It's not these people's fault that they don't have winter driving experience, because there's not opportunity to get it if it never snows.
Exactly, which is why a lot of the people out there who are poking fun at us for what happened aren't exactly being fair. First of all, because people down here do not have experience driving on snow and ice. Second of all, because they do not routinely salt the roads here or treat them in any way for winter precipitation, so two inches of snow on our roads makes the driving conditions on them much worse than it would in a place that does frequently get snow and ice. So, it's kind of a double whammy
I have spent 40 years in the north, in Wisconsin. This was the first time in five years the weather was this bad in the South.
I don't know what the weather was like over there in Alabama three years ago but the storm we got in Atlanta then was much worse than this one. The difference was, we were prepared for that one. That's part of what made this whole thing so frustrating. It was far from being the worst winter storm we've ever had, it's just that it caught us so off-guard.
By the way, is it bad that when I was stuck in all that gridlock for all those hours and wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it home, my main concern and worry was not about food or shelter or warmth but about whether or not I was going to be stranded somewhere with no alcohol? LOL! That's kind of how my mind works though. Talk about having fucked-up priorities. Peace,