Snow day: Great big fun or great big pain?

The snow showed up as predicted. The kids are out of school. So is it the greatest, most fun thing in the world or a big pain in your bootie? Does your boss expect you to try to make it to work? (One friend posted that her company says the office is ALWAYS open and they should try to make it in when safe.)

(We had a similar discussion last year on Jan. 7. Atlanta has had a lot of snow in recent years — what’s up with that?)

Is it too icy to be fun or does that make the sledding all the better? (One friend reported a neighbor pulling their sled with his golf cart or lawn mower – can’t remember which — last night. Other friends posted shots of kids already playing in the snow.)

All my teacher friends on Facebook were thrilled to be out and also happy that Gwinnett County went ahead and announced it last night instead of making them wake up early! Now they get to sleep in.

So how do you vote: Great day or just a pain?

Also a side question: Are you dripping water from your faucets with all the cold weather? We are dripping both inside and out but I’m afraid to see my water bill! My godmother up north says they don’t do it. Are their pipes more weather resistant?

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January 10th, 2011
1:56 am

It is always a great day to be alive! Enjoy the weather and have fun with the kids if you can. It is still a rare thing in Atlanta. My youngest is almost 17 now so it is easy for me to say this but I remember years ago when it was a little harder. I have been in a one if those jobs where I was considered essential personnel and it makes things tough if the other parent can’t stay home.

I don’t drip the faucets until it gets down to single digits. If your pipes are not on exterior walls you shouldn’t have a problem. A big problem as well are exterior drains for things like humidifiers and high efficiency furnaces. I’ve had those drains freeze twice and the first time it ran down the walls from the attic (slab house and furnace is in the attic) and ruined 2 rooms of hardwood floors. Last time it was after the new furnace installation and the installers didn’t think about the condensate from the furnace. I caught it before it ruined the floor but I had to cut open the sheetrock to dry things out before I had a problem.

Enjoy your day! For all the little headaches, it is time with your kids and family that rarely happens around here and should be a day of joy and happiness!

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January 10th, 2011
6:28 am

I’m going to enjoy this day with my 8 yr old daughter, screw work, that’s why I have PTO days! I have 5 inches, and possibly more, here at my home in Buford Ga.

On the Bright Side of a Snow Day...

January 10th, 2011
6:54 am

At least we don’t have to drive behind any brain-dead, undereducated, cell-phone-yacking minivan drivers today.

Those people should be removed from the gene pool.

(Yes, that includes YOU, too.)


January 10th, 2011
7:02 am

Id be happy to never see this kind of weather again, but the excitement our daughter has for the snow and being “stranded in the house” is really contagious. It’s great family time.


January 10th, 2011
7:03 am

AND–no one should have to take PTO for a day like this. Unless you are a public servent in a needed field today…no reason to be on the road.


January 10th, 2011
7:05 am

The news continues to state – stay off the roads; the roads are dangerous and so forth and so on AND the Governor declares “State of Emergency” BUT All State Government Offices are officially open! Go figure and why? This is crazy. Governors Perdue and Deal – why?


January 10th, 2011
7:07 am

The good news is that my husband can work from home anytime. The bad news is that he can work from home anytime!! I’m afraid this will be a work day for him :(


January 10th, 2011
7:19 am

(I’m the “original Fred”),

Theresa vis-a-vis your pipes: If they were installed correctly then you have no worries. They are SUPPOSED to be buried below the frost line. But you live in Gwinnett County do you not? After nearly 20 years of building up there I can almost guarantee that the scumbag who built your house did not ensure that they were. The only builders there that get inspected are the ones who don’t pay off the County Commissioners. You probably also have a roof with no felt paper and one nail per shingle as well and cracks in your foundation and driveway from “normal settling.” (”Normal Settling is the term these twits use for their lack of proper soil compaction and should actually by referred to as shoddy building). These are the same good old buddies of your rock solid County Commissioners who got approval to build sub-divisions in the flood planes on Five Forks Trickum near Killian Hill. I think you probably ought to play it on the safe side and leave a drip. I didn’t when I lived up there, but I knew who built my house :) and how deep my utilities were buried.

