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(The Weather Channel)   "Don't be Atlanta" says Portland DOT   (weather.com) divider line 105
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2014-02-06 06:21:53 PM  
We might be shiat drivers in the snow but at least we have plows.

*peeks out the window*

Wow, everything is white as far as the eye can see. I could still see patches of grass a half hour ago. Glad I don't have to go anywhere tonight.
 
2014-02-06 06:26:05 PM  
 
2014-02-06 06:26:48 PM  
Everyone here is either a lesbian in a subaru or a hipster on a fixie (and they don't have jobs to ride home from anyway) - we'll be fine.  The bigger news story is I'm going to Tucson tomorrow for the weekend.  Suck it fellow rainpeople snowpeople.

/Going to watch the Timbers vs. Sounders game
//PTFC!!!!
 
2014-02-06 06:28:01 PM  

fusillade762: Oops. Too late.

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After 20-car pileup on I-5 near Albany, one Southbound lane open


My office is down in Corvallis/Albany area - they shut it down at 1pm but they were all stuck there since I-5 is a parking lot up into Salem.

/work from home in PDX, much nicer than Albany
 
2014-02-06 06:30:48 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: fusillade762: Oops. Too late.

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After 20-car pileup on I-5 near Albany, one Southbound lane open

My office is down in Corvallis/Albany area - they shut it down at 1pm but they were all stuck there since I-5 is a parking lot up into Salem.

/work from home in PDX, much nicer than Albany



Lives up on the hill overlooking Portland.  No way I am driving down.  I get ice and snow before the ground level stuff, and we're all stitched up in this hood.  Not enough traffic for the roads to melt the ice.

/consolation prize:  snow ice cream tonight
 
2014-02-06 06:31:35 PM  
Yeah Atlanta choked harder in the snow than Denver did in the Superb Owl
 
2014-02-06 06:31:38 PM  
About half my coworkers at Intel left by noon.  I decided to leave early as well.

The snow just keeps on falling....
 
2014-02-06 06:34:14 PM  

fusillade762: Oops. Too late.

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After 20-car pileup on I-5 near Albany, one Southbound lane open


I thought Portland had good mass transit to all the suburbs, so no one had to drive?  Have I been lied to all this time?

/And compared to what I've heard about Seattle, a single pileup sounds pretty good.
 
2014-02-06 06:36:17 PM  
Came for the crappy video "we're not Detroit", leaving dissatisfied...
 
2014-02-06 06:36:20 PM  
Too late.

meyerkev: fusillade762: Oops. Too late.

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After 20-car pileup on I-5 near Albany, one Southbound lane open

I thought Portland had good mass transit to all the suburbs, so no one had to drive?  Have I been lied to all this time?

/And compared to what I've heard about Seattle, a single pileup sounds pretty good.


Albany's about 1.5 hours south
 
2014-02-06 06:36:47 PM  
Go be Atlanta somewhere else.
 
2014-02-06 06:37:15 PM  

Welcome to Atlanta.

The "that guy" of cities.

Remember.

Don't be that guy.

2.bp.blogspot.com

Be some other kind of douchebag city.

 
2014-02-06 06:37:45 PM  
So they're still farking the "name the winter storms" chicken. Which is worse: TWC's winter storm schtick, or ESPN's "Total QBR" mystery numbers?
 
2014-02-06 06:38:21 PM  

fusillade762: everything is white as far as the eye can see


Portland is like that all year round, ya know

i1277.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-06 06:38:46 PM  
Here South of Albuquerque, this morning we had 2" of snow, made everything start 2 hours late. Driving to the next village, saw 2a couple guys on bikes, riding through the snow.Poor bastards.
 
2014-02-06 06:41:30 PM  
Eugene is vacillating between shutdown and everything's fine, because it's going snow, clear, rain, snow, clear, ice rain.

I took off of work after lunch when I saw it really coming down, and we walked to the school to get the kids.  The principal thanked us, because they didn't want to actually send the kids home on the bus, but after they chained up the buses, it wasn't that bad.

Although two of the buses were late getting to the school....
 
2014-02-06 06:42:38 PM  
Are you nuts? Atlanta is a babe! I'd snap her wires anytime!

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2014-02-06 06:44:12 PM  
The current view from my porch.

i57.tinypic.com
 
2014-02-06 06:44:19 PM  
If you feel the wheels slide lift off the gas. The brakes, they do nothing. Oh yeah, you're already driving too fast.
 
