We left Savannah about 1000 yesterday (unfortunately, we had to work today, and most of this week), and it was still just raining, with said precipitation having started the night before… However, by the time we crossed the I-95 corridor, it was snowing – yes, snowing, in the Deep South of Georgia – and when we stopped in Ellabelle for gas at about 1100, my sister-in-law reported that Savannah was finally receiving snow. Snow. In Savannah, GA. Granted, none of it was sticking… but still… snow.
We drove in active snowfall for over half of our trip home, and the worst area was probably around Dalton, with about 2-3 inches on the ground… Thankfully, the roads remained clear, and traffic was still moving. Atlanta received its first white Christmas since 1882ish, and apparently various other cities across the Deep South had snowfall on that day in the first time since ever. This morning, all three airports in the NYC area were shut down, as were a smattering of airports across Europe, as well as most of the cities around the Chesapeake Bay area.
I blame global warming. On the other hand, Knoxville got a dusting, if that. *sigh* Stupid weather.
However, a few notes for Georgia drivers, and one for drivers in general:
1. I know the signs on the side of the road say “LIGHTS ON WHEN RAINING”, and I know snow is not exactly a common event in southern Georgia, but it sure as hell helps to have your gorramed lights on when it is snowing hard enough to appreciably reduce visibility.
2. I have said it before, and I will say it again – sweep the gorramed snow off your gorramed car. We were two lanes over and at least five car-lengths behind a panel van when a sheet of ice separated from its roof and made a bee-line for our windshield – I slammed on the brakes and it shattered harmlessly on the highway right in front of us, but I would not want to op-test what frozen plates of snow do to a car windshield at highway speeds. The short and the simple is that if anything other than liquid water is falling off your car, YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG.
3. If you are so tired that you cannot keep your gorramed vehicle in your own gorramed lane, GET OFF THE ROAD. We just about had a Ranger climb into the passenger seat with Better Half, and it was only through nearly running off the road and generous applications of my horn that we were able to avoid it… No blinker, and no cellphone in the driver’s hand, but she was holding a cup of coffee. *sigh*
Despite all of this, though, Better Half made it back home unscathed… though I cannot say the same concerning my ear drums after Christmas with a one- and three-year-old…