As to the snow play? I love snow………….. on the TV, but only for about 5 minutes in person. I haven’t had much success conveying that to my 8 year old daughter. Nor does she put much stock in the “daddy is too fat and old to have a snow ball fight and make snowmen” argument. I see a long, cold day of pain a head of me…………………. but I reckon I’ll forget about all that when I’m looking at the cute pictures this summer. Look at the bright side. They WILL sleep well tonight after a full day of snow play.


January 10th, 2011
7:30 am

“Atlanta has had a lot of snow in recent years — what’s up with that?” It’s called climate change, and it’s real and only going to get more severe.


January 10th, 2011
7:34 am

SO much fun and so exciting! Our neighbors left a toboggan with a steering wheel on it on our porch for the boys to play with today. There are some AWESOME hills in Grant Park and we can’t wait! Puzzles by the fire, hot chocolate, pancake breakfast and an extra day to hang out – what’s not to love? We’ll be spending as much time as possible building a snowman “as tall as you are mommy.”

FYI -1/7 is my birthday, and it was icing when I was born here. I’ve had quite a number of sleety, snowy and icy birthdays and birthday weekends -we get hit a lot in Atlanta during this time of the year.


January 10th, 2011
7:36 am

I hate this weather, however I am going to make the best of it and stay inside today.

Dave The Insured

January 10th, 2011
7:36 am

The sooner everyone gets out and drives in the ice and snow, the sooner the roads will be clear. So, everyone should go to work today. And if you don’t have to go in – go anyway. Or go out for breakfast, shopping, whatever. After all, this is Atlanta and therefore makes perfectly good sense doesn’t it?


January 10th, 2011
7:49 am

No biggie to me. I grew up in Chicago and shoveled my share of snow…we lived on a corner lot.
We do not own a shovel here…we will just ride it out…will that be Friday?

Our kids are both and college and I doubt the dog wants to build a snow man…LOL.

We both grew up in snowy places but we both stay home when it snows here. Yes, this is a LOT of snow for us. My main issue is trying to reschedule the schools I will miss today and perhaps tomorrow as this month is usually wall to wall for shows. So, I will most likely lose several hundred dollars but we will be safe and warm so I am not complaining.

Re: the pipes…I always drip ours when it is below 20. I do not worry about the cost of the water as the cost of the broke pipes and the hassle is much worse…been there done that years ago. My BIL, from the midwest, was sharing with me how southerners probably have water lines installed in places where they could freeze ( hint stupid). I read somewhere last week that someone in Bangor Maine had water lines that froze. Maybe a southerner built that house too? Or they ordered it from say Southern Living :0.

JATL Happy Belated Birthday!


January 10th, 2011
7:50 am

So is it safe to assume I don’t have to go to work due to the state of emergency?

mom of 3

January 10th, 2011
7:50 am

Snowmen, walks thru the woods, beautiful snow covered pictures….love today


January 10th, 2011
7:59 am

royal PITA. give 98* and high humidity any time over this stuff.

Plus, I don’t have to listen to folks try and explain how easy it is to drive on a solid sheet of ice “up north”.


January 10th, 2011
8:08 am

There might have been a day when I would have said “more a pain than a gain” – but as a school head it meant all sorts of issues on top of the norm that I didn’t enjoy having to face. Now at age 69 and retired I’m only sorry that I didn’t take more time to smell the roses. With no school on days like this, though, I just accidently fell into being able to sled and all that stuff with my kids. So I didn’t miss it and realize how lucky I was. Wish my grandchildren lived close enough to enjoy the same with them. Anyone not having to is nuts to go out today. And if not for the safety reasons, for the reason of missing a great fun family opportunity.


