On Tuesday morning while I was in Pilates class, we noticed that it had started snowing hard. The forecast only called for light flurries and maybe a possible dusting for the Birmingham and Central Alabama area. The bulk of the winter weather was supposed to hit Montgomery and farther south to the Gulf of Mexico.
The forecasters were wrong….dead wrong. It was a not so subtle reminder that God is in control, for sure.
I ran home (one minute away) from Pilates and grabbed a light jacket and my purse/cell phone and headed to my daughter's school to check her out. We live on Oak Mountain and these things tend to affect us more because the road over the mountain is treacherous on a sunny day. By the time I left our neighborhood and made it to the top of the mountain, conditions were so hazardous that a truck had jackknifed on the mountain and I had to turn around and go the "back way" down Dunnavant Valley. Then I had to go over the mountain on Highway 280. This delayed me and caused me to get in the gridlock around Birmingham.
I finally made it to Valleydale Road in about four hours (my daughter's school is just off Valleydale), and I hit even more gridlock. Below is a photo of a 24 car pile-up soon after it happened, and as more cars tried to get through Valleydale, folks abandoned their cars, sometimes on the street because many people were running out of gas. There were at least 500 or so cars in this area alone Tuesday night. (The Fox Lake Farm property is visible on the right where my daughter rides.)