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2012-12-25 08:46:59 PM  

fappomatic: Wasilla Hillbilly: fappomatic: Wasilla Hillbilly: We had frozen rain for most of the day which turned to snow about 30 min ago. Drive home had some scary spots. Should be an interesting night.

/southwest-central Arkansas

I'd be looking for a snowboard and a giant trash bag.

Heh. Not sure what you have in mind there exactly, but there's not too many snowboards around here.

OK then two cafeteria trays duct taped to your boots, a football helmet and a giant trash bag. Tip: lean back a little or the face plant will be epic.


That's great advice.  Ah, for the good ole days.
 
2012-12-25 08:47:02 PM  

Solid Muldoon: My girlfriend is expecting 8 inches tonight.


So you'll be disappointing her on Christmas again, will ya.
 
2012-12-25 08:49:45 PM  

Kyosuke: Solid Muldoon: My girlfriend is expecting 8 inches tonight.

So you'll be disappointing her on Christmas again, will ya.


www.faniq.com
 
2012-12-25 08:54:26 PM  
I know this us a shot in the dark, but are any of you near Pocahontas, AR? Curious as to what it is looking like.
 
2012-12-25 08:55:57 PM  

Uakronkid: No Time To Explain: "Blizzard"

/worst we've had under blizzard was a dumping over 50cm in less than 2r hours
//get on my level
///silly yanks, not knowing what a real snowfall is

If that's the worst you've had, you guys have it easy. The Great Lakes snowbelts can get pretty nasty.


Um, 20" in two hours is a lot. I don't like the implication that us yanks don't know what real snow is though.

/Great Lakes snow belt here.
/worst I've seen was 16" in 24 hours in white out conditions.
 
2012-12-25 08:57:27 PM  
It's a true Christmas miracle! Thank you Lord!
 
2012-12-25 09:07:39 PM  
Today's weather in Houston was absolutely batty. Dreary and super windy in the morning, culminating in some very quick and strong rain that was practically traveling sideways. Within a half hour it stops and the skies are completely devoid of clouds. Beautiful, sunny 70 something weather. Then around six the winds show up again, only even stronger. Definitely the strongest wind I've felt around here outside a hurricane or tropical storm. And the temperature plummets. It's down to around 40 now and apparently is going to freeze tonight.

The whole season has been like this, though not as extreme as today. Highs varying by 20-30 degrees from one day to the next seemingly every week.
 
2012-12-25 09:09:17 PM  
Weather like thet, y'all just gotta stay warm inside your fambly.

With. With your fambly.
 
2012-12-25 09:10:18 PM  
Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me: the
brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not
able to invent anything that tends to laughter, more
than I invent or is invented on me: I am not only
witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other
men.
 
2012-12-25 09:15:58 PM  

KrispyKritter: I was in Little Rock once. people in this country have a lot of balls making cracks about New Jersey, tell you what.


As a man who has never been to New Jersey, but has been to Arkansas. You don't give me much encouragement for New Jersey
 
2012-12-25 09:17:29 PM  

Mentalpatient87: Evansville area here. They said "snow" on the news, time for everyone to panic and buy milk and eggs.


Don't forget the guns
 
2012-12-25 09:23:07 PM  

hershy799: Solid Muldoon: My girlfriend is expecting 8 inches tonight.

Certainly not from you...


Maybe him and his dad if you add them together....

Oh yeah!
 
2012-12-25 09:24:09 PM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Mentalpatient87: Evansville area here. They said "snow" on the news, time for everyone to panic and buy milk and eggs.

Don't forget the guns


Yes, shoot at the snow! Good idea, that'll work!
 
2012-12-25 09:25:47 PM  

Solid Muldoon: My girlfriend is expecting 8 inches tonight.


More like 36 inches. But the 3 of us will try to get out of there before you show up so we dont have any drama.
 
2012-12-25 09:29:18 PM  
Sitting in a hotel room in Trumann, AR now listening to the winds howl and sleet crack against the windows. The danger in having a blizzard (or any winter storm) in Arkansas is that the cities don't know how to deal with it. An inch of snow shuts down everything.
 
2012-12-25 09:30:42 PM  
Has anyone said that someone should drive there with a truckload of snow shovels and sell for $40 a piece?

Because that would be awesome.
 
2012-12-25 09:31:00 PM  

DLinds: Sitting in a hotel room in Trumann, AR now listening to the winds howl and sleet crack against the windows. The danger in having a blizzard (or any winter storm) in Arkansas is that the cities don't know how to deal with it. An inch of snow shuts down everything.


