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(CNN)   Winter storm of historic proportions set to hit the southeastern U.S. is like a repeat from two weeks ago, only worse   (cnn.com) divider line 222
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2014-02-11 09:00:15 PM  

Gleeman: Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: Well, whose fault is it then for letting dead branches linger over vital power lines?

Apparently you're unfamiliar with how ice storm work, dead or green those branches are coming down, possibly even whole trees. Had an ice storm in NY state and we lost power for 2 weeks. 

And no, the people down here aren't going to approve spending millions of taxpayer dollars on extra plows/sanders that would only get used one or twice every other year.

Just hoping I make it home alive tomorrow, work 2nd shift at a hospital 25 miles away, going to be leaving right in peak snowmageddon. I know how to drive in bad conditions (learned to drive in NY state) it's the other idiots I'm worried about.


Be careful out there.
 
2014-02-11 09:00:16 PM  
Historic proportions?  Southeastern US?  Nope.

Winter storm of biblical proportions set to hit southeastern US...

FTFM
 
2014-02-11 09:01:48 PM  
Found it.

Preview.weather.gov/graphical

I am hoping their ice accumulation model is wrong...
 
2014-02-11 09:03:43 PM  

talkertopc: I'm a Quebecois so I can cope with any amount of snow but since 1998 I get very anxious each time there's precipitation and the thermometer is around 0 Celsius.

Take care South Easter Americans. Be very careful about carbon monoxide poisoning, do not use an outdoor grill inside.


Hey, this is timely..
Earlier tonight I noticed that my kids' cheeks were bright, cherry red. I immediately grabbed their hands to see their nail beds: bright cherry red too.

We don't have a CO detector but I know the signs. I checked behind the gas dryer and sure enough, the vent tube was disconnected.

Back in college, four of my friends died from CO poisoning from a bad furnace.

Be safe, Southeastern US Farkers!
 
2014-02-11 09:03:47 PM  

Unobtanium: Found it.

Preview.weather.gov/graphical

I am hoping their ice accumulation model is wrong...


It's been steadily increasing in accumulation and areas affected all afternoon.
 
2014-02-11 09:06:37 PM  

ras django: Oh. Another one of those "hey, let us ignore ras" posts. /got it.


Mayor of Atlanta(or Gov. Georgia, I dunno, some big time Peach-Eater) wants everyone off the roads by midnight tonight. Jack Frost is gonna start crapping all over the East Coastal States sometime Wednesday morning. It's looking so bad that people are heading to the animal shelters to pick up some "Chinese food."
 
2014-02-11 09:07:38 PM  

Mongo No.5: AliceBToklasLives: I might laugh at silly southerners, but is Denver really prepared for a tsunami?

Denver doesn't get tsunamis multiple times a decade


Or month now, apparently.
 
2014-02-11 09:10:24 PM  
Man, ice really sucks. The amounts they're predicting are enough to pull the feeder line right off of the house if it isn't buried...you don't even need a tree to knock power out.
 
2014-02-11 09:10:49 PM  

ras django: Besides warnings issued Tuesday, did tfa even mention timeframe for apocalypse?


The Atlanta time line and projections have been changing all afternoon. I've been following the weather channel website for info.
 
2014-02-11 09:11:52 PM  

YabbaDabbaDouchebag: Virginia has already declared a state of emergency. Schools will close. People will panic. Snow might fall.

Meh.


4 wheel drives with NY tags upside down in the ditch tomorrow ?
 
2014-02-11 09:14:33 PM  

real_headhoncho: Ice storm?  You're farked.

Stay inside, stay warm, get some books to read and a non-electric light source.

/grew up with a oil lamp that was always on the fireplace mantle.  Had to use it more often than not.


Ah, the old kerosene heaters. Those things put off one nasty stench and played havoc with my asthma.

But they were a godsend when you went a few days with the temperatures well below zero. Along with the oil lamps.
 
2014-02-11 09:14:52 PM  

Bontesla: Unobtanium: Found it.

Preview.weather.gov/graphical

I am hoping their ice accumulation model is wrong...

It's been steadily increasing in accumulation and areas affected all afternoon.


Yes, I know. I was watching it at work, trying to give the operational managers info to make various decisions. Assuming I can't get out tomorrow, I will have to track it as best I can.
 
2014-02-11 09:16:39 PM  
Please note: You cannot "drive" on ice.

Just don't do it.
 
2014-02-11 09:18:01 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Please note: You cannot "drive" on ice.

Just don't do it.


Well, you CAN. You just need chains and a lot of patience.
 
2014-02-11 09:19:30 PM  

kasmel: HotIgneous Intruder: Please note: You cannot "drive" on ice.

Just don't do it.

