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A winter snowstorm renders the city shut down—and beautiful.


17th Street Bridge

After January’s Winter Storm Leon left tens of thousands of Atlantans stuck in traffic, stranded, and some even sleeping in stores and schools, it wasn’t long before Mother Nature gave the city a second chance to do things right. Though February’s storm wasn’t quite as severe, few were taking a chance on the icy roads—which explains the eerily calm feel of this photo, taken during what is usually a jampacked Thursday morning rush hour. “It was quiet for 9am,” says photographer Tommy Byrd, who captured this shot with his Canon 60D, “with only the occasional sounds of car tires hoping to get friction on the icy bridge.” Byrd spent five-plus hours in his car during Leon, so he walked out to the bridge when the second round of snow began to fall—opting not to chance a repeat performance. “I find winter beautiful,” Byrd adds, “but I’m glad it’s getting warmer.”