Once you've experienced a near 24 hours of gridlock caused by poor planning and a mere 2 inches of snow, you learn to take the weather seriously.
Because there was no way they were going to let this happen again, officials at the Georgia Department of Transportation say they may have overreacted, just a little bit, when they posted "winter storm" warnings on large message boards throughout the Atlanta interstate late Wednesday and early Thursday. The forecast that prompted the warnings? "Light snow, possibly mixing with rain."
After the National Weather Service informed them that they definitely never said a winter storm was coming, GDOT toned down the messages and issued an apology:
"In our desire to proactively inform the traveling public of potential hazardous road conditions, we overreacted to a weather statement from the National Weather Service. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused."
Looking ahead, Atlanta has a chance of getting hit with "sprinkles and flurries" Saturday night. We can assume that preparations are already underway.