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Snow And Ice Storm Hits Huntsville AL

Snow And Ice Storm Hits Huntsville AL

Huntsville, Alabama was hit with a little snow and an ice storm on Friday that pretty much brought the city and most of Northern Alabama to a stand still. Streets in entire towns and counties were proclaimed impassable. In fact I didn't heed the warning and couldn't get out of the Village of Providence Friday night, the roads were terrible...cars couldn't climb very small inclines without tires spinning...cars going nowhere, except where you didn't want them to go like sliding sideways off the side of the road.

So, I made the best of it by working a little more at the office, then going to Grille 29 for dinner and booking a room at the Spring Hill Suites in Providence...all three places within walking or skating distance!

The photo below is outside of Grille 29. It doesn't look like much, but trust me...it was all a sheet of ice.

Village of Providence Grille 29 Ice

The Aftermath

When I got back to the office this morning this is what was left of our snow/ice storm that shut down Huntsville, Alabama!

Village of Providence Snow

 

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Comment balloon 51 commentsNick T Pappas • February 21 2015 01:55PM

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Hello Nick, you have an experience with snow when you lived in Chicago, hope everything is okay with you. 

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 2 years ago

And to think bass fishing season is just around the corner!

Posted by John Helmick, Realtor Personal Growth/Success Coach (John Helmick Success & Ohio Property Inspection Services) over 2 years ago

Nick T Pappas ...I love the photo ....We have a lot of snow right now ....Spring will be here soon!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 2 years ago

Nick, I can see from your picture that the street in front of the restaurant is a sheet of ice!  Wise decision on your part to work, eat, and spend the night all within a block of one another. 

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) over 2 years ago

We're getting more than I thought we would here in Northern VA.  It's the ice I don't like.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 2 years ago

Doesn't look like a very long wait for a table at all.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 2 years ago

There is an irony at play here.  This is truly the effects of Global Warming, as the polar chills are moving further south while reducing the caps.  It ends up with higher water levels in the central part of the earth

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 2 years ago

Nick, you all are a bit like the people in DC.  We do get some snow, but not enough to really know how to handle it.  We got another few inches today, but it's supposed to warm up tomorrow. 

You did the smart thing.  Lucky there was room at the inn!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.) over 2 years ago

Hi Nick T Pappas.  Isn't it amazing how a few hours can make all the difference.

Posted by Linda Blumenthal, CBR - Certified Buyers Representative (Corcoran - Sales Agent - 631-466-4087) over 2 years ago

Nick it must have brought back memories of home in Chicago.  If you want more snow I will try to arrange to send you some of ours :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

Your before and after pictures made me laugh. I'm glad you are back to normal, Nick. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 2 years ago

Hello Nick,

Smart move to ride out the bad roads...glad to hear (and see) that the snow was short lived!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team) over 2 years ago

You are a smart man Nick!  It is best to wait a while and stay safe rather than fight nature and endanger yourself and others on the road.

Great picture of Grille 29.

 

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) over 2 years ago

Nick, I am still smiling at your photo of the leftover snow, as I think of everyone in the Northeast.  I won't be smiling for long, if our predicted weather hits Dallas tomorrow night.  I'm hoping our precip will be rain or snow and not the ice they're predicting.  We've been so fortunate this winter.  Happy Sunday!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 2 years ago

Good morning Nick. Crazy weather this winter season. We have had 6 more inches over night and more falling. One day closer to spring.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 2 years ago

Ice is the worst, Nick.  You did the smart thing by not trying to drive in it.  Luckily, it didn't kast long.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 2 years ago

When I woke up this morning the temp was 33 and that is the high.  It is going to get colder and snow later today.  I do hate just hate cold temps.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 2 years ago

Wow you know the country's weather is out of whack when you are getting snow.  LOL love the 2nd picture!  SNOW

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 2 years ago

John Pusa I actually enjoyed the snow and ice and probably could have made it home if there were fewer cars on the road, but many of the local employers were letting their staff off work early and at the same time...that caused a big problem!

John Helmick I guess the bass have their own issues with ice.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 2 years ago

Rob Thomas I know you guys got a lot of snow...certainly more than we did.

Bruce Walter yes it was! Thanks for stopping by, and by the way I go through Lafayette on my way to Chicago.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 2 years ago

Chris Ann Cleland you can deal with snow, but ice is a different story.

William Feela not a long wait at all, inside or out! 

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 2 years ago

Ed Silva you are exactly right and until some of those beach properties are permanently under water I think people will keep their heads in the sand!

Patricia Kennedy having spent most of my life in areas that get a lot of snow I'm better equipped to handle it, but as you say Huntsville gets so little snow that the city and the people are ill prepared for it. 

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 2 years ago

Linda Blumenthal just over night and things were getting back to normal.

George Souto you are so kind to offer up your excess snow...I'll keep that in mind!

Debbie Laity yes I thought the aftermath photo was kind of funny.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 2 years ago

Lisa Von Domek the snow and ice didn't really have a chance of lasting long because the day it happened the temps were in the 20's and the following day temps were in the mid 50's.

Bob Crane I really had no choice because I was literally held captive in Providence by the weather.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 2 years ago

Sharon Parisi one of my clients from Houston area has never seen snow and she was having a blast taking photos and sliding down drive ways and streets on a large piece of cardboard.

Joe Petrowsky you guys just can't catch a break!

