Atlantans, Get out your sleds!January 10, 2011 - 1:24 PM | by: Elizabeth Prann
It doesn’t snow like this in Atlanta, often.
“I’m used to ice storms, this snow is pretty new,” said Ace Hardware employee, Shirley McGee.
McGee has been working at Bates Ace Hardware in Atlanta for more than a year and half and she has never seen snow, or sledding before.
“Our sleds sold out so quickly. Some people were calling in and willing to pay for [the sleds] over the phone so they would get them,” she said.
Her manager, Albert Jackson, says he was wishes he had more shipments of the seasonal item but he sold out of more than 200 on Friday.
Some residents were turned away, such as Todd Massar.
“I was in there yesterday and happened to notice they were out,” Massar said.
Massar talked to FOX News as he was sledding with his wife and two kids on 14th Street, a normally busy city thoroughfare. His son was sledding on a trash can top.
“Usually it’s a lot of traffic, up and down the street, lots of trucks, 18-wheelers,” he said.
The snow began falling Sunday evening. Atlanta was blanketed with 3.7 inches before midnight, breaking a historic record. It continued to snow, sleet and rain through the night.
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue issued a state of emergency during his final hours of office on Sunday. The governors of Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee also declared emergencies for their states. Schools, government buildings and thousands of businesses across the Southeast are still closed.
The biggest challenge with the storm is travel. Thousands of flights have been canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. AirTrain Airways announced it is not flying in and out of Atlanta Monday.
Delta Air Lines is only flying sparingly. Airport terminals look like they did during the last major snowstorm in late December. Passengers are forced to sleep on the floor in makeshift sleeping bags because so many hotels are full.