Snow Jam ’82
Atlanta, Georgia – Tuesday, January 12, 1982
Around thirteen years ago, after telling my story of what happened during Atlanta’s Snow Jam ’82 a ‘million’ times, I decided I’d dig around on the internet and find tons of information and, of course, lots of pictures. To my surprise, at that time there was very little online about this unique day. So I created snowjam82.com as a way to gather photos, tell the stories and have some fun remembering Snow Jam ’82!
Crazy Weather, Great Stories!
The thousands who were part of this wacky weather event will never forget the day. Were you stuck at the office for two days? Did you slide off I-85? Or were you trapped in the ‘parking lot’ on I-285 and forced to walk home? Relive your memories and share them here.
Many were stranded by Snow Jam ’82. At least one person was married in the midst of the storm, and another was actually born during the chaos! Check out all the reader-submitted memories of this weird Winter event from 1982.
Share Your Stories and Photos
Though I didn’t find a ton of information on the interwebs, there was some. Here’s some of what I found for Snow Jam ’82 information and pictures of the storm. (Some folks get here by searching for ‘Snow Jam 83’ and lots of folks search for ‘Snow Jam 1981’ or ‘Snow Jam 81,’ but the ‘official’ Atlanta Snow Jam was in 1982. Not too sure what happened weather-wise in 1981 or 1983...)
Atlanta 2014: Snowpocalypse, Snowmageddon, Snow Jam 2014... Thousands were stranded in or affected by Atlanta’s January 2014 version of Snow Jam, many of whom may have been surprised to know that almost the exact thing happened in Atlanta before, but it did. Those of us who experienced the 1980’s version were also surprised by how easily history (including stranded motorists and, this time, even kids stuck on school buses) repeated itself. Through the many stories shared on SnowJam82.com there are lessons that should be—and hopefully have been!—learned from the infamous 1982 winter storm.