During Tuesday’s Winter Storm Leon, a 30-minute commute for husband and wife Charlie and Sally Ann Adair turned into a 7.5-hour “angst filled” ordeal.
Sally Ann left her office in Midtown Atlanta at 2 p.m. Charlie left his, in Buckhead, at 1:30 p.m.
He made it home 6.5 hours later — and immediately set out to find his wife.
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He walked two miles toward where she was stuck in her car, and came upon her, just as she managed to drive her car up an ice-covered exit ramp.
“That was really scary — my heart is beating so fast,” she said in a video Charlie posted to YouTube.
The next day, she explained to weather.com a reason for the traffic snarl in her area. “The problem was the hill at the exit ramp was covered in ice, so no one could leave [route] 400 from the exit that I needed to take to get home.” She had to drive with one tire off the road in the snow just to get her car up the icy incline.
After the couple reunited, they pulled off, parked Sally Ann's car at a nearby gym and began the two-mile walk home — a journey that took almost an hour.
“Walking home was really kind of sad because you saw just hundreds of cars, all just packed in there, trying to go up hills or down hills,” she told weather.com. “Look[ed] like a zombie movie without the zombies."
She added that it wasn’t all bad — stranded motorists were getting out of their cars to help one another.
Although Sally Ann and Charlie made it home at nearly 11 p.m., their family members weren’t all as lucky. Charlie’s mother is a teacher, and Sally Ann said Wednesday that she thought she’d have to spend Tuesday night at her school — only to be rescued “really, really late at night.” Sally said she has friends whose children spent the night at their schools.
“It was crazy, it was absolutely crazy,” she said.
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Snow covers the grounds at Talladega Superspeedway Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/David Tulis)