2014-02-06 06:49:32 PM  
God obviously hates the South. Who can blame him/her/it.
 
2014-02-06 06:53:14 PM  

fusillade762: The current view from my porch.

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Well, that's purrty.

Not a single flake up here (I'm just north of downtown Seattle) but luckily I can telecommute just about whenever the fark I want if need be.
 
2014-02-06 06:55:25 PM  
For all the little quirks and weirdos Portland has, they have more sense than Atlanta.
 
2014-02-06 06:55:49 PM  
I live 30 miles east of Portland, and run the snow removal operation at a historic landmark on Mount Hood.  The last significant snowfall in Portland, and or west of the Cascades, was in December of 2008.  That's a long time between snow driving practice sessions.     I prefer empty roads, and 4am.  I drive in snow nearly 9 months of the year.  Follow the rules, such as chains or snow tires.  No, you can't drive 70mph in a Subaru with bald tires on ice.  No, this is not 4 lanes downhill, it's 2 uphill, and 1 downhill, with a chain up lane on the uphill side, and the chain removal area on the downhill side.  No, you can't see where you are driving with 2 tons of snow on your front and rear windows.  No, looking at your tires and wheels after you are stuck will not solve your problem..  If you have never driven in snow, heading for the mountains in a raging blizzard, with your bald ass tires and your 24" rims isn't the best idea.
 
2014-02-06 06:57:54 PM  
I get to drive through Portland to Spokane tomorrow. Hopefully, everyone takes a snow day tomorrow, but leaving early just in case. Was something like -4 in Spokane this morning. Be a fun trip.
 
2014-02-06 07:08:02 PM  
I'll say this, the Atlanta bastards had ice. Snow is fairly simple to navigate in. Slow your dumb ass down and be aware of the 'tard in front of you.
 
2014-02-06 07:08:55 PM  
Wish we'd get some of that up here in Seattle.
 
2014-02-06 07:09:13 PM  
Oh hey, an advanced driving trick. If you find yourself sliding downhill into an intersection with the brakes locked up - shift into reverse and hammer it, and hope someone gets it on Youtube. Someone might slam into your rear end, but that's what they get for following too closely.
 
2014-02-06 07:09:21 PM  

fusillade762: The current view from my porch.

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Sweet, nice dusting you guys have.
 
2014-02-06 07:10:39 PM  

4.bp.blogspot.com


Never go full Atlanta

 
2014-02-06 07:10:43 PM  

fusillade762: The current view from my porch.

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Only two lamps. Not much of a current view.
 
2014-02-06 07:12:46 PM  

Old enough to know better: Wish we'd get some of that up here in Seattle.


Some snow would be nice but I prefer "cold and try" to our normal "slush everywhere" pattern
 
2014-02-06 07:13:07 PM  
The headline applies to you too, Eugene/Springfield area. SLOW THE HELL DOWN! That white stuff on the roads is slippery, idiots.

Went grocery shopping today (via taxi) so we wouldn't get caught short on food/necessities as we were back in December. Back then our apartment complex's parking lot turned into a skating rink, and if this keeps up it will happen again.
 
2014-02-06 07:14:46 PM  

coolEye: I live 30 miles east of Portland, and run the snow removal operation at a historic landmark on Mount Hood.


Thank you, on behalf of all of us who love that landmark and the related snow sports area, that is a big job.  No offense, but here's hoping you have to deal with another 150 inches before it warms up.
 
2014-02-06 07:14:57 PM  
Every city should strive to "Don't be Atlanta".  Year round.
 
2014-02-06 07:17:39 PM  

meyerkev: I thought Portland had good mass transit to all the suburbs, so no one had to drive?  Have I been lied to all this time?

/And compared to what I've heard about Seattle, a single pileup sounds pretty good.


The light rail system is ok so if you live close to Max it works out. Our bus system isn't great.

Of course these are the system alerts I have gotten from Trimet today:
12:04 PM: Weather conditions may affect TriMet service today. Many buses will be chained and cannot exceed 25 mph, so expect delays. Check the Service Alerts page for service details.
Ok, I'm good, just the buses being slowed down.

2:33 PM: Weather conditions and heavy traffic are causing major delays throughout the system. Plan extra travel time.
Still good, traffic doesn't bother the trains.

