Emergency declared in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia

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  • Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee declare states of emergency
  • Tennessee officials report 30 weather-related deaths in past week

Beau better get his eyes checked, because this doesn’t look much like spring. It looks like a major mess.

On Wednesday, another storm system will race across parts of the South. That’s the fourth storm system in the last two weeks, and folks are getting mighty sick of it.

The general is now vermin non grata.

“Gen. Beauregard Lee is full of it,” tweeted Robert Wilson. “Should issue a warrant for his arrest for false statements.”

Never again

Of course, a Southerner’s definition of a winter storm is a bit different than their Northern cousins.

What might pass for a light dusting in Minneapolis or Boston can paralyze a city like Atlanta. Just over a year ago, a few inches of snow and an ill-prepared Department of Transportation left the city in gridlock.

State and local officials were heavily criticized for their response to the January 2014 storm that left a traffic nightmare and motorists stranded.

Never again, officials vowed. And they’re leaving nothing to chance.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal ordered state government offices in 50 northern counties closed on Wednesday and declared a state of emergency for disaster preparedness, starting at noon.

The governors of Alabama and Tennessee — which reported 30 weather-related deaths in the past nine days — also declared states of emergency. And North Carolina is prepared to do the same.

On Wednesday, 11 states are in the cross hairs of snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain.

Schools are shut down, bread aisles are bare.

A matter of perspective

Still, folks to the north find plenty of humor in the South’s predicament.

“In Wisconsin, we call this “Wednesday,” joked Craig Koplien.

Maybe when all is said and done, it’s the groundhog that gets the last laugh. Did anyone bother to confirm its weather prognosticating skills?

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