This winter has been disastrous—if you live in the south and are unaccustomed to snow, ice and temperatures below freezing. The polar vortex has been causing cold fronts that have been much more intense than any in recent years past.
Pax, the most recent winter storm to pass through the east coast and make its way to the southern states, has hit hard. There is less snow in some areas than the last storm, but more ice. The ice has caused plenty of problems, from trees toppling over and knocking out power lines and crashing through houses to roads that can be traveled on by way of ice skating.
The NBA has felt the effects of Pax too.
Early Thursday morning, Charlotte Bobcats big man Cody Zeller tried to catch a flight home, but that plan didn’t turn out so well.
Flight home is canceled?! I feel like I just woke up on Christmas morning and found a note from Santa saying hes gonna be a couple days late
— Cody Zeller (@CodyZeller) February 13, 2014
Teammate Gerald Henderson also commented on the winter conditions in Charlotte.
winter wonderland in Charlotte!! reminds me of Philly winters! roads are terrible. out here with the… http://t.co/GXI7g2ay0X
— Gerald Henderson (@GhJr09) February 13, 2014
Thursday afternoon, Memphis Grizzlies VP of basketball operations John Hollinger was traveling into Atlanta, where he noted the absurd number of travelers trying to leave the city that were waiting at the TSA security checkpoints.
Warning to ATLiens: Longest security lines I’ve ever seen at Hartsfield. (Was exiting, thankfully). If your flight is this century, go now. — John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) February 13, 2014
That’s not a good outlook for Atlanta travelers … unless you have access to a private jet.
Enter Dennis Scott and the TNT NBA crew—heading out from Atlanta to New Orleans to cover All-Star Weekend.
To begin with, Scott was having trouble choosing between two available private jets.
After choosing one, he took the liberty of thoroughly expressing the joy felt by all to be out of the miserable Atlanta weather, writing, “We happy!!!! No more snow…#happy”
The weather forecast for the rest of the weekend: moderately warmer, with highs in the mid-fifties.
Hopefully the warmer temperatures will enable people across the southeast to get their power back on and achieve some level of normalcy.
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