If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(WTOP)   The DC area is bracing for a winter storm of gargantuan proportions that is expected to bring the morning commute to its knees and turn the entire region into an icy hell of snarled traffic and human misery. Total accumulation? Eh, about an inch   (wtop.com) divider line 111
    More: Stupid, dc area, Virginia Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration, winter storm, Loudoun County, D.C. Department of Transportation, National Weather Service  
•       •       •

2744 clicks; posted to Main » on 01 Feb 2013 at 6:49 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



111 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread
 
2013-02-01 06:52:57 AM
Long headline is long.
 
2013-02-01 06:54:00 AM
I'm a Buffalo, NY native, transplanted to DC.  People here go insane about absolutely trivial accumulations on a regular basis.  Part of the problem is the complete lack of infrastructure (plows, salt piles, etc).  Whenever a "snowpocalypse" or "snowmaggedon" or whatever hits they end up importing equipment and manpower from Baltimore.  Still, that doesn't mean you have to drive like a moron, DC drivers need to get their shiat together.
 
2013-02-01 06:54:22 AM
If the government shuts down for a day or two, would anyone even notice?
 
2013-02-01 06:54:45 AM
Speaking as a Floridian, one inch of snow can be seriously damaging if you are not equipped for it as a municipality and very dangerous if the majority of your citizens have no idea how to handle it.

Sandy was a nothing hurricane for Florida, but put it up in New York and it is a serious disaster. Local context is very important.
 
2013-02-01 06:55:21 AM
That's about right for the Nova-D.C. 'burban clusterfark.
Next step: Go to nearest supermarket and buy every single bit of the bread, milk, water, ice melt, and snow shovels.

/I do not miss that farkity farking hellish shiat hole of a place.
 
2013-02-01 06:55:48 AM
I need to GTFO this area. I'm used to lake-effect snow stormswhere "oh its snowing!" ends with "...oh." an hour later when there is a foot of snow. in an hour. Yet an inch here is crazy cause apparently my city uses molasses and sand instead of salt.
 
2013-02-01 06:56:24 AM
Christ, and I have to drop the dog off at the kennel and then drive to upstate NY this morning.

I mean, I lived in the midwest for 3 years, so it doesn't worry me.  The other drivers worry me.  A lot.
 
2013-02-01 06:56:34 AM
Crap, I went out in this to catch my bus... and my bus never showed up. I waited from 6:15 to 6:45 for the damn thing. There were no tire tracks in the snow so I didn't miss it. It sucked.
 
2013-02-01 06:56:50 AM

MysteryMachine: I'm a Buffalo, NY native, transplanted to DC.  People here go insane about absolutely trivial accumulations on a regular basis.  Part of the problem is the complete lack of infrastructure (plows, salt piles, etc).  Whenever a "snowpocalypse" or "snowmaggedon" or whatever hits they end up importing equipment and manpower from Baltimore.  Still, that doesn't mean you have to drive like a moron, DC drivers need to get their shiat together.


I live in Georgia, and have no idea how to drive in snow. But we only get to practice one or two days every three years or so.
 
2013-02-01 06:59:48 AM
Tis snowing. Yay!!
 
2013-02-01 07:00:23 AM
As someone about to start my morning commute in Nova I'm getting a kick.
 
2013-02-01 07:01:43 AM

Darke: I need to GTFO this area. I'm used to lake-effect snow stormswhere "oh its snowing!" ends with "...oh." an hour later when there is a foot of snow. in an hour. Yet an inch here is crazy cause apparently my city uses molasses and sand instead of salt.


Around here they use some kind of brine mixture [maybe ground fish carcasses?] with the sand on the roads. It. Is. Nasty. After the snow and ice melts. The cars are actually oily and sticky until they get washed or it rains.
 
2013-02-01 07:01:53 AM

MysteryMachine: I'm a Buffalo, NY native, transplanted to DC.  People here go insane about absolutely trivial accumulations on a regular basis.  Part of the problem is the complete lack of infrastructure (plows, salt piles, etc).  Whenever a "snowpocalypse" or "snowmaggedon" or whatever hits they end up importing equipment and manpower from Baltimore.  Still, that doesn't mean you have to drive like a moron, DC drivers need to get their shiat together.


Part of the problem is also the sheer amount of traffic here. There's so much traffic that things are really slow on a good day, so it doesn't take much to mess it up.

And DC drivers need to get their stuff together, like you said. Being a moron doesn't make it better. :(
 
2013-02-01 07:02:35 AM
I grew up in Western Mass. School wasn't canceled for less than a foot of snow unless there was a lot of ice.
I now live about two hours south west of DC and the school my daughter attends cancels or delays for everything. They have closed twice this year because "the forecast looks bad". And nothing happened. One of those days was the day before Sandy hit. We got a quarter inch of rain...
They had a two hour delay yesterday due to high wind. Another two hour delay today because it's almost accumulating.
/gtf my lawn. I'm cranky.
 
2013-02-01 07:02:37 AM
Well, it's -12 here in Minneapolis this morning.
 
2013-02-01 07:02:52 AM
/In Nova, traffic gets snarled because of low-angle  sunshine.
//No joke.
 
2013-02-01 07:03:22 AM
Some schools in N. MN are closed because of the cold, some places are -25 and worse.
 