Why are you in a hotel in Trumann of all places? :/
 
2012-12-25 09:31:24 PM  
So I'm driving from Detroit to SF Jan 1st-5th.

The plan was to take I-94 to Chicago, I-55 to St. Louis, I-44 to OK City, and then shoot across I-40 and up the Valley so that we could avoid the storms (or at least not be in mountains when they hit).

Is this plan going to backfire on us, and should we just use I-80 (and have to get tire chains)?
 
2012-12-25 09:36:00 PM  
The I-40 to Valley portion of your trip is all good (except for morning tule fog in the Valley which can be no joke).

The I-40 may close off and on near Flagstaff (have been stranded there a few times myself) but they clear it up right away.

The 80 is closed right now, no amount of chains will get you from Tahoe to Frisco when it's really snowed in. And another storm is moving in right now.  And another at the end of the week, they say.  Now, the 80 will certainly open during peak daylight hours, but they say the back-up and the general slow down is pret' darned bad.

I'd go I-40, it's just so much drier and the snow never sticks long.
 
2012-12-25 09:36:50 PM  

Mister Peejay: And in Cleveland we got a little rain the other day.

The lakes make things kinda messed up weather-wise. Christmas Eve, I had to drive from Cleveland (sits on a big heat sink) to Ashland (70mi south). It was raining sloppy slush in Ashland. On the way back north, it turned to snow around the halfway point, where the watershed divide is between what goes in the Great Lakes and what goes into, eventually, the Mississippi. North of that line, it stopped snowing and was pretty nice out, maybe a light warm drizzle.

On the other hand, it will snow here until mid-April, so there's that.

Anyway long story short, looks like the nation is going to get the snow we didn't get last year.


I live in Grand Rapids, MI, so I'm no stranger to Lake Effect craziness. A couple years ago we received a foot of snow in just a few hours from a particularly intense west-east snowband. Nasty, wet snow. Five miles north and south of the snowband? 3 inches. 10 miles? Nothing.

Also, the squirrels are all ridiculously fat this year. I thought there was a woodchuck in my neighbors yard a few weeks ago but it was just a really fat squirrel. And they're all like that! I don't think I've seen them this fat before. Definitely not looking forward to the next few months.
 
2012-12-25 09:37:01 PM  

meyerkev:

Is this plan going to backfire on us, and should we just use I-80 (and have to get tire chains)?


Take the roundabout way.

I-80 across northern Nevada is utterly desolate, and a long way from help if anything goes wrong.

I-80 across the Sierra in January during snow isn't dangerous because of the snow, it's dangerous because of all the idiotic Bay Area drivers headed to Tahoe who get in accidents - 80 frequently gets shut down in the foothills (2-3000') because of drivers spinning out in the rain, never mind snow. Once you hit the high passes, it just gets worse.
 
2012-12-25 09:38:35 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark:
The 80

...

the 80



*grinds teeth, exhales slowly*

Sorry, that particular vernacular always gets to me.
 
2012-12-25 09:38:48 PM  
Here's the road conditions page for the stretch of 80 near the Nevada line:

http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/display.php?page=i80
 
2012-12-25 09:39:05 PM  
Meanwhile in Illinois....

No snow.

(At least in my area)
 
2012-12-25 09:40:15 PM  

kmmontandon: Atypical Person Reading Fark:
The 80

...

the 80


*grinds teeth, exhales slowly*

Sorry, that particular vernacular always gets to me.


Yeah, well, I'm sure you would sound funny to me too, Mr. Standard English Speaker.

If you're going to travel the 80, you might as well learn to refer to in the local vernacular.
 
2012-12-25 09:40:58 PM  
I'm in the 2"-5" path. Meh, was kinda hoping for a foot. Rarely see that much on the ground at once. As long as the power stays on I'm fine with it.
 
2012-12-25 09:42:27 PM  

fappomatic: Wasilla Hillbilly: fappomatic: Wasilla Hillbilly: We had frozen rain for most of the day which turned to snow about 30 min ago. Drive home had some scary spots. Should be an interesting night.

/southwest-central Arkansas

I'd be looking for a snowboard and a giant trash bag.

Heh. Not sure what you have in mind there exactly, but there's not too many snowboards around here.

OK then two cafeteria trays duct taped to your boots, a football helmet and a giant trash bag. Tip: lean back a little or the face plant will be epic.


Still not sure what the trash bag is for...