3:43 PM: MAX lines are delayed due to a switch issue on the Steel Bridge. Trains are getting across the bridge, but there are delays. Due to the switch issue, MAX Green and Yellow Lines are running on 1st Ave, and Morrison and Yamhill. Riders can transfer near Pioneer Courthouse Square to a train looping the Transit Mall on 5th and 6th or to regular bus service on the Transit Mall.
CRAP!
 
2014-02-06 07:24:32 PM  

blatz514: I'll say this, the Atlanta bastards had ice. Snow is fairly simple to navigate in. Slow your dumb ass down and be aware of the 'tard in front of you.


We'll probably have ice on Saturday. Atlanta doesn't have the hills Portland has, but they have people that have never driven in snow either. I moved from Oregon to spend a few years in S. Carolina a couple decades ago. They had a major snowstorm of ice with a 1/2 inch of snow on top - just a dusting. There was an empty part of the parking lot at work when I got there and did a couple minor cookies and then parked. Those guys had hardly ever seen snow, let alone drive in it - I almost got fired for being so unsafe. They had never seen or even thought about cutting cookies in the snow. They were serious and I couldn't stop busting up. I was 10 minutes into my op check before realizing I was on thin ice, lol. Was never so glad to move back home.
 
2014-02-06 07:25:51 PM  
I have been to Portland once, (does math) ... dang I am old. Anyway, I really liked it, but a friend from there pointed out that they get snow about as often as Atlanta, and the results can be remarkably similar. Good luck, we're all counting on you.
 
2014-02-06 07:27:35 PM  
I thought the Mayor of Portland hated Seattle, not Atlanta...

Of course, as this lady said, Portland's not a real city anyhow.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-06 07:28:01 PM  
West Salem, Oregon here...YIPPEE!
 
2014-02-06 07:30:11 PM  
Drove to Eugene and back. No problems. Saw someone spin out and went into the ditch.


/got a 4x4
//drove across USA in the dead of the winter about half dozen time in the last 10 years and never had a problem.
 
2014-02-06 07:30:46 PM  

Unobtanium: Anyway, I really liked it, but a friend from there pointed out that they get snow about as often as Atlanta, and the results can be remarkably similar. Good luck, we're all counting on you.


A couple people have mentioned it already, but the extra layer of ZOMG with a major winter even in the NW are the existence of steep hills...everywhere...even in the urban areas.

A little bit of ice just about anywhere is bad. A little bit of ice in an area where you can't travel across two intersections w/o a noticeable incline/decline grade? Worse.
 
2014-02-06 07:30:53 PM  

Ficoce: blatz514: I'll say this, the Atlanta bastards had ice. Snow is fairly simple to navigate in. Slow your dumb ass down and be aware of the 'tard in front of you.

We'll probably have ice on Saturday. Atlanta doesn't have the hills Portland has, but they have people that have never driven in snow either. I moved from Oregon to spend a few years in S. Carolina a couple decades ago. They had a major snowstorm of ice with a 1/2 inch of snow on top - just a dusting. There was an empty part of the parking lot at work when I got there and did a couple minor cookies and then parked. Those guys had hardly ever seen snow, let alone drive in it - I almost got fired for being so unsafe. They had never seen or even thought about cutting cookies in the snow. They were serious and I couldn't stop busting up. I was 10 minutes into my op check before realizing I was on thin ice, lol. Was never so glad to move back home.


"Cookies"?  We called them donuts back in Michigan - I would have never guessed it had regional variations.

/the one that always drove me nuts was toques - in NC they called them toboggans.
//a toboggan is a farking sled not a knit hat you southern twits!
 
2014-02-06 07:32:12 PM  

secularsage: I thought the Mayor of Portland hated Seattle, not Atlanta...

Of course, as this lady said, Portland's not a real city anyhow.

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2014-02-06 07:32:25 PM  
That's good advice for any city
 
2014-02-06 07:32:44 PM  
make that "...major winter evenT..."

As you can see, I have mad typing skills.
 
2014-02-06 07:34:03 PM  

Killer Cars: Unobtanium: Anyway, I really liked it, but a friend from there pointed out that they get snow about as often as Atlanta, and the results can be remarkably similar. Good luck, we're all counting on you.

A couple people have mentioned it already, but the extra layer of ZOMG with a major winter even in the NW are the existence of steep hills...everywhere...even in the urban areas.

A little bit of ice just about anywhere is bad. A little bit of ice in an area where you can't travel across two intersections w/o a noticeable incline/decline grade? Worse.


This gets pulled out every year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXnIqxyyBNI

It's hard to tell but the incline is incredibly steep on the road in view.
 