2013-02-01 07:03:39 AM
It's just like driving on regular road but with more sliding and crashing.....
 
2013-02-01 07:09:31 AM

Target Builder: As someone about to start my morning commute in Nova I'm getting a kick.


I'm so sorry you have to drive in NOVA at this time in the morning. I make mine at 430AM... and it still sucks.
 
2013-02-01 07:09:41 AM
this snow mess added 15 minutes to my 25 minute commute to Annapolis.  i hate people. ;)
 
2013-02-01 07:11:38 AM
It was snowing here in Lexington Ky earlier. The snow and gale force winds made it impossible to drive in.
 
2013-02-01 07:11:58 AM

HotIgneous Intruder: /In Nova, traffic gets snarled because of low-angle  sunshine.
//No joke.


I was driving behind this idiot yesterday who was driving IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD because apparently that's where the lines looked like they were in the 2PM setting sunshine.  Every day is an exercise is patience and control of road rage.
 
2013-02-01 07:13:32 AM
As someone who recently moved into DC from north of Baltimore, I feel expertly prepared to comment on things here:
1) Everyone who is not you sucks at driving.
2) The driving mantra in this area seems to be 'do whatever you can you eff as many other people as possible.'
3) It's not so much that no one around here knows to drive in the snow, it's that a few people don't know and then they flip out and it literally ripples throughout the area. One person being stupid on Mass Ave effects Nevada, which effects Wisconsin, which slows down the exit ramp on the beltway, which messes up the beltway, which slows down 95, etc.
4) I'm going to work now.
 
2013-02-01 07:14:28 AM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: MysteryMachine: I'm a Buffalo, NY native, transplanted to DC.  People here go insane about absolutely trivial accumulations on a regular basis.  Part of the problem is the complete lack of infrastructure (plows, salt piles, etc).  Whenever a "snowpocalypse" or "snowmaggedon" or whatever hits they end up importing equipment and manpower from Baltimore.  Still, that doesn't mean you have to drive like a moron, DC drivers need to get their shiat together.

I live in Georgia, and have no idea how to drive in snow. But we only get to practice one or two days every three years or so.


People who live in DC don't know how to drive on dry pavement, let alone on ice and snow.
 
2013-02-01 07:18:21 AM

MysteryMachine: I'm a Buffalo, NY native, transplanted to DC.  People here go insane about absolutely trivial accumulations on a regular basis.  Part of the problem is the complete lack of infrastructure (plows, salt piles, etc).  Whenever a "snowpocalypse" or "snowmaggedon" or whatever hits they end up importing equipment and manpower from Baltimore.  Still, that doesn't mean you have to drive like a moron, DC drivers need to get their shiat together.


Did you happen to make it to Baltimore during the winter of 2010?  Cuz 80-some inches in under two weeks was certainly more than "trivial".  It's just that that kind of thing only happens once every 8 or ten years down there, so the trauma continues to affect people for several winters afterward.
 
2013-02-01 07:21:43 AM
Look all you snarkasauruses, the roads aren't even 100% clear and they didn't even delay schools.

We're getting tougher.

forget about the schools being closed on Monday because it was wet outside.
 
2013-02-01 07:23:59 AM
I read that as "storm of orangutang proportions" and it made more sense. I need to go back to bed.
 
2013-02-01 07:25:55 AM
I am certainly not trying to defend DC drivers here, but a little perspective is needed:

DC/NoVa/MD Counties that hug DC has one of the highest concentrations of transplants/non-native born residents in the country.  So people bring their locale's bad driving habits and driving styles to them.  Now compound literally thousands of regional/local driving styles into the DC metro area and add a few million people onto the road, and there you go, the craziness that is driving around here.

/From SoCal so I am used to defensive driving
//The beltway is terrifying to me
///If I were pressed to describe the driving style for the DC area, I would say it is selfish - very "me first, me first, I got to the light first/merged first, I win!!!!"
 
2013-02-01 07:27:10 AM
Snow? Meh, you should see Southern California drivers trying to drive in the rain.

I grew up in Upstate NY and have no problem driving in rain/snow/sleet/etc. We had to get more than 6" of snow or they wouldn't cancel school, just put chains on the bus tires. In San Diego drivers would go off the road during a rain shower. Scary stuff.

/of course you could go literally months without rain there at times
 
2013-02-01 07:29:49 AM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: MysteryMachine: I'm a Buffalo, NY native, transplanted to DC.  People here go insane about absolutely trivial accumulations on a regular basis.  Part of the problem is the complete lack of infrastructure (plows, salt piles, etc).  Whenever a "snowpocalypse" or "snowmaggedon" or whatever hits they end up importing equipment and manpower from Baltimore.  Still, that doesn't mean you have to drive like a moron, DC drivers need to get their shiat together.

I live in Georgia, and have no idea how to drive in snow. But we only get to practice one or two days every three years or so.


Slow, careful, add another 1-2 car lengths between you and the next guy (depending on speed), don't make sharp turns, if you start to fishtail don't try to slam on the brakes or yank the wheel, just take your foot off the accelerator and keep the wheel steady.  Start your stops way earlier than usual, to give yourself additional time and to give sufficient warning to the people behind you.  It's very easy to sail past the turn you wanted to make because you didn't start the braking process in time, don't underestimate it.
 