?
 
2012-12-25 09:46:19 PM  
This is what the winds look like across the U.S.

http://hint.fm/wind/
 
2012-12-25 09:48:10 PM  

Mr_Ectomy: Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Mentalpatient87: Evansville area here. They said "snow" on the news, time for everyone to panic and buy milk and eggs.

Don't forget the guns

Yes, shoot at the snow! Good idea, that'll work!


Haven't you been watching the news? Guns are now the answer to every problem.
 
2012-12-25 09:49:41 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

Wanted for questioning
 
2012-12-25 09:56:35 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark:

If you're going to travel the 80, you might as well learn to refer to in the local vernacular.


Given that I-80 is in Northern California, the vernacular is by definition not "the 80," that's a SoCal thing. And I've traveled it quite a lot - sometimes just to get from one part of town to another (in Davis or Sacramento), or dropping down to Tahoe from 395 by way of Reno.
 
2012-12-25 09:56:55 PM  

tomcat1346: http://hint.fm/wind/


Looks great tonight...

Someone in Mississippi flushed!

i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-25 09:57:25 PM  
8 inches heading down south? Look out because my Dixie wrecked!
 
2012-12-25 09:58:07 PM  

Shadow Blasko: No Time To Explain: So how much snow/ice will drop?

/less than 3cm/1 inch and I call you guys sissies
//but I'll accept if you don't have the infrastructure to clear the roads

For my area... 6 to 8 .. With Blizzard conditions regarding wind speeds.

This is the latest from my buds at Ohio Valley Weather net... They have been dead on for this whole event, even when the models started getting wonky.

[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x705]


Yeah, I'm in that 8+ area around Dayton.  Gonna suck tomorrow.  But better it was tomorrow than today, at least for me and my family
 
2012-12-25 09:58:37 PM  

HideMonkey: fappomatic: Wasilla Hillbilly: fappomatic: Wasilla Hillbilly: We had frozen rain for most of the day which turned to snow about 30 min ago. Drive home had some scary spots. Should be an interesting night.

/southwest-central Arkansas

I'd be looking for a snowboard and a giant trash bag.

Heh. Not sure what you have in mind there exactly, but there's not too many snowboards around here.

OK then two cafeteria trays duct taped to your boots, a football helmet and a giant trash bag. Tip: lean back a little or the face plant will be epic.

Still not sure what the trash bag is for...

?


For continuing sliding once you fall on your ass?
 
2012-12-25 09:59:39 PM  

No Time To Explain: Shadow Blasko: No Time To Explain: So how much snow/ice will drop?

/less than 3cm/1 inch and I call you guys sissies
//but I'll accept if you don't have the infrastructure to clear the roads

For my area... 6 to 8 .. With Blizzard conditions regarding wind speeds.

This is the latest from my buds at Ohio Valley Weather net... They have been dead on for this whole event, even when the models started getting wonky.

"Blizzard"

/worst we've had under blizzard was a dumping over 50cm in less than 2r hours
//get on my level
///silly yanks, not knowing what a real snowfall is


50cm in 2r hours? That's 6pi inches per hour!
 
2012-12-25 10:00:30 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: Still not sure what the trash bag is for...


For anyone from Arkansas I'd think it would be obvious.
 
2012-12-25 10:02:15 PM  

lethological_lassie: cantsleep: Headed our way tomorrow, Blasko.

Yeah-- I'm in Dayton and just heard about this. What the heck? Did this really come up out of nowhere, or was I just in too much of a Christmas cookie stupor and missed the fore-warning?


I got a broadcast on my cell-phone from the government around 4pm warning of the blizzard.  Kind of freaked me out at first when I heard it, but at least we got a good 8+ hours warning.  Bringing in lots of extra firewood tonight, just in case.
 
2012-12-25 10:02:57 PM  

kmmontandon: Atypical Person Reading Fark:

If you're going to travel the 80, you might as well learn to refer to in the local vernacular.

Given that I-80 is in Northern California, the vernacular is by definition not "the 80," that's a SoCal thing. And I've traveled it quite a lot - sometimes just to get from one part of town to another (in Davis or Sacramento), or dropping down to Tahoe from 395 by way of Reno.


It's not just a SoCal thing.  You really think people in Nevada and San Francisco call it Eye-80?

You can call it just 80 but that sounds weird.  "Where's 80?"  just don't sound good, no it don't
 
2012-12-25 10:05:37 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: Has Pat Robertson blamed gay people yet?


Dude, really?
 