January 10th, 2011
8:13 am

It’s not as much of a pain now that I no longer work in private industry. In the past, schools would close but my employer would be open so I would have to take kids to childcare and drive in anyway. DH was supposed to fly out this morning; flight canceled. He may get out tomorrow but most likely on Wednesday. We just spent Christmas stranded in no. GA. I will gladly be stuck in my own home. As for dripping pipes, we do that when the temps hit the teens. Growing up in the midwest, you didn’t do that but I remember my dad plugging in the car battery to another charger keeping it warm before we had a garage. Here, home construction is “different” no felt on the roof, thin windows, it makes things trickier. Stay off the roads today and keep warm everyone


January 10th, 2011
8:22 am

@MJG-card is still sitting on my counter-waiting for me to be able to get back home…:)
@jatl-happy birthday
well..where i work a snow warning that closes schools is oficially an excused absence. doesnt make them like it any better when you call in. no job is worth wrecking my car or getting hurt–or making some poor rescue person have to rescue me for being stupid. if you dont have a job that is a life saving to others job stay the heck home!
as for the pipes-if we have below freezing or close to that for more than 2 days i leave it dripping…id rather do that than pay for busted pipes and someome to fix them…been there done that. i would advise anyone to do the same. if it warms up to the high 30’s or more in the day usually its ok not to. my opinion is why take the chance.
i am going to have to brave this 7 inches and go get my camera out of the car-in all the unpacking last night i left it in there and didnt realize till i woke up and wanted to take a pic :(
at my house-we already had 7-9 inches…so now we have probably about the same on top of that. im waiting to see pics of igloos being built up there! im sure some of those kids will do that. and the icy mix will make it easier.
i remember when i was younger it snowed more often. and when i first move up here to the mountains we have snows like this every winter. it was just normal. since the blizzard its been a lot less but the last couple of years its getting back to that. i think it is just the way weather patterns work. goes around and comes around. everyone try to enjoy it….even if you hate (as i do) the pics of you and your kids playing in it will bring smiles for years!!


January 10th, 2011
8:26 am

@ curious, not sure if you have to go but I would not get out in it. We have 7 measured inches on our back deck. My husband just put out some bird seed and the squirrels will show up for that too!


January 10th, 2011
8:28 am

Ugh! Total Pain!!!!!!!!!!
I’m at work right now. It is awful. 12 hour shifts. Boo.
If I was at home playing with the boys it would be a lot better.
My husband got the day off.
You guys have a good time and be safe!


January 10th, 2011
8:31 am

I’m expected to go in. Lockheed never closes. So this is a PITA. I might say bump it and stay my happy butt in my warm house. I don’t have a garage so my car is completely covered and I’ll have to dig it out…some kind of way. :-( (Yeah, I’m grouchy this morning! LOL)


January 10th, 2011
8:31 am

I just had to log-on the the AJC this morning when I heard on the radio that y’all had snow. I moved to DeKalb County in 1969 and left in 1972. During the winter of 69-70 it came a snowfall that accumlated about 2-3 inches. Not knowing any better, I got up and went into my office. A girl who had recently moved from Conn and I were the only two to show up. The 3rd shift in our nearby factory were all still there, afraid to try to drive. That snow pretty much shut down Atlanta that morning. The sun was out by noon and most of the snow was gone by day’s end. Sometime after that we had an ice storm that “really” shut the city down. The power was off to most of the area. Fortunately, at my home it was off for “only” 8 hours. Some of the rural areas were without power was lost for a month. I lost 3 pine trees. So, as you try to get around today, remember you are in my thoughts as I zoom around Kentucky on bare roads. Jim Allen, former Purchasing Agent for Kearney-National.

Billy Ray Bob

January 10th, 2011
8:33 am

I have four wheel drive. I can drive in anything. Here, hold my beer and watch this …


January 10th, 2011
8:36 am

I moved here from Cali two years ago. I had actually never lived somewhere with snow before, so it’s nice to see. I don’t have kids, but they did close my work. So, I just plan on working remotely and taking some pictures outside as well.