2013-02-01 07:31:25 AM
I just moved to MD from Western NY, that was one of the heaviest storms I've driven through. People here just aren't equipped to handle snowfall like that. Stop being stupid subby.
 
2013-02-01 07:34:03 AM
As someone who grew up in a DC suburb and moved back after college I can tell you that natives can drive just fine. It's everyone else who brought their bad habits with them that sucks. Remember, this region is filled with transplants.
 
2013-02-01 07:34:58 AM
Living in WNY, I'm getting a kick out of this. BTW, it's snowing 1"/hr. right now.
 
2013-02-01 07:41:03 AM

Target Builder: As someone about to start my morning commute in Nova I'm getting a kick.


Heading out in about an hour, curious to see how things are then
 
2013-02-01 07:43:09 AM

KatjaMouse: As someone who grew up in a DC suburb and moved back after college I can tell you that natives can drive just fine. It's everyone else who brought their bad habits with them that sucks. Remember, this region is filled with transplants.


As someone who lived there for years can tell you, no.  No they cannot.  The natives are just as damned stupid as the rest of them when snowflakes hit the ground.
 
2013-02-01 07:46:07 AM
When I was a kid I lived in far northern Canada. One time it snowed 1 ft/s for five days straight! We didn't even blink an eye! We put on our snow shoes, walked to the snowmobile and went about our business.

I really don't get why people who live in places where it doesn't snow that often don't know exactly how to deal with it. It's a real mystery to me.

/Because I'm an idiot.
 
2013-02-01 07:49:14 AM
It's not the snow causing the issues, it's the people.
 
2013-02-01 07:49:23 AM
The entire transportation system is on the verge of collapse on a good day. Add any problem and you are screwed.
 
2013-02-01 07:50:01 AM
Wait.... farkers have jobs?!
 
2013-02-01 07:50:55 AM
I understand that driving in snow can be an acquired skill.

But what part of 'slow down in a lower friction environment' do people not understand?

/This goes for rain too.
 
2013-02-01 07:53:06 AM
Also... farkers choose to move back to Virginia?!!!?
 
2013-02-01 07:54:34 AM

Enemabag Jones: I understand that driving in snow can be an acquired skill.

But what part of 'slow down in a lower friction environment' do people not understand?

/This goes for rain too.


The problem in my opinion is that people slow down way too much and hesitate a lot more when making decisions.
 
2013-02-01 07:59:51 AM
CipollinaFan
Enemabag Jones: I understand that driving in snow can be an acquired skill.
But what part of 'slow down in a lower friction environment' do people not understand?
/This goes for rain too.
The problem in my opinion is that people slow down way too much and hesitate a lot more when making decisions.


I see plenty of people driving much too slow too, and just hold up traffic because they don't see to want to go anywhere when driving.

/Called texting when driving or old person driving, often conditioned by irrational law enforcement.
 
2013-02-01 08:03:06 AM

MysteryMachine: I'm a Buffalo, NY native, transplanted to DC.  People here go insane about absolutely trivial accumulations on a regular basis.  Part of the problem is the complete lack of infrastructure (plows, salt piles, etc).  Whenever a "snowpocalypse" or "snowmaggedon" or whatever hits they end up importing equipment and manpower from Baltimore.  Still, that doesn't mean you have to drive like a moron, DC drivers need to get their shiat together.


About 90% of the drivers here are from other parts of the world. Many have no clue how to drive in snow, so even the littlest accumulation does have that effect. And it's not so much the lack of road clearing equipment, but rather there is so much traffic on the roads that it renders the equipment ineffective. That's what happened when the last snowfall hit.
 
2013-02-01 08:04:07 AM
OMG!! everyone run and buy all the bread, milk and eggs you can
 
2013-02-01 08:05:48 AM

Enemabag Jones: I understand that driving in snow can be an acquired skill.

But what part of 'slow down in a lower friction environment' do people not understand?

/This goes for rain too.


Lots of disposable income in the DC area means people by big fancy cars "With Traction Control™" (BMW, Audi, Mercedes) or giant SUVs/Pick-Ups with 4x4 and for some reason think that because their car was marketed to them has having auto sensing stability control and 4 wheel drive that means they can drive as they normally do if not harder and the car will take care of itself.

tl;dr - People are idiots
 
2013-02-01 08:06:50 AM

MysteryMachine: Zarquon's Flat Tire: MysteryMachine: I'm a Buffalo, NY native, transplanted to DC.  People here go insane about absolutely trivial accumulations on a regular basis.  Part of the problem is the complete lack of infrastructure (plows, salt piles, etc).  Whenever a "snowpocalypse" or "snowmaggedon" or whatever hits they end up importing equipment and manpower from Baltimore.  Still, that doesn't mean you have to drive like a moron, DC drivers need to get their shiat together.

I live in Georgia, and have no idea how to drive in snow. But we only get to practice one or two days every three years or so.

Slow, careful, add another 1-2 car lengths between you and the next guy (depending on speed), don't make sharp turns, if you start to fishtail don't try to slam on the brakes or yank the wheel, just take your foot off the accelerator and keep the wheel steady.  Start your stops way earlier than usual, to give yourself additional time and to give sufficient warning to the people behind you.  It's very easy to sail past the turn you wanted to make because you didn't start the braking process in time, don't underestimate it.


