My Scary Snow Storm Story

Well, guys, looks like I am still off schedule here. I’m sure you have heard about the snow and ice disaster we had in Atlanta yesterday. It wasn’t supposed to do much in our area. Ummmm….. 



Believing the weather reports, I took a load of goodies to my booth yesterday morning, about 30 minutes away from my home. By the time I left the shop, the ground was white, slippery, and oh, so unfriendly. I saw three accidents before I had gone a couple of miles.

It took me 3 1/2 hours to get home. I was a nervous wreck, but didn’t have any real problems, since my gas guzzling suv is all wheel drive.

The trouble started a few hours later when Richard got stranded about three miles from home. I took my trusty suv out to pick him up- again no problems, until….

I crested a hill and saw at least twenty cars (and a school bus) stranded or wrecked and scattered across the whole road. We aren’t talking interstate highway- this is a two-lane road. Going downhill on ice is not good. Dodging vehicles on ice is impossible. My vehicle started sliding and I wasn’t able to stop until a stranded car did the honors for me.

There were so many cars still trying to get through that area, no way to turn around, and nowhere to go. Everyone had to stand on the hill in ankle deep snow so as not to get run over by sliding cars. After a couple of hours, my feet were painfully frozen.

Richard had parked his truck at a school about a mile and a half away from where I was now stranded. He caught a ride part of the way on someone’s atv, then walked to where I was waiting. We were planning on walking the mile or so home, but someone on an atv offered us a ride. Thank you, Quentin, whoever you are.

Guys, it was awesome the way so many people were out there helping each other. No one was angry about the accidents. Those with jeeps were pulling cars off the road; those with atv’s were shuttling people home; others were offering their homes to those who were too far away to make it to their own homes.

I am so thankful that God brought Richard and me home safely. Angels on 4-wheelers, who woulda’ thunk it. Smile

I’m hoping we don’t have to wait until spring to get our vehicles back….






  1. Betty Ward says:

    So thankful you all made it home safely and so grateful for angels on 4-wheelers !
    Blessings to both you and Richard.
    And of course your Angel!

  2. So sorry for you…unfortunately for us, up here in the frozen tundra, this is what we deal with every year. Up here they have declared a state of emergency, Indy is out of propane so those that heat with that are not going to have any heat in their homes. This winter has been brutal. Mother Nature must be on a heller this year!

  3. I was just watching about this on the news. I hate it when the roads are ice and you have no choice but to crash and glad you got an ATV ride home. Hope things get better there very soon. We all want and need a warm up.

  4. I’m glad you made it home safely but wow what a nightmare. I hope the cars are back with you soon.

    • We were able to hike out and get my car this afternoon. Richard’s truck is still stranded at the school. The roads were almost completely clear in some areas, but sheets of ice in other areas. No chance of getting his truck safely down those icy hills.

  5. What a terrible experience Sheila! I’m glad you and your husband finally made it home safe and sound!

  6. Glad you are safe, too!

  7. now if the media would just focus on the good samaritins in stead of all the people trying to figure out who is at fault for the chaos! You are right Sheila, we had folks offering homes, food and shuttles everywhere – teachers spending the night at schools with kids who were stranded, teenage boys pushing and digging cars out of the snow… – let’s focus on the goodness that came from the catastrophe. Maybe, just maybe, that was God’s intent?…

  8. I am so glad you finally made it home, Sheila. Again!

  9. I’m so glad you and Richard are alright. Southern are not use to snow or ice. We have to drive in it all winter living in the north.

    Stay safe and warm xo

  10. Linda Hayes says:

    So happy you were delivered from that horrible experience. Thankful that you and Richard are safely home and that you are able to retrieve your vehicles very soon. God always sends someone to help…..on ATV’s no less!
    Awesome 🙂

  11. I held my breath at your post title—so glad it wasn’t all worse than you described, and that you’re both safe! That’s really cool about the ATV’s!
    We’re in the 40 below temps and struggling with thAT danger, so I’m mostly staying put to not get into any trouble.

  12. Carole Henderson says:

    It is scary when you have no control. We had a little snow here too in SC so I know how it is there. Glad to hear you made in home safe!

  13. Sheila, I’m so sorry! This is so scary! I can only imagine how you felt. I’m so glad you and Richard are okay! Sending prayers your way! Also thinking of your Dad too. Take care!

  14. Sheila, so glad you’re OK. It could have ended so much worse. I can remember something similar many years ago. It was in Connecticut and in a blizzard. Unfortunately, I had no one to call. These are events you never forget.
    Happy you are home and safe. My best. Pat.

  15. That is scary, Sheila! Glad you and Richard are okay. This is why I stay in when this kind of weather hits. I have had too many near misses that I realized it was like a message to stay off the road, so I do. Right now the temps are frigid here but the roads are clear. We are due to get some more snow Thurs. night, Friday and then possibly rain on Saturday when it warms up to a whopping 40 degrees. I have to go food shopping and I’m thinking sooner rather than later might be a good idea. Stay warm and safe!

    • I always stay in, too, but this one was so unexpected. Then, when Richard got stranded so nearby, I thought I could make it. I would have been fine if not for the other cars in the way. 🙂 Next time, we’ll have a better plan worked out.

  16. So glad you were not hurt! Hope your feet are feeling better.

  17. Oh my, Shelia – how scary! I’m so thankful that you made it home safely!

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