2014-02-06 07:34:56 PM  
I've driven from Edmonton to Calgary in a snowstorm.

It was an easier (and quicker) trip than getting home last Tuesday in Atlanta.
 
2014-02-06 07:35:43 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Ficoce: blatz514: I'll say this, the Atlanta bastards had ice. Snow is fairly simple to navigate in. Slow your dumb ass down and be aware of the 'tard in front of you.

We'll probably have ice on Saturday. Atlanta doesn't have the hills Portland has, but they have people that have never driven in snow either. I moved from Oregon to spend a few years in S. Carolina a couple decades ago. They had a major snowstorm of ice with a 1/2 inch of snow on top - just a dusting. There was an empty part of the parking lot at work when I got there and did a couple minor cookies and then parked. Those guys had hardly ever seen snow, let alone drive in it - I almost got fired for being so unsafe. They had never seen or even thought about cutting cookies in the snow. They were serious and I couldn't stop busting up. I was 10 minutes into my op check before realizing I was on thin ice, lol. Was never so glad to move back home.

"Cookies"?  We called them donuts back in Michigan - I would have never guessed it had regional variations.

/the one that always drove me nuts was toques - in NC they called them toboggans.
//a toboggan is a farking sled not a knit hat you southern twits!


Yeah, there's another name for it, too. Can't think what it is. Toques? Never heard of that. It's a wonder we can communicate at all.
 
2014-02-06 07:39:36 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: The headline applies to you too, Eugene/Springfield area. SLOW THE HELL DOWN! That white stuff on the roads is slippery, idiots.

Went grocery shopping today (via taxi) so we wouldn't get caught short on food/necessities as we were back in December. Back then our apartment complex's parking lot turned into a skating rink, and if this keeps up it will happen again.


I see the driving culture down there hasn't changed that much since the 90's....

/ survived a few near-collisions on Beltline back in the day ( speeding drivers who don't signal lane changes...)
 
2014-02-06 07:40:10 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Killer Cars: Unobtanium: Anyway, I really liked it, but a friend from there pointed out that they get snow about as often as Atlanta, and the results can be remarkably similar. Good luck, we're all counting on you.

A couple people have mentioned it already, but the extra layer of ZOMG with a major winter even in the NW are the existence of steep hills...everywhere...even in the urban areas.

A little bit of ice just about anywhere is bad. A little bit of ice in an area where you can't travel across two intersections w/o a noticeable incline/decline grade? Worse.

This gets pulled out every year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXnIqxyyBNI

It's hard to tell but the incline is incredibly steep on the road in view.


A good portion of my neighborhood is at 9-10%+  grade for significant lengths at a time along with seriously narrow and serpentine roads.  Best to stay in unless prepared.  (we have a quite a few drop offs too of 50-100ft.)
 
2014-02-06 07:41:34 PM  

fusillade762: The current view from my porch.

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Wow,  very pretty.  Hope you get a good snowball fight in!
 
2014-02-06 07:42:06 PM  
Have Jeep, will travel.
 
2014-02-06 07:44:10 PM  

fusillade762: The current view from my porch.

[i57.tinypic.com image 850x637]


Hard to tell with the snow, but is that a Japanese inspired garden?
 
2014-02-06 07:44:19 PM  
Whippin' shiatties here.
 
2014-02-06 07:44:50 PM  
Eugene here.  Loving it!  I hope it stays a few days.
 
2014-02-06 07:46:24 PM  
I wonder if the people that were posting satellite images of a nearly snow-free Rocky Mountains last week will update after this storm rolls through.

/nah, wouldn't fit the AGW narrative
 
2014-02-06 07:50:57 PM  

Tatterdemalian: I wonder if the people that were posting satellite images of a nearly snow-free Rocky Mountains last week will update after this storm rolls through.

/nah, wouldn't fit the AGW narrative


Do you mean the Sierra's? And by last week do you mean yesterday?

Good luck Portland. Don't be Atlanta. I've always been amazed at people's bad snow driving. I learned to drive when I lived at 6000 feet elevation in the Sierra's... steep ass hills, two to four feet of snow and massive drop offs on the side of the twisty road are damn good learning tools.
 
2014-02-06 07:57:16 PM  
It's blowing pretty good, too, if you get my drift...I mean really, I'll be shovelling that mfer come tomorrow morning.

The sidewalk on the other side of the street has been blown clear, though.  Just my luck - they've got a clear sidewalk and I get eight inches of drift for every two inches of accum.
 