Well said I got to practice all that way more than I wanted to when I was living in Nashville. In one winter I ended up driving on snow and ice more than I ever had in my life. I remembered all that was still nervous as hell though.
 
2013-02-01 08:07:16 AM
Is being a Nestor obscure?
/I like grapes, in a bunch
 
2013-02-01 08:07:30 AM

JollyMagistrate: Speaking as a Floridian, one inch of snow can be seriously damaging if you are not equipped for it as a municipality and very dangerous if the majority of your citizens have no idea how to handle it.

Sandy was a nothing hurricane for Florida, but put it up in New York and it is a serious disaster. Local context is very important.


I was going to ask if you're retarded, but I see you're volunteering the fact you're from Florida.
 
2013-02-01 08:07:58 AM

SurfaceTension: MysteryMachine: I'm a Buffalo, NY native, transplanted to DC.  People here go insane about absolutely trivial accumulations on a regular basis.  Part of the problem is the complete lack of infrastructure (plows, salt piles, etc).  Whenever a "snowpocalypse" or "snowmaggedon" or whatever hits they end up importing equipment and manpower from Baltimore.  Still, that doesn't mean you have to drive like a moron, DC drivers need to get their shiat together.

About 90% of the drivers here are from other parts of the world. Many have no clue how to drive in snow, so even the littlest accumulation does have that effect. And it's not so much the lack of road clearing equipment, but rather there is so much traffic on the roads that it renders the equipment ineffective. That's what happened when the last snowfall hit.


I really do wish more companies would embrace telecommuting too, especially when the weather may make things a bit dangerous on the roads.
 
2013-02-01 08:08:46 AM
Not even an inch.  It is a dusting on grassy areas and no accumulation on paved surfaces.  And now the clouds have moved away and the skies are clear.
 
2013-02-01 08:09:50 AM
Northerners can't believe it when we Southerners flip out every time a centimeter of snow hits the ground, and Southerners get sick of national headlines being made every time some Northern city hits 95 degrees for two days.
Circle of life.
 
2013-02-01 08:10:15 AM

Lee Jackson Beauregard: Zarquon's Flat Tire: MysteryMachine: I'm a Buffalo, NY native, transplanted to DC.  People here go insane about absolutely trivial accumulations on a regular basis.  Part of the problem is the complete lack of infrastructure (plows, salt piles, etc).  Whenever a "snowpocalypse" or "snowmaggedon" or whatever hits they end up importing equipment and manpower from Baltimore.  Still, that doesn't mean you have to drive like a moron, DC drivers need to get their shiat together.

I live in Georgia, and have no idea how to drive in snow. But we only get to practice one or two days every three years or so.

People who live in DC don't know how to drive on dry pavement, let alone on ice and snow.


Oh so this!

Still:  the drive into work this morning was amazingly drama and idiot free, but that is most likely because
most of the dramatic idiots probably decided to stay home.

/Originally from NJ; we may not be Minnesota, but we know how to drive in bloody snow.
 
2013-02-01 08:10:38 AM
I'm in Kansas City. On Monday it was 75 degrees. On Wednesday it snowed an inch. Don't like Kansas weather? Wait 15 minutes.
 
2013-02-01 08:16:15 AM

MysteryMachine: Zarquon's Flat Tire: MysteryMachine: I'm a Buffalo, NY native, transplanted to DC.  People here go insane about absolutely trivial accumulations on a regular basis.  Part of the problem is the complete lack of infrastructure (plows, salt piles, etc).  Whenever a "snowpocalypse" or "snowmaggedon" or whatever hits they end up importing equipment and manpower from Baltimore.  Still, that doesn't mean you have to drive like a moron, DC drivers need to get their shiat together.

I live in Georgia, and have no idea how to drive in snow. But we only get to practice one or two days every three years or so.

Slow, careful, add another 1-2 car lengths between you and the next guy (depending on speed), don't make sharp turns, if you start to fishtail don't try to slam on the brakes or yank the wheel, just take your foot off the accelerator and keep the wheel steady.  Start your stops way earlier than usual, to give yourself additional time and to give sufficient warning to the people behind you.  It's very easy to sail past the turn you wanted to make because you didn't start the braking process in time, don't underestimate it.


Yeah I've driven in snow twice or so. It was crazy when the lady in front of me suddenly turned sideways and slid into a sign. We were both going maybe 17 mph and I never saw her brakes flash.
 
2013-02-01 08:19:39 AM
DAMN YOU SNOWBAMA
 
2013-02-01 08:21:16 AM

TrojanRabbit: Northerners can't believe it when we Southerners flip out every time a centimeter of snow hits the ground, and Southerners get sick of national headlines being made every time some Northern city hits 95 degrees for two days.
Circle of life.


Well, you just eviscerated 40% of the yearly weather related newscast.  Bravo!
 
2013-02-01 08:27:10 AM
Michigander here.  And I'm so getting a kick out of all these sob stories over an inch of snow.
 
2013-02-01 08:32:39 AM

Roukzeptea23: And DC drivers need to get their stuff together, like you said. Being a moron doesn't make it better. :(


I lived in DC for 3 yrs, and DC drivers obey traffic laws just fine.

It's just that the traffic laws they obey are from their home country.
 
