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Atlanta shelters in place before the storm

Alexander Nelson

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Atlanta learned its lesson from Snowmageddon Part I.

With memories of nights on the highway or school gym floors fresh in our minds, and a far more aggressive approach by state and local leaders, metro residents are heeding the call to stay put.

“This is one of Mother Nature’s worst kinds of storms,” Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday afternoon, according to coverage by my colleague Alexis Stevens.  “We’re not kidding. We’re not crying wolf.”

Deal declared a state of emergency for 91 Georgia counties. Earlier Tuesday, President Barack Obama declared an emergency in the State of Georgia and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts.

Forecasters have warned of the storm for days, and government leaders have put the wheels in motion, literally, to keep metro roadways as clear as possible from the ice. It’s being called catastrophic and historic, and those aren’t words tossed around lightly, according to meteorologist Brad Nitz with Channel 2 Action News.

Tuesday afternoon, Stevens reported, drivers were being advised to get off the roads as soon as possible. Many Atlantans had already heeded the warnings and stayed home.

So, what are we doing instead of driving to work or to kids' schools?

Melissa and Matt Nelson's sons Chandler, 17, John Robert, 14, and Alexander, 8, are staying busy. Their little guy, a second grader at North Cobb Christian School, is learning to make a latch hook rug while his brothers, in 8th and 12th grades at North Cobb Christian, hit the books.

"We are trying to find creative ways to spend our free time that do not involve using electronics," Melissa said.

She is the literacy coordinator at North Cobb Christian School so Atlanta's first blast of winter weather threatened to strand her and the boys until a friend's ATV got them home.

This time, no one is going anywhere."Glad everyone is home and safe!" she said.

Stephanie and Matthew Swanson's children are remaining on task too. She sent this photo of Gracie and Charlie keeping up with their studies. Their baby sister Annie is there for moral support while they continue hitting the books.

Jan Butsch Schroder is keeping up with her exercise regimen.

"Storm or not, we are slaves to our FitBit Forces, which require 10,000 steps a day," she said. "So I'm on the bike to make my quota. Fortunately, like curling, biking can be done with a drink in your hand. And we have ample supplies awaiting on the hearth."

Indeed!

Jennifer and Coach Kevin Erminio's kids Jack and Ryan are having a big time. Check out Ryan's Lego .. um .. thing.

"Star Wars something something Lego something," is how Jennifer described it.

Ben and Amanda Persons' kids are cooking up a storm before the storm. 

"Baking through the snowpocalypse," is how they caption this photo of Chefs Oliver and Alafair whipping up their masterpiece.

And Stacie and Mark Hanna's daughter Adelaide is keeping to a detailed snow-day schedule.

Here's the 7-year-old's itinerary."Unproductive day with school closed?" mused her mom. "Not to Adelaide, she has her priorities in line."

I'd love to add your photos! Send em to me at jbrett@ajc.com!

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