2014-02-06 07:57:26 PM  

Fubegra: So they're still farking the "name the winter storms" chicken. Which is worse: TWC's winter storm schtick, or ESPN's "Total QBR" mystery numbers?


Winter Storm Tebow is the most powerful storm since Winter Storm since Winter Storm Leaf.
 
2014-02-06 08:06:27 PM  

Killer Cars: fusillade762: The current view from my porch.

[i57.tinypic.com image 850x637]

Well, that's purrty.

Not a single flake up here (I'm just north of downtown Seattle) but luckily I can telecommute just about whenever the fark I want if need be.


I love when it snows before the commute. Wide open freeways and half of my office stays home.

Washington is getting screwed for snow this year.
 
2014-02-06 08:07:50 PM  
We're at about four inches now since noon in my part of town.  Still coming down strong.
 
2014-02-06 08:08:16 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad:   The bigger news story is I'm going to Tucson tomorrow for the weekend.  Suck it fellow rainpeople snowpeople.


I love Tucson.

Have you figured out where you're going to eat while you're there?  Bars to visit, etc.?  'Cause I have some recommendations...
 
2014-02-06 08:14:25 PM  

crab66: Every city should strive to "Don't be Atlanta".  Year round.


The only two cities worse than Atlanta are Detroit and Baltimore, right?

/just trying to keep the hierarchy straight
//lives in Atlanta
 
2014-02-06 08:17:24 PM  
detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: 

This gets pulled out every year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXnIqxyyBNI

It's hard to tell but the incline is incredibly steep on the road in view.


An oldie, but a goody.
 
2014-02-06 08:17:36 PM  
I thought Portland was already the whitest city in America?!
 
2014-02-06 08:19:46 PM  

uber humper: I thought Portland was already the whitest city in America?!


No, that would be Greenville, Texas.

/obscure?
//get off my lawn
 
2014-02-06 08:20:58 PM  
Left work at about Noon today.

Took an hour and 15 minutes to get home to Vantucky.

Roads weren't bad, drivers were.

We'll likely be closed tomorrow, I telecommute so I'll be working :/
 
2014-02-06 08:21:38 PM  

PluckYew: Left work at about Noon today.

Took an hour and 15 minutes to get home to Vantucky.

Roads weren't bad, drivers were.

We'll likely be closed tomorrow, I telecommute so I'll be working :/


Should clarify, I telecommute 4 days a week and go in 1 day.
 
2014-02-06 08:22:52 PM  

just_intonation: uber humper: I thought Portland was already the whitest city in America?!

No, that would be Greenville, Texas.

/obscure?
//get off my lawn


Not to me becuase I grew up pretty close to Greenville, but I don't follow what you're referencing?
 
2014-02-06 08:28:09 PM  
As a southwest Washingtonian, now in my 10th year in central Washington...I'm getting a kick etc etc etc.

The second the westside (of the cascades) sees a flake they freak out...but in their defense, they've already gotten enough snow to cover the grass in the area....which is more than I saw during snowmaggedon Atlanta.
They also wont put up with silliness like spending the night at the Walmart or getting friends to deliver food because they can't get their car moving...

Ficoce: I get to drive through Portland to Spokane tomorrow. Hopefully, everyone takes a snow day tomorrow, but leaving early just in case. Was something like -4 in Spokane this morning. Be a fun trip.


Good luck with the Gorge...watch out for wind gusts and black ice...no snow on the east side yet, but that's probably gonna change just in time for your trip.

/its pretty cold here in the burg.
 
2014-02-06 08:30:20 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Ficoce: blatz514: I'll say this, the Atlanta bastards had ice. Snow is fairly simple to navigate in. Slow your dumb ass down and be aware of the 'tard in front of you.

We'll probably have ice on Saturday. Atlanta doesn't have the hills Portland has, but they have people that have never driven in snow either. I moved from Oregon to spend a few years in S. Carolina a couple decades ago. They had a major snowstorm of ice with a 1/2 inch of snow on top - just a dusting. There was an empty part of the parking lot at work when I got there and did a couple minor cookies and then parked. Those guys had hardly ever seen snow, let alone drive in it - I almost got fired for being so unsafe. They had never seen or even thought about cutting cookies in the snow. They were serious and I couldn't stop busting up. I was 10 minutes into my op check before realizing I was on thin ice, lol. Was never so glad to move back home.

"Cookies"?  We called them donuts back in Michigan - I would have never guessed it had regional variations.


