan 29, 2014 02:57 AM #4
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Snow coming?  I ain't goin' nowhere.  I have lived by the weather report this year. 

I had a close call 2 weeks ago when ice suddenly formed on my road. There is a hill that's a problem in ice. 

A neighbor drove my vehicle to the main road for me and I headed for a Leesburg motel.

Jan 29, 2014 03:41 AM #5
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Richard - Thankfully this does seem to be a 30 year occurance. Just can't believe the schools did not let out sooner.

Jan 29, 2014 09:53 PM #6
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Atlanta made the news this week with all of the road closings, school closings, etc.. not a lot of snow but for it to be so far south in an area that wasn't prepared, sure made a difference.

Jan 31, 2014 10:33 AM #7
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