Turns out Los Angeles isn’t the only place where drivers freak out when temperatures fall below 40 degrees!

The city was paralyzed yesterday during a rare winter storm. Schoolchildren, private businesses, and government employees were released to go home all at the same time, which led to a massive gridlock.

In fact, the scene spawned a meme based on a famous poster for The Walking Dead.

Motorists were stuck in their cars for hours.

Samantha Avers lives only 25 miles outside of the city, but according to the Los Angeles Times, her commute dragged on for 22 hours during the storm. Yes, we said 22 HOURS.

But it wasn’t a total disaster. Avers said she was blown away by the generosity of her fellow citizens

“There were people, I’ve never seen this before, there were people in neighborhoods that were standing outside with water bottles, apples, food to give to people that were stuck; men that were out there, already home, or not home, guys that pulled over at the tops or bottoms of hills, pushing people out,” Avers explained.

“Three, four different times today I wouldn’t be able to get home without outright strangers helping me. And that was really amazing.”

A baby girl was born on the jam-packed Interstate 285, but luckily a police officer was able to meet the parents on-the-scene to help out with the delivery.

“That baby was coming no matter what,” Officer Tim Sheffield told the TODAY show.

Thousands of children had to spend the night at school after getting stranded, including this way too adorable little girl:

My new favorite person

A post shared by Samir (@samir) on

Head on over to CBS Atlanta for more updates on the winter weather.

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles


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