First, we don't do snow here. Snow is basically a foreign thing for us that we only have to encounter once a year (if that) and in very small droves. Since we don't do snow, we don't have snow equipment here. Ever since our claim to fame here in Atlanta, snow percautions have been quite different. With a Winter Storm Helena closing in on Georgia, it was apparent that we were about to get another dose of winter weather here.
I was supposed to head about two hours south to Columbus, GA to run the Red Nose Half after work on Friday. Well, all day on Friday Columbus was getting steady rain all day then dropping temps into the 20s overnight. Rain on the ground with below freezing temps was not going to be a good mix by the sounds of it. Meanwhile, back home we were anticipated to get ice followed by 2-4" of snow over night on Friday. Things just weren't looking good and the thought of driving home 2+ hours after the race on Saturday on roads with ice just didn't sound practical. We were under a state of emergency and the govenor was pleading for metro Atlanta to stay of the roads unless absolutely neccessary. Was this race "neccessary"? No. I made the decision to pass on the half marathon and hunker down at home for #SnowPalooza2017.
The small town that I live in in Northwest Georiga was one of the hardest hit cities in the area. We started off with a good bit of sleet that covered the roads and driveway pretty quickly on Friday night. Shortly after the snow started and we wound up with about 2" of accumulation by morning (yes, that is a big deal here).