2013-02-01 08:37:05 AM
I'm in baltimore- just drove to work. I slid through an entire intersection. in my neighborhood. in a subaru. (aka, I wasn't going more than 20 mph to begin with, I started to brake to turn at the intersection, and never stopped). fark.
 
2013-02-01 08:38:04 AM
Dear Subby,

I live in the DMV. STFU. I was just out. The roads are a sheet of ice.

Be a nice little tool and go back to the shed.

Who farking green lit this??? Must be a slow news day.
 
2013-02-01 08:38:54 AM

ristst: Roukzeptea23: And DC drivers need to get their stuff together, like you said. Being a moron doesn't make it better. :(

I lived in DC for 3 yrs, and DC drivers obey traffic laws just fine.

It's just that the traffic laws they obey are from their home country.


Nailed it!

If your sphincter doesn't twitch when you see diplomatic plates, you've never driven in DC
 
2013-02-01 08:39:01 AM
Shutting down the government for a couple days would cause less trouble than loading the media with concerns about a "fiscal cliff".

You farkers stalled the economy without actually doing anything.
 
2013-02-01 08:43:11 AM

Cer10Death


I live in the DMV. STFU. I was just out. The roads are a sheet of ice.


If you live there, STFU and go get my new registration.
 
2013-02-01 08:44:40 AM
And when a bus crashes because the always-bad traffic is worse, and your pwecious snowfwake gets a boo boo, you will sue.
 
2013-02-01 08:46:30 AM

Endive Wombat: ///If I were pressed to describe the driving style for the DC area, I would say it is selfish - very "me first, me first, I got to the light first/merged first, I win!!!!"


Oh very much.  Just another reason I farking hate it here and am trying to get the fark out.
 
2013-02-01 08:54:06 AM
I live in DC and grew up in NC...and can honestly say I'm happy to "freak out" over an inch of snow. I don't want to live in a place that constantly gets multiple feet of snow. Snow was fun as a kid when it meant school was closed and we got to go sledding...now it just means dealing with it while trying to get to work.

I'll take hurricanes any day.
 
2013-02-01 08:54:49 AM
Seriously... everyone on fark is a master driver in snow. I bet when it snows 2 ft, you guys just plow through the snow with your honda civics.

//Lived in Alaska
///Drove in the 2011 groundhog blizzard near chicago
 
2013-02-01 08:55:46 AM

eiger: When I was a kid I lived in far northern Canada. One time it snowed 1 ft/s for five days straight! We didn't even blink an eye!


I read about that storm - the great 82 mile high snowmageddon.  (Sure, but drifts were over 200 miles high)
 
2013-02-01 09:08:46 AM

SlothB77: Not even an inch.  It is a dusting on grassy areas and no accumulation on paved surfaces.  And now the clouds have moved away and the skies are clear.


Sounds like enough for Arlington to close school for the day.
 
2013-02-01 09:09:52 AM

Alonjar: Also... farkers choose to move back to Virginia?!!!?


It's the black hole of the East Coast. And, if you are native born, you are compeled. Like a salmon trying to spawn
 
2013-02-01 09:09:58 AM

teylix: Seriously... everyone on fark is a master driver in snow. I bet when it snows 2 ft, you guys just plow through the snow with your honda civics.

//Lived in Alaska
///Drove in the 2011 groundhog blizzard near chicago


The hilarious thing is that right now in Chicago (or at least the far SW suburbs) there's about 1/4" of snow on the ground (if that) and the temperature is about 2° F. It's been almost a full year since there was meaningful snow on the ground, and we haven't had a real blizzard since the 2011 storm.

/still gets a huge kick over Shaggy_C and his epic revenge against an illegally parked, entitled douchebag
 
2013-02-01 09:10:16 AM
It's not the drivers in DC that's the problem. Denizens of the District don't drive on snow days, it's the non-taxpaying leeches from the 'burbs that cause the problems.
 
2013-02-01 09:15:44 AM

Englebert Slaptyback: Cer10Death

I live in the DMV. STFU. I was just out. The roads are a sheet of ice.


If you live there, STFU and go get my new registration.


Order on line. DMVNOW.com.
 
2013-02-01 09:19:07 AM
A quarter inch of snow!? Shut down everything!
 
2013-02-01 09:19:16 AM

dc0012c: It's not the drivers in DC that's the problem. Denizens of the District don't drive on snow days, it's the non-taxpaying leeches from the 'burbs that cause the problems.


Without us "non-taxpaying leeches" and the money we bring to DC every stinking day, DC would be an even bigger shiat hole. And we pay plenty of taxes. We pay taxes for farking plastic bags at the store...and every thing else.
 
2013-02-01 09:21:10 AM

teylix: Seriously... everyone on fark is a master driver in snow. I bet when it snows 2 ft, you guys just plow through the snow with your honda civics.

//Lived in Alaska
///Drove in the 2011 groundhog blizzard near chicago


It was 17 inches, and in a Sentra not a Civic.
 
2013-02-01 09:27:13 AM

GRCooper: ristst: Roukzeptea23: And DC drivers need to get their stuff together, like you said. Being a moron doesn't make it better. :(

I lived in DC for 3 yrs, and DC drivers obey traffic laws just fine.

It's just that the traffic laws they obey are from their home country.

Nailed it!