Oregon here; I've heard "cutting cookies", "doing donuts" and "pulling Brodies" (thus the "Brodie knob" attached to some steering wheels) ...  Any others?
 
2014-02-06 08:33:36 PM  

fusillade762: We might be shiat drivers in the snow but at least we have plows.

*peeks out the window*

Wow, everything is white as far as the eye can see. I could still see patches of grass a half hour ago. Glad I don't have to go anywhere tonight.


Having been through a few of these this winter, I wouldn't mind being Atlanta at all. It's where the bar is set at "pussy".
 
2014-02-06 08:52:15 PM  
Yeah, whatever.  I was able to get 4 days working from home last week in Atlanta and I wish it happened more often.  Experience will teach the morons who live around me how to prepare.
Oh and Portland, don't be a dick.
 
2014-02-06 08:53:26 PM  
 
2014-02-06 09:02:44 PM  
I've been using "Atlanta" as an adjective for a colossal farkup.

/It's one thing to have ice, it's another to do absolutely nothing to prepare for it
 
2014-02-06 09:08:31 PM  
I just moved to Portland from the east coast and it does seem like people are unfamiliar with this "snow" thing. Take an already slow and crappy Oregonian driver, put them on an un-plowed road, and watch the fun! Thank god I telecommute.
 
2014-02-06 09:09:54 PM  

Mrtraveler01: I've been using "Atlanta" as an adjective for a colossal farkup.

/It's one thing to have ice, it's another to do absolutely nothing to prepare for it


Meh, it's the South.

They get a storm like every 5 years, so there's no point spending money to have a massive infrastructure.

And in that particular case, the forecasts screwed up, so everyone went to work and then got stuck.

Compared to the hellish stories I've heard out of Seattle*, that's not bad (or at least better than I would expect).

*They get snow every year, and they're banned from using road salt or putting the blade all the way down (or so I've heard), so the net effect of plowing is to coat the entire city (and the previously mentioned hills) in an inch-thick coat of ice.  Combine it with more or less the worst traffic in the country, and hilarity ensues.
 
2014-02-06 09:25:10 PM  

Chimpasaurus: I just moved to Portland from the east coast and it does seem like people are unfamiliar with this "snow" thing. Take an already slow and crappy Oregonian driver, put them on an un-plowed road, and watch the fun! Thank god I telecommute.


To be fair, the majority of people who live here are from somewhere else...
 
2014-02-06 09:42:52 PM  

Billy Liar: Chimpasaurus: I just moved to Portland from the east coast and it does seem like people are unfamiliar with this "snow" thing. Take an already slow and crappy Oregonian driver, put them on an un-plowed road, and watch the fun! Thank god I telecommute.

To be fair, the majority of people who live here are from somewhere else...


Oh yea... that annoying state to the south. They are always welcome to go home.


/born and raise here
 
2014-02-06 09:43:25 PM  

Billy Liar: To be fair, the majority of people who live here are from somewhere else..


Then I guess all the horrible drivers from other states found there way to the Pacific Northwest. All the roads are 35-40mph and NO ONE goes above the speed limit (and they give you dirty looks if you do).
 
2014-02-06 09:50:36 PM  

Chimpasaurus: Billy Liar: To be fair, the majority of people who live here are from somewhere else..

Then I guess all the horrible drivers from other states found there way to the Pacific Northwest. All the roads are 35-40mph and NO ONE goes above the speed limit (and they give you dirty looks if you do).


Speed limit here are 55mph or 65 on the freeway.

 
2014-02-06 09:53:44 PM  
Unlikely. Hipsters aside, we're much smarter than that.
 
2014-02-06 09:53:56 PM  

Billy Liar: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Ficoce: blatz514: I'll say this, the Atlanta bastards had ice. Snow is fairly simple to navigate in. Slow your dumb ass down and be aware of the 'tard in front of you.

We'll probably have ice on Saturday. Atlanta doesn't have the hills Portland has, but they have people that have never driven in snow either. I moved from Oregon to spend a few years in S. Carolina a couple decades ago. They had a major snowstorm of ice with a 1/2 inch of snow on top - just a dusting. There was an empty part of the parking lot at work when I got there and did a couple minor cookies and then parked. Those guys had hardly ever seen snow, let alone drive in it - I almost got fired for being so unsafe. They had never seen or even thought about cutting cookies in the snow. They were serious and I couldn't stop busting up. I was 10 minutes into my op check before realizing I was on thin ice, lol. Was never so glad to move back home.

