Incredible Images Of Atlanta Essentially Shutting Down After 2 Inches Of Snow

Thousands of students spent the night at school after a snowstorm closed roads and caused gridlock throughout Georgia.

After snow began to fall around noon, schools and offices shut down and thousands of people hit the roads at the same time, causing intense traffic. Salt and sand trucks could not be deployed because of the gridlock, causing even worse conditions and icy roads. Some apparently left their cars on the interstate to walk home or to nearby shelters.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Wednesday that he’s “not going to play the blame game,” but admits his greatest error in managing the storm response was letting everybody out at the same time, creating gridlock in the city. Reed said at a press conference Wednesday if he had to do it over, he would have let schools go first, then private sector workers, and then government employees, rather than all at once.

AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray
AP Photo/John Bazemore

AP Photo/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray

Police officer Tim Sheffield was responding to an accident Tuesday when he spotted a car on the side of the highway and stopped to check on it, NBC reports. Inside he found a couple with their two daughters.

“I asked the dad, ‘Are you all broke down?’” Sheffield told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday. “He goes, ‘No, we’re having a baby.’”

The birth was completely natural. “It was beautiful,” Sheffield said.

The girl was born at about 5:20 p.m. An ambulance arrived shortly after the birth, and took the family to a hospital.

One bus that picked up 200 students from the Hoover CIty School District was stranded on the interstate, and students were sent to shelters for the night, WVTV reports.

A state of emergency “shelter in place” was issued by the Atlanta school system Tuesday night for all students and staff to stay in schools.

25. A lot of the kids were understandably scared.

At Keheley Elementary School on Kemp Road in east Cobb County, all students have left except for two, whose parents haven’t been able to reach the school, Access Atlanta reports.

Principal Liz Jackson alone stayed behind to care for them.

“We’ve done movies, we’ve done games, we’ve done snacks,” she said. “The cafeteria manager called and told us where to find food.”

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