Well, you CAN. You just need chains and a lot of patience.


And nobody else on the roads OR everybody else with chains on, too.

I'm mainly advising our friends in the south, just don't do it.
Not worth it.
 
2014-02-11 09:19:57 PM  

Oldiron_79: Well screw atlanta getting 3" the carolinas are suppsed to get a foot or more.


Meanwhile in Canada...
 
2014-02-11 09:20:02 PM  

Unobtanium: Bontesla: Unobtanium: Found it.

Preview.weather.gov/graphical

I am hoping their ice accumulation model is wrong...

It's been steadily increasing in accumulation and areas affected all afternoon.

Yes, I know. I was watching it at work, trying to give the operational managers info to make various decisions. Assuming I can't get out tomorrow, I will have to track it as best I can.


It's amazing how quickly we went from random snowstorm to ICE STORM OF DEATH.
 
2014-02-11 09:21:52 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: kasmel: HotIgneous Intruder: Please note: You cannot "drive" on ice.

Just don't do it.

Well, you CAN. You just need chains and a lot of patience.

And nobody else on the roads OR everybody else with chains on, too.

I'm mainly advising our friends in the south, just don't do it.
Not worth it.


I saw a fire truck slide an entire city block during the last bit of weather a few weeks ago. If the roads had not been empty - the accident would have been serious.
 
2014-02-11 09:22:05 PM  

kasmel: HotIgneous Intruder: Please note: You cannot "drive" on ice.

Just don't do it.

Well, you CAN. You just need chains and a lot of patience.


Driving isn't he problem.  Stopping is.
 
2014-02-11 09:22:30 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: kasmel: HotIgneous Intruder: Please note: You cannot "drive" on ice.

Just don't do it.

Well, you CAN. You just need chains and a lot of patience.

And nobody else on the roads OR everybody else with chains on, too.

I'm mainly advising our friends in the south, just don't do it.
Not worth it.


Or just drive really, really slowly to the point a snail could outpace you.
 
2014-02-11 09:23:27 PM  

kasmel: HotIgneous Intruder: Please note: You cannot "drive" on ice.

Just don't do it.

Well, you CAN. You just need chains and a lot of patience.


And hope there isn't some douchebag that thinks four wheel drive and all-season tires mean he can go 100 down the street.
 
2014-02-11 09:23:30 PM  

duke3522: Came here to make fun of my southern friends trying to drive on snow.  But farking ICE!!  Hate that crap!!

/Hang tough my southern friends


If only there was a substance they could put on the ice to melt it

/taxes serve a purpose people should think of situations like this when they complain about them
 
2014-02-11 09:24:05 PM  

Savage Belief: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: AngryDragon: They're getting 3 inches?

Your moms getting 3 inches

/hiyooooo!

You're bragging about giving someone's mom 3 inches? You... lucky bastard. Carry on.


He never said it was three inches long...

/Hung like a horse and proud of it, lucky bastard.
//9x2's represent!
 
2014-02-11 09:24:29 PM  

Bontesla: Unobtanium: Bontesla: Unobtanium: Found it.

Preview.weather.gov/graphical

I am hoping their ice accumulation model is wrong...

It's been steadily increasing in accumulation and areas affected all afternoon.

Yes, I know. I was watching it at work, trying to give the operational managers info to make various decisions. Assuming I can't get out tomorrow, I will have to track it as best I can.

It's amazing how quickly we went from random snowstorm to ICE STORM OF DEATH.


Saw that movie on SyFy. Recommendation is nuclear strike.
 
2014-02-11 09:26:47 PM  
I was in Seattle for Xmas of 1994.  That city was paralyzed by 3" of snow that fell during rush hour the Friday before Xmas when everybody and their grandmother was out shopping AND all the yuppies were driving home from their cubicle farms.

And Seattle is hilly as all fark.  Atlanta in 2014 was nothing compared to Seattle 1994.  Cars were abandoned in lanes all over... it took a week for tow trucks to clear the streets of greater Seattle.

Now I reside in Los Angeles so let's check tomorrow's forecast...  Ahh, here it is: Mostly sunny with a High of 64F.

Damn, I hate this cold weather.

/haven't had any rain all winter and the reservoirs are nearly empty; summer's gonna be a biatch
 
2014-02-11 09:26:54 PM  

Chris Ween: kasmel: HotIgneous Intruder: Please note: You cannot "drive" on ice.

Just don't do it.

Well, you CAN. You just need chains and a lot of patience.

Driving isn't he problem.  Stopping is.


Actually, on ice, driving is also a problem. Starting, stopping, turning, speeding up, slowing down, going in a straight line in a stiff breeze. All are issues on ice. And sitting there at an intersection spinning your tires when someone else can't stop is pretty bad.
 