"Cookies"?  We called them donuts back in Michigan - I would have never guessed it had regional variations.

Oregon here; I've heard "cutting cookies", "doing donuts" and "pulling Brodies" (thus the "Brodie knob" attached to some steering wheels) ...  Any others?


In SE Nebraska you could also "whip kitties".
 
2014-02-06 09:58:57 PM  
Going the back road home, a truck was going so slow down the hill that it was causing the guy in the Jeep behind me to slide around. Those mud tires the Jeep had aren't really good in the packed snow.

/It was insane north of Portland today.
//Already had a fatality around the Battleground exit.
///Two and a half hours on a route that normally takes 15 minutes.
 
2014-02-06 10:15:44 PM  

Ficoce: blatz514: I'll say this, the Atlanta bastards had ice. Snow is fairly simple to navigate in. Slow your dumb ass down and be aware of the 'tard in front of you.

We'll probably have ice on Saturday. Atlanta doesn't have the hills Portland has, but they have people that have never driven in snow either.


I don't know Portland at all, but I have lived in the ATL for a while now, and lemme tell ya - we've got quite a few hills here, too.  But like I said, I don't know Portland, so...
 
2014-02-06 10:19:54 PM  

meyerkev: Mrtraveler01: I've been using "Atlanta" as an adjective for a colossal farkup.

/It's one thing to have ice, it's another to do absolutely nothing to prepare for it

Meh, it's the South.

They get a storm like every 5 years, so there's no point spending money to have a massive infrastructure.

And in that particular case, the forecasts screwed up, so everyone went to work and then got stuck.

Compared to the hellish stories I've heard out of Seattle*, that's not bad (or at least better than I would expect).

*They get snow every year, and they're banned from using road salt or putting the blade all the way down (or so I've heard), so the net effect of plowing is to coat the entire city (and the previously mentioned hills) in an inch-thick coat of ice.  Combine it with more or less the worst traffic in the country, and hilarity ensues.


You're false on all Seattle accounts, outside of the myriad of godawful Asian drivers. One year the idiot mayor suddenly decided that using salt on the roads was "bad for the environment and would pollute the sound." IT'S FARKING SALT WATER ALREADY, YOU IDIOT. That was also the year that it snowed a farkton and people were losing their minds and driving the wrong way on 405.

That being said, my dad works for ODOT, so I'm sure he was having a super fun day today.
 
2014-02-06 10:27:32 PM  
Atlanta has hotter chicks than Portland.
 
2014-02-06 10:30:30 PM  
I live in the Atlanta area and when it snows/ices up I am downright blessed to be able to email my manager "can't get up my street, working remote." She usually replies "good call."

Shiat on us all you want but I'll live here until the day I die. It's wonderful country.

/north of Atlanta
//Fulton county blows
 
2014-02-06 10:32:27 PM  

Chimpasaurus: I just moved to Portland from the east coast and it does seem like people are unfamiliar with this "snow" thing. Take an already slow and crappy Oregonian driver, put them on an un-plowed road, and watch the fun! Thank god I telecommute.


We've lucked out so far. The snow is really powdery, easy to drive on, and the news has reported only one fatality. Wait until tomorrow afternoon when the freezing rain kicks in. Doesn't look like it'll last long. If you haven't toured the homes in the West Hills, Saturday might be the time to do it. (Not really.) Since we haven't had freezing rain in years get ready for a few trees to come down and make sure you can heat your place without power. Fortunately, Portland has a lot of beer and strip bars, which is a public asset during these times of normal weather.
 
2014-02-06 10:56:46 PM  
My plastic electric car got me home just fine, thank you.

/Yes, I know I am perpetuating stereotypes.
 
2014-02-06 10:57:33 PM  
Just drove through town. Not too bad if you take it easy and use commonsense.
Yay Snow day! It's a drinking holiday hereabouts.
 
2014-02-06 11:10:34 PM  

screechingbitermonkey: Just drove through town. Not too bad if you take it easy and use commonsense.
Yay Snow day! It's a drinking holiday hereabouts.


Yeah- all of my friends are posted up at a bar on SW4th. The pictures they're putting up are awesome. I'm skipping the fun tonight.
 
2014-02-06 11:19:49 PM  

lamecomedian: Ficoce: blatz514: I'll say this, the Atlanta bastards had ice. Snow is fairly simple to navigate in. Slow your dumb ass down and be aware of the 'tard in front of you.

