The University of North Carolina men's basketball team has encountered some adversity even before their scheduled upcoming clash with ACC rival Georgia Tech. Due to inclement weather in the area, the Tar Heels are stuck in the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and are working on transportation arrangements.
The program's official Twitter account reported on the unfortunate situation late in the evening on Tuesday, Jan. 28 and expressed gratitude for arriving safely:
Tar Heels arrive in snowy Atlanta. Thank you Delta for safe passage.— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) January 29, 2014
Stuck at airport... working on transportation to hotel... Atlanta area interstates are gridlocked...stay tuned #winter travel fun— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) January 29, 2014
The program later reported that they'd made it to the hotel:
Last coach and staff arrived on foot to hotel at 145 am...nice little six block walk from train... thank goodness for MARTA!— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) January 29, 2014
Senior guard Leslie McDonald posted a photo on his Instagram account, showing some of his teammates as they awaited a solution to their predicament:
Here is a look at the scene from earlier in the day:
Live from our snow desk - crews continue to de-ice aircraft. Chk w/your airline 4 the latest information on delays. pic.twitter.com/lLmqFJpHd7— Atlanta Airport (@Atlanta_Airport) January 28, 2014
Head coach Roy Williams' squad has already had a rough go at it in the 2013-14 season with a 12-7 record thus far and having lost four of its past six games. UNC did just beat Clemson 80-61 in Chapel Hill, so the hope is that this traveling problem doesn't do anything to halt the team's momentum.
According to Business Insider's Alex Davies, a winter storm is hitting the Gulf Coast and Southeast, causing one to two inches of snow in the Atlanta area. It's rare for the area to have any snowfall, so there aren't resources such as salt trucks and other means to deal with it.
That's led to 38 percent of inbound flights and 39 percent of outgoing flights to be canceled, per Davies' report, where he labels the Atlanta airport as the busiest in the world.
With how dangerous the roads are and the massive traffic jams that have resulted, it remains to be seen whether or not the Tar Heels will make it to their upcoming game. Here's to hoping for safe travels for all involved in the arduous weather in the Atlanta area.