If your sphincter doesn't twitch when you see diplomatic plates, you've never driven in DC


Full on agreement here! Bravo.

My Indian neighbor has wrecked three new Camrys in the last 6 months. How she got a license is beyond me. She's back into another neighbor's car six times to where the neighbor signed a citation against her for careless driving.
 
2013-02-01 09:40:54 AM

Cer10Death: GRCooper: ristst: Roukzeptea23: And DC drivers need to get their stuff together, like you said. Being a moron doesn't make it better. :(

I lived in DC for 3 yrs, and DC drivers obey traffic laws just fine.

It's just that the traffic laws they obey are from their home country.

Nailed it!

If your sphincter doesn't twitch when you see diplomatic plates, you've never driven in DC

Full on agreement here! Bravo.

My Indian neighbor has wrecked three new Camrys in the last 6 months. How she got a license is beyond me. She's back into another neighbor's car six times to where the neighbor signed a citation against her for careless driving.



Maybe it's confirmation bias, but those people are TERRIBLE drivers.

/Camry drivers....what did you think I meant??
 
2013-02-01 09:42:41 AM

KatjaMouse: As someone who grew up in a DC suburb and moved back after college I can tell you that natives can drive just fine. It's everyone else who brought their bad habits with them that sucks. Remember, this region is filled with transplants.


This right here. All those transplants from the West Coast, Texas, the South etc just muck everything up.
 
2013-02-01 09:55:05 AM
i865.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-01 09:57:01 AM
It's brutal out there right now.
i48.tinypic.com
 
2013-02-01 10:09:00 AM

foo monkey: JollyMagistrate: Speaking as a Floridian, one inch of snow can be seriously damaging if you are not equipped for it as a municipality and very dangerous if the majority of your citizens have no idea how to handle it.

Sandy was a nothing hurricane for Florida, but put it up in New York and it is a serious disaster. Local context is very important.

I was going to ask if you're retarded, but I see you're volunteering the fact you're from Florida.


Sandy was large in diameter but only a Category 2 at worst, and barely a 1 when it hit NY. As I stated up-thread I grew up in NY, and still have several relatives in The City or on The Island. (And an uncle in NJ, but we don't speak of him)

The only reason Sandy had such an impact up there was the lack of infrastructure designed to deal with a storm surge/beach erosion, just as the South suffers in snow because it is not practical for them to keep the equipment around for a bi-yearly large storm.

In the Navy I was stationed in Norfolk, VA and Charleston, SC, and since i got out have been living in NC. If Sandy had hit down here the worst result would have been no bread/milk in the grocer and a line at the gas station for people filling up their generators, just in case. (longest I ever lost power for a hurricane was about 10 hours, and still had to go to work the next day) Although I admit the worst one I've experienced was only a Cat. 3. (eye went right over our house in Virginia Beach, very cool sight)
 
2013-02-01 10:12:36 AM

HotIgneous Intruder: /In Nova, traffic gets snarled because of low-angle  sunshine.
//No joke.


You ain't kiddin. When I worked in DC, I always hoped for overcast skies with no precipitation. Traffic was usually OK on those days. Sunshine or rain, and it was a hot mess.
 
2013-02-01 10:16:08 AM

MrBallou: It's brutal out there right now.
[i48.tinypic.com image 407x540]


farking hilarious.  My girlfriend woke me up screaming that I should leave for work at least 2 hours early cuz of all the snow out there.  I looked out my window and I see more snow on my car than in my front yard.
 
2013-02-01 10:16:58 AM

Fubegra: Shaggy


That was awesome, thx.
 
2013-02-01 10:31:40 AM

SurfaceTension: About 90% of the drivers here are from other parts of the world. Many have no clue how to drive in snow, so even the littlest accumulation does have that effect.


DING DING DING

High school Spanish served me well on Monday afternoon to overhear a conversation as I was walking past a driveway: "Is this your first time driving in the snow?" "No, I did last year too."

...is this where I brag about leaving my car parked every day and taking either bus or metro to the office, depending on whether commutageddon is in the forecast? Racking up 4k miles a year on the odometer is a beautiful thing.
 
2013-02-01 10:35:47 AM

C0rf: ...is this where I brag about leaving my car parked every day and taking either bus or metro to the office, depending on whether commutageddon is in the forecast? Racking up 4k miles a year on the odometer is a beautiful thing.


Only if I can brag about working in an office where I get to telework anytime inclement weather is forecast.
 
2013-02-01 10:37:45 AM

Endive Wombat: Lots of disposable income in the DC area means people by big fancy cars "With Traction Control™" (BMW, Audi, Mercedes) or giant SUVs/Pick-Ups with 4x4 and for some reason think that because their car was marketed to them has having auto sensing stability control and 4 wheel drive that means they can drive as they normally do if not harder and the car will take care of itself.

tl;dr - People are idiots


Several years ago I had to go to work in my little econobox, even though the Beltway was unplowed and snow was still coming down. I was driving cautiously (or timidly, depending on your perspective), and got to the worksite safely. While on the Beltway I saw at least one SUV that had run off the road.

/The schadenfreude was delicious.
 
2013-02-01 10:38:48 AM

cousndick: MrBallou: It's brutal out there right now.
[i48.tinypic.com image 407x540]

farking hilarious.  My girlfriend woke me up screaming that I should leave for work at least 2 hours early cuz of all the snow out there.  I looked out my window and I see more snow on my car than in my front yard.