2012-12-25 10:05:49 PM  

Lipo: Shadow Blasko: No Time To Explain: So how much snow/ice will drop?

/less than 3cm/1 inch and I call you guys sissies
//but I'll accept if you don't have the infrastructure to clear the roads

For my area... 6 to 8 .. With Blizzard conditions regarding wind speeds.

This is the latest from my buds at Ohio Valley Weather net... They have been dead on for this whole event, even when the models started getting wonky.

[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x705]

Yeah, I'm in that 8+ area around Dayton.  Gonna suck tomorrow.  But better it was tomorrow than today, at least for me and my family


I'm in the transition zone north of Cincy right on 275.

Might get 2" .. might get 8"... Won't know till it happens.
 
2012-12-25 10:07:03 PM  
Tornado on the ground near downtown Montgomery Alabama.
 
2012-12-25 10:07:03 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark:

It's not just a SoCal thing.  You really think people in Nevada and San Francisco call it Eye-80?

You can call it just 80 but that sounds weird.  "Where's 80?"  just don't sound good, no it don't



Well, that's the way everyone in Northern California actually says it, including a lot of people who live along I-80 itself ... so, yeah.

I've never heard anyone north of about San Jose say "the [Interstate Number]." Just like we say "get on 5 and then take the Northgate Exit," instead of "get on the 5." Same thing with regular highways - it's "99," not "the 99."
 
2012-12-25 10:07:25 PM  

Mentalpatient87: Evansville area here. They said "snow" on the news, time for everyone to panic and buy milk and eggs.


"What is it about snowstorms that makes everybody hungry for French toast?"
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-25 10:08:18 PM  
Kroger has to be hating the fact that they were closed today.. LOL
 
2012-12-25 10:09:05 PM  
Next door neighbors are in Arkansas (from MIchigan) and are complaining that we have no snow and they are getting this.

Csb.

Drive safe. When that inch of snow drops and the entire state is shut down let me know how much it sucks living in the rust belt.
 
2012-12-25 10:09:41 PM  

kmmontandon: Atypical Person Reading Fark:

It's not just a SoCal thing.  You really think people in Nevada and San Francisco call it Eye-80?

You can call it just 80 but that sounds weird.  "Where's 80?"  just don't sound good, no it don't


Well, that's the way everyone in Northern California actually says it, including a lot of people who live along I-80 itself ... so, yeah.

I've never heard anyone north of about San Jose say "the [Interstate Number]." Just like we say "get on 5 and then take the Northgate Exit," instead of "get on the 5." Same thing with regular highways - it's "99," not "the 99."


No, not *everyone* as lots of people I know do not say I-80 for the 80.  And NorCal is pretty diverse (believe it or not, it contains some people from outside its boundaries).

The "the" thing is not strictly SoCal (Nevadans, Hawaiians, some Coloradans and others use it too).  Well, in Hawaii it would be da 80 (which is where I'm from to begin with).
 
2012-12-25 10:09:45 PM  
Fayetteville, AR:
Pretty dang cold and overcast, but no snow.

The reasons that snow and ice fark us up so bad are multiple. First, we are not built for it. Our roads twist and turn like crazy at steep slopes, and ice turns driving into an idiot's game real quick. The cities don't have the infrastructure to clear the roads, because that is an expense they can get away with not spending since ice and snow are fairly rare here. Even if they did have the equipment, though, the roads are generally pretty bad anyways. Nobody owns snow chains because (again) snow is fairly rare here and not a lot of local shops keep them in stock. Also, because the natural state is so natural we get to deal with tons of downed branches that also down power lines. Also, since ice and snow are fairly rare here, a fair portion of folks have no idea how to drive in it.
 
2012-12-25 10:13:55 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark:
No, not *everyone* as lots of people I know do not say I-80 for the 80.  And NorCal is pretty diverse (believe it or not, it contains some people from outside its boundaries).


Again, I've never heard anyone actually from Northern California use "the" in front of an Interstate or SR number. And I've lived here 34 years, including a lot of time near where I-5, I-80, 99, and 113 come together. Not one single time, in thousands of conversations about directions or roadwork or other references to those roads. Even CalTrans and county road workers don't do that, nor do local news anchors.
 
2012-12-25 10:16:02 PM  

fusillade762: Lionel Mandrake: Has Pat Robertson blamed gay people yet?

Give it time. Though maybe he'll be too busy ripping Christmas bong hits to notice.


Hardly. He's a merlot kind of guy.
 
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