2014-02-11 09:27:18 PM  

rhiannon: Bontesla: Unobtanium: Bontesla: Unobtanium: Found it.

Preview.weather.gov/graphical

I am hoping their ice accumulation model is wrong...

It's been steadily increasing in accumulation and areas affected all afternoon.

Yes, I know. I was watching it at work, trying to give the operational managers info to make various decisions. Assuming I can't get out tomorrow, I will have to track it as best I can.

It's amazing how quickly we went from random snowstorm to ICE STORM OF DEATH.

Saw that movie on SyFy. Recommendation is nuclear strike.


Meh.  Call me when it has ice sharks that shoot lasers from their eyes.
 
2014-02-11 09:27:25 PM  

Bontesla: Unobtanium: Bontesla: Unobtanium: Found it.

Preview.weather.gov/graphical

I am hoping their ice accumulation model is wrong...

It's been steadily increasing in accumulation and areas affected all afternoon.

Yes, I know. I was watching it at work, trying to give the operational managers info to make various decisions. Assuming I can't get out tomorrow, I will have to track it as best I can.

It's amazing how quickly we went from random snowstorm to ICE STORM OF DEATH.


I have a belt full of onions. I was a kid when the 1973 storm hit. We got lucky, our power came back on the next morning. Neighbors were out for two weeks.

I have friends who live in Ontario, they had a horrible ice storm a few years ago.

Here at least, the weather is generally relatively mild (supposed to be in the 60's by the weekend). Power out sucks, but it sucks worse at below zero (C or F).
 
2014-02-11 09:29:51 PM  

texdent: HotIgneous Intruder: kasmel: HotIgneous Intruder: Please note: You cannot "drive" on ice.

Just don't do it.

Well, you CAN. You just need chains and a lot of patience.

And nobody else on the roads OR everybody else with chains on, too.

I'm mainly advising our friends in the south, just don't do it.
Not worth it.

Or just drive really, really slowly to the point a snail could outpace you.


Well, maybe. But I wouldn't even do that.
My rule of thumb is that if I can't walk to my car because of the ice, I'm not going to drive it.

The biggest danger driving on icy roads in the south is the moroons in the giant SUVs who think they can't slide out of control. Ditto the 4 x 4 idiots who think four wheel will help them not slide on ice.
Those trucks are heavy and have lots of inertia and will smash any smaller cars they hit.
 
2014-02-11 09:32:08 PM  

Warlordtrooper: duke3522: Came here to make fun of my southern friends trying to drive on snow.  But farking ICE!!  Hate that crap!!

/Hang tough my southern friends

If only there was a substance they could put on the ice to melt it

/taxes serve a purpose people should think of situations like this when they complain about them


Salt can delay ice formation and get it to melt sooner. But it won't help much during an ice storm.

Hell, you put a decent ice storm in a cold weather area and the plows and sanders will get pulled off the roads due to the dangers.
 
2014-02-11 09:33:14 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: texdent: HotIgneous Intruder: kasmel: HotIgneous Intruder: Please note: You cannot "drive" on ice.

Just don't do it.

Well, you CAN. You just need chains and a lot of patience.

And nobody else on the roads OR everybody else with chains on, too.

I'm mainly advising our friends in the south, just don't do it.
Not worth it.

Or just drive really, really slowly to the point a snail could outpace you.

Well, maybe. But I wouldn't even do that.
My rule of thumb is that if I can't walk to my car because of the ice, I'm not going to drive it.

The biggest danger driving on icy roads in the south is the moroons in the giant SUVs who think they can't slide out of control. Ditto the 4 x 4 idiots who think four wheel will help them not slide on ice.
Those trucks are heavy and have lots of inertia and will smash any smaller cars they hit.


If you can't open your car without deicing it, then don't drive.  Also, be careful walking out to it.  Also, why risk it?
 
2014-02-11 09:47:43 PM  
Shaka, when the snows fall
 
2014-02-11 09:48:32 PM  
The wife, her mother, me and her brother and his wife are changing plans. we were supposed to fly to Atlanta on Friday. It ain't happening. Probably for the better. The BIL may have shingles and i have a tooth that is kicking up and needs looked at. I guess we'll wait a week for the family get together.
 
2014-02-11 09:53:00 PM  
pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-02-11 09:54:54 PM  

Kenny B: Saw this earlier. Hitler and the Atlanta snow.

Link



Hot damn that is awesome ! ! !
 
2014-02-11 09:55:08 PM  

Pinhead Patriot: [static.fjcdn.com image 300x300]


*snort*
 
2014-02-11 09:56:42 PM  

Chris Ween: HotIgneous Intruder: texdent: HotIgneous Intruder: kasmel: HotIgneous Intruder: Please note: You cannot "drive" on ice.