To be fair, there was an icy patch on one of the sidewalks. Somebody might have been seriously hurt, but the NIH groundskeepers got on it quickly.
 
2013-02-01 10:44:02 AM
I remember in college driving a girl around from Miami who was new to the mountains and never saw snow before.  We backed out of a parking spot at her apartment complex and she freaked the fark out when the snow crunched in the tires.


/She was really pissed when I did a deliberate slide in her parking lot.
//"Relax - you don't need to panic until I do."
 
2013-02-01 11:08:57 AM

j.lunatic: Endive Wombat: Lots of disposable income in the DC area means people by big fancy cars "With Traction Control™" (BMW, Audi, Mercedes) or giant SUVs/Pick-Ups with 4x4 and for some reason think that because their car was marketed to them has having auto sensing stability control and 4 wheel drive that means they can drive as they normally do if not harder and the car will take care of itself.

tl;dr - People are idiots

Several years ago I had to go to work in my little econobox, even though the Beltway was unplowed and snow was still coming down. I was driving cautiously (or timidly, depending on your perspective), and got to the worksite safely. While on the Beltway I saw at least one SUV that had run off the road.

/The schadenfreude was delicious.


My first year I moved out here, that winter I am driving slow and cautiously and H2 is riding my ass.  He passes me on the right, honks and flips me off.  It was snowing, not too hard, but there was prob an inch on the ground and there was no salt or plowing yet.  About 8 minutes and 3 miles later, Mr. Douche H2 has spun out and ended up down in the lane separator (ditch) that separates east and west traffic on rt 7 in Sterling.  I rolled down my window as I passed him slowly, honking my horn and yelling "WOOT! WOOT, NICE JOB DOUCHE BAG!!!"
 
2013-02-01 11:37:11 AM
So I used to live in the DC area and I would just like to say that the snow that falls in the NOVA,DC and Maryland area isn't like snow that falls farther north - its really wet and can create really slippery roads. When I moved to MA I realized that the snow that falls farther north is dry and is NBD to drive on. However people in DC really don't know how to drive in the snow.

I remember driving on the beltway in a snow flurry and I'm driving at a reasonable rate for the conditions and some lady in an SUV blows past me at 80. The SUV/AWD owners all think that their car is magic and the laws of physics don't apply to them.
 
2013-02-01 11:37:28 AM
I expected the morning commute to be cake today here in northern Virginia.    16 minutes to the office, trivial amount of snow.   I was surprised to discover that the tire tracks were not clear areas, they were black ice, I slid through an intersection as the light turned red at the breakneck speed of 7 miles per hour, unable to stop and the traction control not helping.   We've had school closings over scary clouds in this area sometimes, but today was actually dangerous, and schools opened on time.
 
2013-02-01 12:00:20 PM
I grew up in a part of PA that had pretty bad winters, and learned how to deal with them.  I transplanted to the DC suburbs (Northern Virginia) back in '89.

I can categorically state that everything you hear about drivers in this region being utterly incapable of dealing with more than two flakes is all too true.  (Some of us hypothesize that a big part of it is that so many folks here are transplants from other parts of the US, and also from around the world.  The theory is that folks decide they can't stand their local idiots any more, so they ship them to Washington, and we end up with everyone's unwanted loonies.)

And yet...

I have to give some credit where it's due.  I have seen this place go into a hilarious panic over a quarter inch of snow, but when we had the winter of 2009-2010, and got *three* foot-and-a-half to two-foot snowstorms, the latter two only about a week apart - for once, this area got its act together.  They may not have handled it as well as Buffalo, NY, but it was drastically better than anything I had ever seen here before (or since).  Road crews and drivers alike for once did a creditable job of dealing with it.  Kudos.
 
2013-02-01 12:31:35 PM
I got a text at 630 am telling me the bible thumper I work with was going to be out "sick". Her family probaly guilted her into taking care of all their kids. I had to leave 2 hours early. It usually takes me about an hour to get to work from Germantown to Hanover which is about 40 miles. Took me 2 hours to get there. Funny thing was the closer I got to work the better the roads were and the traffic was worse. Did see a bunch of wipeouts on the side of the road. And my company dosent understand why I am waiting for an account closer to home to get promoted.
 
2013-02-01 12:39:39 PM

Rhypskallion: I expected the morning commute to be cake today here in northern Virginia.    16 minutes to the office, trivial amount of snow.   I was surprised to discover that the tire tracks were not clear areas, they were black ice, I slid through an intersection as the light turned red at the breakneck speed of 7 miles per hour, unable to stop and the traction control not helping.   We've had school closings over scary clouds in this area sometimes, but today was actually dangerous, and schools opened on time.


And that's the danger. It was 70 degrees less than 48 hours ago. The first snow hits the pavement melts and refreezes, then snow accumulates on top of that. We don't get patches of ice, we get a coating of ice with some snow on top.

If you're a Finnish rally driver you can talk to me about how geat you are on ice, but your 3 feet of lake effect snow experience doesn't translate, yankee.
 
