I don't know if anyone else on the forum is in Atlanta, but I'm sure many have heard about our ice storm yesterday. Long story short, the forecast for the metro area was a "dusting", so no one really worried. About noon yesterday, the snow started coming down pretty heavily and everyone realized we were going to get more than a dusting. It had been nearly 50 degrees the previous day, and was well under freezing yesterday, so the snow was turning into ice almost immediately. There was pretty much a mass exodus as everyone left work, school, etc., which caused severe traffic congestion, which caused the salt and grit trucks not to get to the roads, which made the roads icy, which caused wrecks galore, which caused people to run out of gas and either abandon their cars or spend the night sleeping in them, etc., etc. All hotels were booked, and people had nowhere to go. Home Depot, Walmart, CVS, Kroger, and many other retailers were opening their doors to stranded motorists. Chick-Fil-A was giving out food to people who were cold and walking home. A page called SnowedOutAtlanta was setup on FB where people started posting about being stranded, or worried about family members without phones, and strangers began helping strangers by providing transportation, checking on family members and those who needed medical attention, etc. Many kids got stuck at schools because the buses could not safely get them home. Principals and teachers stayed at school overnight with the kids and had pizza parties, watched movies, and did their best to keep the kids and parents from panicking by making it a “snowcation.” So many people opened their doors to complete strangers to give them a safe, warm place to stay for the night. There are so many photos of people walking home in groups together, sharing food, helping each other push their cars out of ditches, I could go on. I haven't seen a single negative story on the news all day, which is really refreshing. It sucks that something this dramatic has to happen to make people come together, but it really restores my faith in humanity.