Lee and Millie Rogers were at Atlanta’s Ritz-Carlton, where Georgia Trend was holding an awards ceremony, before they left for Marietta at 2 p.m.
He predicted another three hours before they reached their homes.
“I think the snow came in very quickly and more severe than anyone expected, and all of a sudden the entire region got on the roads all at the same time trying to get home, and we can’t handle that kind of volume. Gridlock,” Lee said.
Salt trucks were unable to treat the roads because they were already clogged with traffic.
“Now people are starting to leave them because they’re running out of gas and what not. It’s going to be a long night,” he said.
Lee and county manager David Hankerson were in contact throughout the day.
“Hankerson just told me there is only one school in all of Cobb County high schools that does not have any kids at it still,” Lee said.
Hankerson, public safety director Sam Heaton and Lee will conduct a post evaluation to determine what was done right and what was done wrong during the snow storm.
One thing that wasn’t done, for example, is use the southbound lanes on I-75 for northbound vehicles.
“If we had a major evacuation we would stop people from going into the city and use the southbound lanes to go northbound as well,” he said.
Lee said while residents were calling him to request salt trucks, he hadn’t heard of any fatalities resulting from the storm.
“The good news is that traffic is so jammed up they can’t get going too fast, so there’s a lot fender benders but there’s no injuries,” he said.