2013-02-01 12:43:06 PM
But, WTF, they never cancelled school because the weather *might* be bad when I was a kid. I'm sure the ratio of lawyers to humans in DC has something to do with it
 
2013-02-01 01:14:53 PM
Sad facts: Total accumulation was a quarter of an inch.  And it still managed to bring 95 to its knees all day.
 
2013-02-01 01:16:50 PM
I'm a New Yorker, but I was in DC once for a "snow storm".  Co-worker stared dumbfounded out the window and said "Oh my god, it's a blizzard!  The city's going to shut down!!"  I glanced out the window and said "I wouldn't even slow down for this."

/CSB
 
2013-02-01 01:26:11 PM

Phoenix87ta: I'm a New Yorker, but I was in DC once for a "snow storm".  Co-worker stared dumbfounded out the window and said "Oh my god, it's a blizzard!  The city's going to shut down!!"  I glanced out the window and said "I wouldn't even slow down for this."

/CSB


New Yorkers are tough and gritty. So gritty that they don't even need sand trucks.
 
2013-02-01 02:50:48 PM
I love all you people from snowier climes making fun of us native DCers for all the snow hysteria. If you're hometown is so great what are you doing here.

/Don't let the door hit you
 
2013-02-01 02:50:50 PM

Endive Wombat: My first year I moved out here, that winter I am driving slow and cautiously and H2 is riding my ass. He passes me on the right, honks and flips me off. It was snowing, not too hard, but there was prob an inch on the ground and there was no salt or plowing yet. About 8 minutes and 3 miles later, Mr. Douche H2 has spun out and ended up down in the lane separator (ditch) that separates east and west traffic on rt 7 in Sterling. I rolled down my window as I passed him slowly, honking my horn and yelling "WOOT! WOOT, NICE JOB DOUCHE BAG!!!"


That is always satisfying and delicious.
 
2013-02-01 03:02:05 PM
I had the luck of flying into DC for work the morning before Snowmageddon happened a few years back. When I got my rental car, it had just begun to snow decently. I had never been to DC/NoVA before, so I didn't know what to expect. Then I found out that people from Virginia suck at driving in the snow. And c'mon, using loaders to clear the streets? lol. I ended up having to dig my rental car out of the snow that next evening after a yard+ of it had fallen and having the DC streets completely to myself. That was really kinda fun.
 
2013-02-01 03:21:06 PM
It's not so much the snow being a problem in the DC area. It's the idiot drivers acting like they can drive like it's normal conditions then they cause an accident and fark up everything for everyone. About 3 good accidents in the right areas can really screw things up here. Anywhere on the beltway, 50, 270, 95, 495, 66 GW & BW parkways and you can screw up stuff all over.
 
2013-02-01 03:38:28 PM

OneMHz: Sad facts: Total accumulation was a quarter of an inch.  And it still managed to bring 95 to its knees all day.


As opposed to every single other day when 95 is a well oiled speedy machine?

I've lived all over, and 80% of drivers suck, but they suck in the same local way. If you think drivers from your area are awesome - guess what, you're in the 80%, you just don't notice cuz you suck in the same way everyone around you does.
 
2013-02-01 05:56:34 PM
The weather in the DC area has been crazy, and the weather teams are calling for disaster too early. I woke up early this morning and I saw that it was snowing, but it did not last long. When I went out at 10am it was sunny and there was roughly an inch of snow in my car, and the sidewalks were dry. Driving was a breeze although it stayed in the 20s all day.

Two days ago it was in the 70s. Mother Nature is having fun I see.
 
2013-02-01 08:02:10 PM
Same old story. People from around here can't drive in snow. People from colder areas are the world's bestest ever drivers. What about bread and milk? Why doesn't the government do something? Never let the government fix anything it will only get worse. Nobody can drive like I do. Piffle.
 
2013-02-01 09:28:05 PM
First, why anyone in the DC area gets their weather from anyone but the Capital Weather Gang is beyond me.  They do get it wrong sometimes, but they'll admit it and explain what happened.

I was a bit surprised the schools didn't call for a delay this morning, but my commute down Richmond Highway (near Mount Vernon) was pretty normal.  I have one co-worker who freaks out at even the most remote possibility of snow.  She's come in late or called in sick every day that we've had even a 20% of snow.  I guess I should be glad she's not on the roads, but I end up having to pick up her slack.
 
2013-02-01 10:11:29 PM

MrBallou: Phoenix87ta: I'm a New Yorker, but I was in DC once for a "snow storm".  Co-worker stared dumbfounded out the window and said "Oh my god, it's a blizzard!  The city's going to shut down!!"  I glanced out the window and said "I wouldn't even slow down for this."

/CSB

New Yorkers are tough and gritty. So gritty that they don't even need sand trucks.


Nope.  We just spread salt all over the road, causing the resale value of our cars to plummet.
 
2013-02-02 04:07:37 AM

Gleeman: Snow? Meh, you should see Southern California drivers trying to drive in the rain.

I grew up in Upstate NY and have no problem driving in rain/snow/sleet/etc. We had to get more than 6" of snow or they wouldn't cancel school, just put chains on the bus tires. In San Diego drivers would go off the road during a rain shower. Scary stuff.

/of course you could go literally months without rain there at times


One inch of snow in central Nova Scotia translates to "Find me a broom, woman, gotta sweep off the car before we go to Sobeys."
 
Displayed 111 of 111 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report