Although the schools remained closed, businesses began opening. I had to report to work. The roads through Washington County were clear, with most of the ice being pushed off the road by road graters or sanded down. As I came into Mobile County, however, I found they had not cleared the roads as well. Although there were two south-bound lanes, the passing lane was icy and everyone was forced to drive in one lane like a row of ducks. The worst ice problems were the bridges. Mobile County had not removed any of the ice and every time I made it over one, I let out a yelp of joy. After barely making it over the last bridge on the interstate without being rear-ended, I relaxed only to realize that my last few miles would be on a raised interstate. Why hadn't I thought of that before? Surely, the County put all of its efforts into clearing that road -- not! This three- to four-lane roadway was solid ice. Everyone was forced to drive very slowly in one lane (if you would call it that, because you couldn't see any road markings). That didn't keep cars from wrecking. One such accident happened just beyond this truck in front of me as they were making the turn.
I know some of my northern friends don't understand how a little ice and snow could bring the South to a standstill, but we don't have salt trucks, snow trucks, or even snow shovels. The asphalt on our roadways is mixed to sustain hot summers, not cold winters. It was very cold in the 1980s and I remember fountains freezing, but I don't remember the cold coming in with ice and sleet and bringing everything to a standstill.
From 2014 Project 365