Today, Atlanta got hit with its first snowstorm of the 2017-18 winter weather season, and the area is surprisingly getting a fair bit of snow. However, after the 2014 “Snowpocalypse” turned Metro Atlanta into the laughingstock of the nation, I think today is a good time to review just what we ought to do if there is a snowstorm here in the South.
- Get all of your food and milk and such in advance. This will prevent you from having to go out into the mess of traffic and slush, and it will also ensure that you have provisions for if the power goes out or you get iced-in by the storm. The South is not-at-all well-equipped to deal with winter storms, so response times on things like power outages can be quite lengthy, days even. Be prepared to camp out at home if need be.
- Unless you have an emergency, stay of the roads in urban and suburban areas. Maybe in rural areas where people have more off-road driving experience and the roads are less traveled it’s okay, but at least from personal experience, I know that urban roads get turned into black ice nightmares. Also, no one knows how to drive on ice or snow. Just stay off the roads.
- If you do happen to find yourself on the roads, drive slowly. Here in Atlanta especially, drivers tend to drive stupidly fast. The snow seems to have some effect on speeds, but y’all really need to slow down or you’ll end up as another one of those idiots who slides into a ditch. Also, even if the snow is insane and traffic is just barely crawling, DO NOT ABANDON YOUR CAR ON THE INTERSTATE. You’d think this would be self-explanatory, but during the 2014 Snowpocalypse, a great number of cars ran out of gas in the middle of the highway and were just left there. If you’re running out of gas (speaking of which, fuel up your car if you know there is a storm coming), pull over to the shoulder so that you don’t impede the traffic flow on the entire highway.
- Invest in gloves. This may sound a bit odd to folks living in colder areas, but many Southerners don’t own winter gloves. When it snows (and this may also sound odd to Northerners), Southerners of all ages tend to get filled with unparalleled excitement and want to go play in the snow, only to discover that they don’t own gloves. Get some mitts!
- Enjoy yourself. Relative to the rest of the country where snow is a common occurrence, snow is extremely rare in the South. Get out there and play in it! Or just stay inside and sip hot chocolate while watching it fall. Either way, you may as well cherish the snow while it’s here; it may be awhile before you see it again.