We'll probably have ice on Saturday. Atlanta doesn't have the hills Portland has, but they have people that have never driven in snow either.

I don't know Portland at all, but I have lived in the ATL for a while now, and lemme tell ya - we've got quite a few hills here, too.  But like I said, I don't know Portland, so...


I used to live 3 hours from Atlanta for four years and been back like a dozen time in the last 10 years and I know what kind of hills you guys got. Please take my words for me. Those hills in Portland is crazy scary when its icy. I always stay away from Portland in bad weather!

I know there are hills over in the Lake Lanier area and Morgan falls reservoir, and many other area. But the Portland hills are right next door to the city. There is no room anymore, so they build everything into the hills.

If you still dont believe me, go read the topo map of Portland.

Google up "Original Portland Snow Car Crashes 2007"
 
2014-02-06 11:31:00 PM  

theflatline: Atlanta has hotter chicks than Portland.


'dis is twoo...I've seen 'dis
 
2014-02-06 11:55:30 PM  
I kinda pulled an Atlanta. At about 4pm (apparently the height of the heavy snowfall) when I saw it was really coming down I decided I'd better get to liquor store in case this keeps up. So I took my bald-tired car out of my hilly neighborhood and up to the liquor store and back. I was sliding around a bit and one point almost slid into a curve but I didn't hit anything and I'm stocked up. Gonna work from home tomorrow.
 
2014-02-06 11:59:52 PM  

PluckYew: theflatline: Atlanta has hotter chicks than Portland.

'dis is twoo...I've seen 'dis


Yeah, but the Portland chicks make up for it by getting very freaky. I've...seen things you people wouldn't believe...
 
2014-02-07 12:10:39 AM  
Just but a Porsche. My Cayenne seems to do fine. Much more capable than my truck.
 
2014-02-07 12:13:18 AM  

PluckYew: theflatline: Atlanta has hotter chicks than Portland.

'dis is twoo...I've seen 'dis


Corey Booker disagrees.
 
2014-02-07 01:42:15 AM  

theflatline: Atlanta has hotter chicks than Portland.



Yeah, I've been in ATL during freaknik. You lie!
 
2014-02-07 01:44:02 AM  
www.tripcheck.com

Too late.
 
2014-02-07 02:15:01 AM  

Nightshade50: [www.tripcheck.com image 328x295]

Too late.


Damnt, the secret is out. If you look at the next camera down the road, its pretty clear.
 
2014-02-07 02:32:17 AM  

ShawnDoc: fusillade762: The current view from my porch.

[i57.tinypic.com image 850x637]

Hard to tell with the snow, but is that a Japanese inspired garden?


I'm honestly not sure. The little pagoda and bridge were there when I moved in.
 
2014-02-07 04:13:24 AM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Ficoce: blatz514: I'll say this, the Atlanta bastards had ice. Snow is fairly simple to navigate in. Slow your dumb ass down and be aware of the 'tard in front of you.

We'll probably have ice on Saturday. Atlanta doesn't have the hills Portland has, but they have people that have never driven in snow either. I moved from Oregon to spend a few years in S. Carolina a couple decades ago. They had a major snowstorm of ice with a 1/2 inch of snow on top - just a dusting. There was an empty part of the parking lot at work when I got there and did a couple minor cookies and then parked. Those guys had hardly ever seen snow, let alone drive in it - I almost got fired for being so unsafe. They had never seen or even thought about cutting cookies in the snow. They were serious and I couldn't stop busting up. I was 10 minutes into my op check before realizing I was on thin ice, lol. Was never so glad to move back home.

"Cookies"?  We called them donuts back in Michigan - I would have never guessed it had regional variations.

/the one that always drove me nuts was toques - in NC they called them toboggans.
//a toboggan is a farking sled not a knit hat you southern twits!


Ahem, a Toque is the fancy word Canucks call a knit cap. But a real toque is more like a chef hat, what the old Euros used to rock back in the day.

However, the Bolivian indigenous people have been rocking them since the dawn of time.

newsimg.bbc.co.uk


They also wear them in Peru.

newsdesk.si.edu

Here is a Colombian indian wearing what an original toque looked like, again something they have been wearing before the euros got there.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-02-07 09:41:36 AM  
To be fair, Atlanta isn't always like Atlanta this time.

I've driven through Atlanta with snow on the interstate.  It wasn't all that bad.
 
2014-02-07 03:18:08 PM  
 
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