Atlanta, in case you have somehow missed this, is an utter mess. Georgia's largest city got a little snow, and more or less shutdown. It's not that work and school were called off due to the snow, people tried driving in snow and they just couldn't handle it.
That's what it looked like in the abstract. Here is the grim reality.
Meanwhile the apocalypse is happening in Atlanta... pic.twitter.com/sI334va0Dc— Diandra DeNardo (@D_DeNardo) January 29, 2014
Hey, at least there is some space between the cars. Not so for much of the city.
Atlanta gridlock day 2. Motorists stranded for more than 24 hours now. Cars abandoned everywhere. V/ @bi_gettingther pic.twitter.com/z2c5eo3Q1R— PzFeed Top News (@PzFeed) January 29, 2014
Yes, you read that right. People were stuck in their cars for over 24 hours. Under normal conditions, you could drive from Atlanta to Phoenix in that time. Instead, that's what it took to get out of downtown.
Here is an interview by Marketplace's Lizzie O'Reilly with a woman who had been stuck in her car for about twelve hours, and was still there.
And while you're listening to that, here are more pictures of what these people are stuck in:
Many people abandoned their cars on the side of the road (and no, you aren't the only one thinking it...that's just not that much snow):
Abandoned vehicles litter 166 in Atlanta as of 8:53 AM. pic.twitter.com/UvSxQ2ZfZ6— Anthony Sagliani (@anthonywx) January 29, 2014
Some people decided against, or simply couldn't get in their cars in the first place. These folks were stuck inside a grocery store for the night.
This guy was lucky enough to have (or buy?) a basic sleeping arrangement.
Some people took photos or video from their car. Here is an epic tale told through photos and captions. It's a little like Waiting for Godot.
Here's an excerpt from a 6 hour ride:
Here's a little human kindness amidst the insane gridlock. One woman went out to the stopped cars by her house and handed out snacks.
And finally, one person kept warm with 2012's favorite meme. Presenting the Atlanta traffic jam Harlem Shake: