W hen I issued this travel alert pertaining to a winter storm impacting the southeastern United States on Thursday, January 5, 2017, I did not realize that I would meet ice-zilla.


I have actually been grounded from going anywhere until today — which was the first time I was able to leave my home in four days — due to ice coating the roads…

…and although the ice was not even an inch thick, it was the most impenetrable ice I have ever encountered.


Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

I tried treating it with rock salt…


Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

…chopping through it with various tools…


Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

…and even using liquid solutions — which included such items as alcohol — but with little success. I even tried using a heat gun. Ice-zilla just would not relent.

I suppose the situation could have been worse. I could have hired these guys to deice

…or I could have been trapped aboard an airplane overnight which was stranded on the tarmac in New York due to inclement winter weather without an explanation to the passengers who were aboard the aircraft.


Even though I was born and raised in New York and have weathered many ice storms in Atlanta, this ice-zilla would not relent. It seemed more difficult to remove — almost as though it adhered to the ground better than that green stuff to inside of your throat or chest when trying to cough it up when you endure a horrendous cold — than any other ice which I had encountered in the past.

Thanks to temperatures in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area finally warming up — the high temperature on Friday is expected to be around 70 degrees Fahrenheit — ice-zilla will finally die.

All photographs ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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