To be fair, Roker's glib assessment doesn't appreciate the reality of the situation: the forecast was expanded and updated at the last minute. Previous warnings hadn't included a general city-wide alert. The results show, clearly, that the snow storm was unexpected in its scope and severity.
The full damage tally isn't likely to be known for days yet, but already more than 900 car crashes have sidelined motorists. The slippery conditions have even forced some commuters to sleep in their cars overnight, gridlocked on frozen highways and surface streets after failed 12-hour commutes. One college student even took a wicked knee shot from Jim Cantore.
Looking at aerial shots of Atlanta now almost looks like a winter scene from The Walking Dead, with cars, trucks, buses all stopped in place, some nosed into snowbanks, others smashed into each other.
Atlanta snow brings traffic to Walking Dead-like halt. Image via @WCL_Shawn on TwitterEnlarge Photo
Road Atlanta in the snow, via Rebellion Racing @RebellionRacing on TwitterEnlarge Photo
Atlanta's mayor warns that the situation remains dangerous. If you're in Atlanta today, stay home unless it's a true emergency, or your short little trip may turn into one.
UPDATE: As of Thursday morning, Atlanta mayor Reed is informing drivers who abandoned cars that their vehicles may be picked up from central towing locations after 10 a.m.