The scene was markedly different from the one Jan. 28, when thousands of children were stranded all night in schools by less than 3 inches of snow, and countless drivers abandoned their cars after getting stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic for hours and hours.
However, traffic backed up on highways in Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., and commutes that normally take minutes turned into hours-long ordeals.
Caitlin Palmieri drove two blocks from her job at a bread store in downtown Raleigh before getting stuck. She left her car behind and walked back to work.
“It seemed like every other car was getting stuck, fishtailing, trying to move forward,” she said.
Across the region, those who had power passed the time watching movies or surfing the Internet. Matt Altmix walked his Great Dane, Stella, in Atlanta because “even in the snow, you still have to do your business.”
“I think some folks would even say they were a little trigger-happy to go ahead and cancel schools yesterday, as well as do all the preparation they did,” Altmix said. “But it’s justified.”
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who was widely criticized over his handling of the last storm, sounded an upbeat note this time.
“Thanks to the people of Georgia. You have shown your character,” he said.