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 2 years ago

Gabe Sanders like I told Bob Crane I really didn't have a choice.

James Dray kind of reminds me when I lived in Chicago and the high was only going to be below zero...doesn't give you much to look forward to.

Debbie Walsh thanks for your photo...it looks great...I love the snow too!

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 2 years ago

Nick, is it alright to chuckle a bit...of love  the extremes but you were one smart man to stay put...glad it is passing you by...I just can't wait to be done with winter...

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Nick,  I was smart enough or scared maybe a little to go home before the roads were bad.  There was one time I was at the bottom of my hill watch cars slid back down.  I was scared to death but I gunned it when it was my turn to try and I barely made it up and home I went.  I said then I will not wait til its bad and I havent. 

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) over 2 years ago

Nick, I love the story about your client.  I still take photos in Dallas when it snows, even though I spent three decades of my life in Chicago and visit every winter. I love the beauty of fresh snow.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 2 years ago

Ginny Gorman chuckle away, however, be forewarned..."Chuckles" could be your new nick name :)...I really had no choice in the matter...I couldn't get out of Providence.

June Tassillo I thought maybe you were mad at me because I let your last shipment of Samoa's go stale behind my computer screen...sorry, but new orders are now being taken. I'm smiling because of a vision I have of a determined biker chick who was going to make it up that hill!

Sharon Parisi she was so excited to see what little snow we had, but it was sliding on the ice that put it over the top for her. As much as I complained about the snow and cold when I lived in Chicago I always loved it. It's hard to explain to someone the experience of walking in deep snow especially late at night with that deafening silence...great memories.   

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 2 years ago

Nick, how do you compare it to a Chicago Winter storm?

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 2 years ago

Noah Seidenberg the ice was bad because you couldn't go anywhere, the real problem is that Huntsville really doesn't salt the roads and that we have a lot of little hills and winding roads here, of course, most of the major employers in the area decided to let everyone out of work at the same time so all the cars made traveling even worse. We only had a dusting of snow, but ice is ice no matter where you live. We are supposed to get more ice on Monday.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 2 years ago

Good morning Nick,

Smart man to take precautions and don't try to get out there with the crazy drivers. We don't salt the roads either and ice cripples us the few times we are subjected to it!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) over 2 years ago

Good Morning Nick: You have to look at the brighter side of almost everything. Even with the unexpected snow. That restaurant exudes lovely ambience despite the snow flakes blanketing the ground.

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) over 2 years ago

Hi Nick, That ice was so dangerous. I hope you are out of the woods now and back to a normal routine. I slid off the road and had to have to nice men push me back on. I felt out of control.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

Dorie Dillard I did try to leave, but knowing that cars wouldn't be able to make it up small hills...I would be stuck in traffic all night if I every made it home at all. There's a very steep hill to my house and that would have been a no go. The only other way to my house would have been miles out of my way with no guarantee.

Maria Gilda Racelis yes, it was pretty and snow I can deal with, but ice is another story.

Debbie Reynolds we are under another ice watch this morning, but nothing like last week. We all depend on the kindness of strangers at some time...lucky for you there were two close at hand when you needed them. 

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 2 years ago

We have another very icy morning in Maryland. Be careful if you must be out and about in the ice and snow.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

We've been hit by the ice too..  it sure is slick outside and COLD.  Great photos.

Posted by Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma) over 2 years ago

Nick, with Alabama not prepared (nor the residents), sounds like your weather was a disaster.   Funny to see just one small pile of snow left....

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 2 years ago

I imagine that most of your winter driving skills have been forgotten....but you have to worry about what the "other guy" is going to do, too.  Wise choice in getting a room and calling it a day, Nick.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 2 years ago

Just to be clear Ron Marshall, I have not lost any of my winter driving skills :) I do, however, worry about the other guy. 

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 2 years ago

Nick, sure hope your winter weather blows out of Alabama soon, and you resume your mild temps! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 2 years ago

Joan Cox , temps are expected to be back into the mid to upper 50's next week. By the way everything is closed down again today because we are expecting 3"-6" of snow! 

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 2 years ago

Nick, it's obvious you remember the ice driving all too well from your previous life in Illinois.  Great idea to be safe!!!  Glad it's back to normal and you're safe. 

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 2 years ago

Nick, at least it didn't last too long!  Ice and snow in the South is not a good thing, people are not used to it and cities and towns don't have the resources to deal with it neither.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

Well I bet you're glad it all melted away the next day. So you got a mini vacation and you still have your car in one piece.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 2 years ago

Those "snow"pictures of ice always look very pretty, but no question that they are dangerous conditions in places like the south. We, fortunately, dodged a huge bullet here in south Charlotte yesterday, but parts of town further north were hit quite badly--it was almost like two separate cities in terms of snow/ice conditions.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) over 2 years ago

Nick I guess people need to see the Snow that is in Boston:)) on a side note did you see the picture of the Frozen Wave in Nantucket? Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 2 years ago

WOW that is all the snow that was left...we still have tons of snow from a week ago.  Nice that you stayed in town had a nice dinner and didn't have to drive in the bad weather.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Perry Wellington Realty) over 2 years ago

Nick T Pappas

Just what you wanted. Lots of that stuff here in Wisconsin my friend

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 2 years ago

Snow doesn't last long here which is probably a good thing since Huntsville pretty much shuts down. I actually do miss snow, but Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459 you'll need to keep all that white stuff in cheesehead country.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) over 2 years ago

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