Birmingham got it pretty good today, and it was totally unexpected. As of last night and even early this morning, the weather people were saying it would go south of us and hit Montgomery. Nope, Bham got a direct hit.
It's only maybe an inch or two depending on where you are, but there is NO salt in this state, none, because the DOT doesn't buy it. On top of that, people here panic in the snow and are wrecking their cars left and right, or getting stuck because they are driving erratically (flooring gas, slamming brakes). Multiple multi-car wrecks today. On top of that, it never got above freezing today and a lot of what's hitting the roads is getting icy, especially on roads where cars have packed the snow down hard. Roads that haven't been driven on much yet and are just loose snow are not too bad to drive on.
I went into work at 7:00 AM with no snow in sight. It started coming down around 9:00 and didn't let up for hours. By 11:30 the roads were too messed up to drive the company trucks on (2WD Colorados with Yokohama dry highway ONLY tires). We got sent home early today, but by that point the roads were already a total disaster, especially the interstates. Luckily, I don't have to do any interstate driving to get to/from work, so I was able to drive home without too much drama. It got sketchy going up some of the hills with an empty bed and open diff, but I'm home now. A lot of people aren't still...hotels are filling up, and people are abandoning cars and carpooling in the small number of 4WDs with snow-usable tires around here.
Looks like tomorrow will probably be a late start.