Bluebell Jones

January 10th, 2011
8:38 am

SNOW!!!!! I may exhibit a sort of snooty, grumpy ennui most of the time but not with SNOW!!!!
It’s snowing, it’;s snowing it’s snowing!!!!!
I am a fool for SNOW!!! I love to walk in it, watch the dogs play in it, see kids sled on it-it’s pure joy for me.
I’m going to cook a duck, make mashed potatoes and feed people!
And start a fire.
Snow makes me very happy.
Also, driving in it isn’t that hard-just make sure you have enough speed to not have to accelerate at the crest of that hill. Never stop at stop signs and move kinda slow. Aren’t you glad you aren’t driving near me?


January 10th, 2011
8:39 am

If you have to get out in this crap, this is a major pain. Otherwise, stay home, lay in bed, have a nice breakfast. . . . kinda fun.


January 10th, 2011
8:42 am

@ Sarah, yes it is beautiful! If we had it all winter and if it was so cold that it never had a chance to melt and turned into piles of frozen dirty snow…not so much. Those who laugh at us from the North, have a long winter of it. We just have it for a few days. Let’s just be happy it will be 50 degrees again in perhaps a few weeks! I love the fact that we do get a taste of all seasons here in Atlanta and that we can get to the mountains or the beach in 4-6 hours. Now the traffic on the interstate at rush hour, that is the one thing I do not like.

98 and high humidity….YUCK…not me! I will take a few snows days over that!


January 10th, 2011
9:07 am

LOVE THE SNOW… I am from CT and I miss this weather but not the dirty gross snow that MJG Mentioned… and I would take this over 98 and humid any day of the week and 2x on Sunday. I am a winter girl… You can take the girl out of the north but not the north out of the girl. :D Happy day to all!!!!


January 10th, 2011
9:11 am

I live in Candler Park. The snow started around 8pm last night and we watched from inside. Around 11pm we (me, my husband, and 9 year old son) grabbed our ski gear and our skimmer (those flat boards you ride in the surf at the beach) and headed to the slopes of the Candler Park golf course (just a half mile walk from our house) to go sledding. And we weren’t alone! There was a big crowd, including a snowboarder! We didn’t come home until after midnight! Then we had hot chocolate!


Of course, work and school was closed so it was an easy decision to stay out late.

Dixie Born, Dixie Bred

January 10th, 2011
9:19 am

I love snow, as long as I can see it from inside my house with power and food, with loved ones and animals by my side.


January 10th, 2011
9:29 am

Also, yesterday I put out a bunch of suet and seed for the birds so the cardinals and such are all over my yard right now!


January 10th, 2011
9:33 am

It’s pretty but I’m feeling real stupid for not getting a shovel… Hey, the dogs Love it and that’s enough for now; that and hot cocoa.


January 10th, 2011
9:33 am

Amen and amen. I called to check on momma this morning to make sure she still had power and had enough food. She said yes, now I’m fine with the snow.


January 10th, 2011
9:35 am

The initial word I got is that we were open, but the head of our agency got word out that we are closed. We have teleworking capabilties, so having my butt in a seat Downtown serves no purpose, and I’ll work in my robe.

Being a Southern boy, I much prefer 98 degrees! :D

atlanta mom

January 10th, 2011
10:00 am

I have three in college now, and snow days are not half as much fun as they were when the kids were home.


January 10th, 2011
10:00 am

Pain for me because I’m not there to enjoy it :( It’s the same/similar weather system that moved through where I live last night but left us high and dry, but gave ya’ll snow (ie: we want snow days as well).

I’ve been receiving pictures from friends and family for the last few hours, and I’m definitely jealous! Everyone who can enjoy it do so!


January 10th, 2011
10:07 am

Yay! Snow! My inner child rejoices at the fluffy, white cold spread forth across my lawn. My outer adult is also pretty amazed as I missed the ‘93 version (was in s ga in school). Our office is open and the word yesterday was that we were having a regular day today. Fortunately, I can remote in to address anything as needed and we have power so I can continue to remote support the folks that did make it in. As I am a MARTA user, I’m glad I didn’t trek out at 5 am (usual time) to wait for the bus based on the website info at that time (all normal!). Stay warm, stay safe.

