Alabama is Closed – Snowpacolypse 2014



I am posting from my cell phone this morning so please excuse any weirdness or wonky placing.

Yesterday morning it started snowing. A rarity in Alabama, but not unheard of. It was pretty at first. The two pictures above were taken behind my office and on the walk to Jimmy Johns for lunch.

We were told we could work from home around 11:00 am. Awesome, I said to myself. Chris and my sister in law had attempted to leave work and were both unable to get anywhere and had to go back to their offices. Damn ice and people everywhere!

My brother in law and his co worker happened to be downtown for work and were nice enough to come get everyone from their prospective offices. It took them 3 hours to get from my sister in laws to Chris’s office to my office, all within a 2 mile radius.

Once they picked me up, we started taking 1st Ave to route ourselves around where we knew most of the traffic issues were. We then were able to get on I-59. At this point, we heard that all the roads leading to our house were closed, our destination became my sister in laws house.

We arrived at their neighborhood entrance several hours later and gladly left the car there and proceeded to walk the rest of the way to their house, as there is a very steep hill.



Honestly, I am just glad to be somewhere safe and warm with food and water. There are so many people stranded and having to sleep in their cars over night. There were so many accidents and people who were hurt from the weather.

Today they are attempting to get my nephew from his day care. So many kids had to spend the night at their respective schools because of this.

My poor dogs are at home in their crates. No food. No water. 🙁 I don’t know when we will be able to get to them.

The weather was predicted to be “a light dusting with no travel issues.” Well, we measured 3 inches at my office yesterday. It might not sound like much, but the south IS NOT prepared to handle this kind of weather. No plow trucks, so salt or sand trucks. Nothing. And no one can really drive on ice safely regardless. So before people start making fun of the situation because they don’t understand, realize this shit is serious. Snow and ice down south is no joke.

My thoughts are with everyone who is still stranded. I just can’t imagine. I am thankful I didn’t have to sleep in a car or at my office last night like so many people did.


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  • Reply kathy @ vodka and soda January 29, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    sigh. i wish our winters were like yours.

    i am so tired of this weather! it’s been -20/-30 here for so long!
    Vodka and Soda

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph January 29, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    How awful, I’d be so upset and your poor nephew and dogs.

    My coworker’s wife has been stranded at a Waffle House in Atlanta since yesterday.

  • Reply Brooks @ The Handey Way January 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I don’t think a lot of people who aren’t in the south realize the true measure of this winter mess. I know the north is prepared for weather 1000x worse than this, but the south just isn’t. We can handle high heat no problem, just like the north can’t.

    My thoughts and prayers are with y’all over there!

  • Reply Stephanie January 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    It’s crazy how unprepared the south is for stuff like this. In Chicago that weather is like, ‘hey it’s Tuesday. Welcome to work.’ But our plows are out before the snow even touches the ground, we’re so ready for it.

  • Reply chelsea January 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Stay warm!

  • Reply Kelli January 29, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I don’t have any idea why they would predict a light dusting, even on my local news Monday they were saying the deep south was going to get hit hard.

    I’m actually shocked at all the people stranded across Alabama and Georgia. I laughed because here in SC they cancelled school for Tuesday and Wednesday on Monday afternoon, now I’m thankful they did that!

    I hope your poor pups are okay. 🙁

  • Reply Lauren January 29, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I hate to hear this! I hope by now you have gotten to your dogs and your nephew is safely at home! My SIL in Atlanta was telling me about their craziness, too. We just can’t handle it here. Glad you were saved by your family and not stuck at work or in the car!

  • Reply Amber January 30, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Yikes. I’m glad you found someplace safe. I keep hearing on the news about the stranded people. That would just be horrible.

  • Reply Duckie January 30, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Wow, that’s crazy! I can’t imagine what it must be like to not be able to go home from work because of the road closures!

    ♥ Duckie.

  • Reply Amanda January 30, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Driving on a 1/2 inch of snow alone can be dangerous… ESP without salt trucks! I live in MI so I’m used to it now… but it still freaks me out. I hate when you see people zipping by b/c they have four wheel drive… that’s not gonna do much for you if you start sliding all over the place you jerk!

  • Reply Jessica S. January 30, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    wow it is just so hard to comprehend this!!! I feel awful for everyone down there. Your poor pups!! Glad you were safe.

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