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Birmingham,  Ramblings

Alabama’s Snowpocalypse

Just like right about this time last year, Alabama got a little snowfall—about an inch. Maybe two. But unlike last year, the meteorologists got it all wrong. They saw snow in the forecast and said it would only be a dusting. No accumulation folks, carry on with your lives. Then when the storm hit, no one was ready. All of the schools and businesses let out at the exact same time as the snow started to stick and with no sand or salt trucks to be found—creating what news stations named Winter Gridlock 2014, but I call a complete clusterfuck.

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Walking Dead, anyone?

As much as I originally teased about the panic over nothing, the roads really were dangerous. And three days later, still are in spots. I had a few friends total their cars, the hubs was stranded at work, and I had to leave my car at work and run home in the snow. I know—twist my arm, right?

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Open mouth, insert foot.

It’s been a brutal but adventurous few days, and despite all the crappy things that have gone down, it’s been nice to see communities and people come together to help one another. Plus, who doesn’t like a snow day or three? Here are some scenes from Snowpocalypse 2014 through the eyes of the Sylvans:

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It pays to always have running shoes and clothes in your car!
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Not a sight you see often in this neck of the woods
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Just me, the trees, and the snow
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Happy feet
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What do you do when you’re snowed in and home alone? Eat this.
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All 6 portions and 2,000+ calories of this.
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Snowy selfie while bringing food to stranded drivers
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Walking down the middle of an interstate – that’s a first
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Helped defrost my fellow BUTS buddy and news reporter who had been doing live shots of the gridlock for almost 24 hours
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Wait, what state am I in again?
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Found this hottie wandering along the highway, so I decided to bring him home with me
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Day Three – car rescue missions and epic snowball fights overlooking our pretty city
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Because, Frosty.

4 Comments

  • Bre & Ree

    I totally feel you. When unprepared even the smallest storm can wreak terrible havoc. I live in Barbados typically outside the hurricane path, and my first year here there was a tropical storm. Having once lived in the Cayman Islands (a direct hurricane path island), my husband and I thought, it’s only a tropical storm…no big deal, right? Well for this little island it was terrible. Power out for 3 weeks for some, roofs torn off, flooding everywhere…I hope it all clears up soon for you, and if not, I hope you enjoy your snow covered weekend. I love the mini snowmen, btw. Too cute!
    ~Bre

    • Tanya

      Wow Bre, I would have thought that all islands are somewhat used to or at least prepared for big storms to hit! That must have been terrifying – were you guys OK?

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