Feb 1, 2016
On the Wednesday evening before Snowzilla, a fast-moving clipper came through bringing an inch or less of snow. No big deal, right? Wrong. While authorities knew about this storm a couple days in advance, they chose to do nothing. They did not pre-treat the roads or have salt trucks in place – nothing. The snow arrived just in time for rush hour and promptly froze when it came in contact with the road surfaces.
Cars and trucks came to a spinning, crashing halt. Every incline in the roads became an insurmountable obstacle. Thousands were left stuck in their cars for hour after hour after hour as the evening rush hour merged into the morning rush hour. Many people were calling the decision makers stupid and short-sighted. But they made a conscious decision to not spend the money and hope for the best.
Of course, many also wondered, “if they can’t handle one inch of snow, what are they going to do with two feet of snow?!” Two days later, we found out: disaster!