Bluebell Jones

January 10th, 2011
10:15 am

I just tried to drive in it, for fun. I had to back up a hill three times before I could crest the other side, then had to stop when someone came up the hill. Never stop, right? Couldn’t make the turn so I came back. I love to drive in snow but my first rule is to have a full tank of gas and I don’t so I gave up. It’s pretty nasty stuff, too-there is a fine patina of ice on top of the snow that prevents your tires from getting any purchase. I just saw a full grown man sledding down our hill. I love snow.


January 10th, 2011
10:22 am

I live downtown and walk to work. Didn’t really have an excuse not to come in. Now I’m the only person in the office. No snow day for me.


January 10th, 2011
10:25 am

If any of you watched 11Alive this morning you would have gotten a kick out of Bill List and his advice to people and their jobs durning this “Winter Storm 2011″. He kept streesing that if you work for a private employer, they could fire you if you didn’t show up for work.


January 10th, 2011
10:32 am

We’ve had a lot more snow in recent years because of Global Warming. Didn’t you know that?


January 10th, 2011
10:33 am

It’s fun! My office is closed today! I wish I could get in my car and go places, but I don’t mind hanging out at home.

Rectal Bleeding

January 10th, 2011
10:39 am

Big pain. Big pain in the….Well you get it.

snow angel

January 10th, 2011
10:42 am

In Atlanta, it is a huge pain !! Think of all the workers who have to clear the snow on the roads. Would you like to do that ? There are so many workers who dread the snow. It makes their lives miserable.
Many people HAVE to work overtime due to the snow ? How about all those self employed people who can not work but need the money especially during these times ? I hope all of you people, who LOVES the snow, take a moment, to ponder on these.


January 10th, 2011
10:47 am

I have thought about all those people who have to work overtime or plow the roads… They are making good money.. and the emergency workers would not have to put their lives at risk if people would listen and JUST STAY Home… Is it that hard for one day???? Just stay put. All these non emergency businesses that stayed open, well I guess profit is more important than a person…


January 10th, 2011
10:49 am

It could be much worse. You could be experiencing the winter they’re having in Minnesota this year. I moved to Alpharetta from the Twin Cities about two years ago for a job promotion. I’ll gladly take one or two snow events in a season versus the 45 inches (annual amount) that the Twin Cities has had to date. At least this snow will be gone in a couple days. If you were in Minnesota, you would be looking at high temps in the sigle digits to low 20’s and the snow would be hanging around until mid-March. Stay safe.


January 10th, 2011
10:57 am

@JATL – Happy belated Birthday!

@mom2alex&max – I, too, have the joy of working from home. Since DD is out of school today, I’d much rather not have the ‘joy’, but I’ll be working and in meetings most of the afternoon. Boo!

The hubs just took out the SUV (not too start something, but I don’t believe I’ve seen a minivan with 4WD – lol) to buy a snow shovel. I think he actually WANTS to shovel the driveway! He’s a displaced Yankee, so I’ll let him have his fun. I knew he’d be itching to get out and drive in the snow – as long as he doesn’t wreck my truck, no problem.

One tidbit for those with exterior faucets – there is often an interior shut off. It’s too late to mess with it today, but the best thing to do is turn off the interior shut off valve, then open the faucet until it runs dry. No freezing, and no dripping! If you don’t have (or can’t find) an interior shut off valve, you can wrap the faucet really tightly – some people use newspaper or bubblewrap on the inside and an old towel outside. We use both methods at our house on different faucets, and haven’t had any issues since.

Mrs. G

January 10th, 2011
11:05 am

I’m sitting here green with envy… I live in upstate NY and we’ve yet to have that kind of weather this year! Our area seems to repel snowstorms or something. Which is just wrong…this is upstate NY!!! True, we have a little bit of snow on the ground, but nothing like the town where my husband grew up (about an hour west of where we live) or Syracuse or even Albany. Hubbs’ school hasn’t had one snow day (and the surrounding schools and schools where our friends teach in other parts of the state have had more than one). I would be so excited about a big storm that would keep us home together for a day! Oh well, I’ll keep wishing…