Good morning friends. There is still lots of snow on the ground and we have another snow day.
Yes, we are snuggled in and warm and cozy. BUT...there are many near us who are not.
I know many of you up north are used to a lot of snow and it's not a big deal. You go on about your lives pretty normal and your children still go to school and you still go to work.
Here, we are not prepared for such. Since seeing snow is pretty rare, our state is not nearly as prepared as one that sees it often.
This is a picture of our Kroger grocery store in town.
This was taken the night before the snow started. Ha!
Schools are called off here at the mere mention of snow. That happened this time too for us. However, forecasts had the snow staying further south and not reaching Atlanta. During the night before the storm, the forecasts changed and included the Atlanta area and areas northward. However, those counties decided to still have school as regularly scheduled.
When the snow started, it started sticking quick. The schools dismissed early. The roads got icy and bad quick. It's terrible. There were many many buses that headed out to take children home and couldn't make it.
Some turned around and came back to the schools. Some are still stranded on the side of the roads.
There were hundreds of children at many schools that had to spend the night. Can you imagine? I can't. I cannot imagine not being able to get to my child. I cannot imagine how scared those little ones had to be either.
These pictures are all from the Atlanta Journal Newspaper. Just look.
The interstates became a nightmare. Businesses shut down and traffic was at a standstill. Guess what? It still is. I have heard reports from several friends whose husbands were trying to get home last night. One said a normal 30 minute commute took over 8 hours. The reports on the news are unbelievable. No one can get anywhere. The cars are running out of gas. Several home depots in the Atlanta area stayed open all night as a shelter for the stranded people to stay the night. There was a Facebook group started where people were writing in offering the homes to stranded motorists near them.
The National Guard has been called in to try and rescue people stranded and try to get some of the cars off the roads so that the DOT can bring in the salt and scraper trucks.
There was this story on the news this morning of this good Samaritan who is walking up and down the interstate handing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and bottled water. Thank God for people like him.
And there are stories coming in like this one. This dad walked six miles to get to his daughter's school so he could spend the night with her. What love.
So..as we are planning on enjoying another fun day playing in the snow, there are many still trying to get to loved ones or just make it home.
Would you say a little prayer for them? Pray for their safety and pray for their families as many have been up all night worrying.
Say a little prayer for my hubby too. His company was closed today but as you know, he works in the water and sewer department. There are things that must be done everyday at those plants. Guess who gets to go do it today? Yup...hubby. He is out now. Please say a prayer he gets back safely.
Until next time....