Just don't do it.

Well, you CAN. You just need chains and a lot of patience.

And nobody else on the roads OR everybody else with chains on, too.

I'm mainly advising our friends in the south, just don't do it.
Not worth it.

Or just drive really, really slowly to the point a snail could outpace you.

Well, maybe. But I wouldn't even do that.
My rule of thumb is that if I can't walk to my car because of the ice, I'm not going to drive it.

The biggest danger driving on icy roads in the south is the moroons in the giant SUVs who think they can't slide out of control. Ditto the 4 x 4 idiots who think four wheel will help them not slide on ice.
Those trucks are heavy and have lots of inertia and will smash any smaller cars they hit.

If you can't open your car without deicing it, then don't drive.  Also, be careful walking out to it.  Also, why risk it?


Some people are stupid and some situations make smart people do stupid things.

The worst I have ever been through was a blizzard when the family was going to the second of three visitations for my Grandmother's funeral. We knew we shouldn't head out, but we did anyways.

About half way there, things got worse. After a discussion my parents decided it was more dangerous to go back than go forward (straight shot to the destination, turning around and multiple turns to get home). We covered most of the rest of the trip with my mother's door open leaning outside to tell my father if he was going off the road.

We didn't wait there because there was absolutely zero (not even the front end of the car) visibility and sitting there would get us nailed if anyone came along.

Usually they were smart about heading out in weather like that. But the circumstances made my father decide to try it. Now, what if your mother calls up and says she needs help? You may not be thinking right.
 
2014-02-11 10:03:28 PM  
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2014-02-11 10:04:45 PM  
The great thing about a small government is they aren't around to help clear the roads or rescue people.

Fortunately for the small government types, there isn't a giant winter storm coming that would require those things. So it's all good.
 
2014-02-11 10:06:08 PM  
Rapmaster2000

That "NoData" zone shows where everyone is already dead.
 
2014-02-11 10:07:05 PM  
shastacola:
I live in the Detroit area,8-10 inches of snow would shut down every school system in the area and has. There would also be empty grocery shelves and people in lines buying gas.

So, just another day in Detroit then?

/I keed, I keed
//Looking down the barrel of 14 inches here
///Giggity
 
2014-02-11 10:08:51 PM  
For those of you making fun of my current city of Atlanta (that I hate), there are a few things you need to know:

1) Snow, by itself, isn't a serious problem.

2) The traffic from two weeks ago wasn't caused by snow.  It was caused by 1 million+ vehicles jamming the roads at the same time.  Keep in mind that it wasn't just 1 million+ people.  It was 1 million+ vehicles.

3) Ice seriously hurt the situation.  I was here for the snow/ice storm of 2011 and the first day was easy to deal with -- because it was just snow on the roads.  The next few days were horrible because the first day snow partially melted and refroze, becoming incredibly perilous.  I seriously nearly broke my ass just walking my dog.  Same thing was true 2 weeks ago.  The ice, more than the snow, was the major issue.

4) This town is hilly.  Really hilly.  Lots of friends have come to visit from NYC, Chicago, LA and SF and pretty much all of them have commented on how hilly Atlanta is; they were all really surprised...they thought it was flat.  Ice+hills is a recipe for disaster.  This isn't the Great Plains.  Although I'm perfectly happy to ding this town for its stupidity, I can't fault it for failing to overcome basic physics.

5) I expect to be without power for quite a while.  Luckily I have gas cooking and I've fully charged my little Sony Reader (it uses E Ink, so it should be good for the duration) and I've got wood for the fireplace and lots of canned foods.  So, I'll see all of you on the other side of this storm.
 
2014-02-11 10:10:44 PM  

Rapmaster2000: DoctorWhat: I'm always amused when someplace in the south shuts down for a few inches of snow.

*reads TFA*

Ice.  Ice is a different matter.  Ice storms suck no matter where you are.

The current prediction is that Augusta should prepare for 5-10 days of no power.  I've been following my part of Atlanta all day and the predictions have become steadily less dire.

Still, I lose power pretty much every afternoon in the summer due to overloading of the grid (this has been common in three different places in Atlanta that I've lived) and it's not uncommon to lose it about once every three months when a tree falls on a line.  This town has way too many trees for overhead power lines.  So, I'm planning on about 24 hours of no power.


Really...I live in Grayson and have only lost power once for a few hours....in 5 years.
 
2014-02-11 10:13:35 PM  

Savage Belief: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: AngryDragon: They're getting 3 inches?

Your moms getting 3 inches

/hiyooooo!

You're bragging about giving someone's mom 3 inches? You... lucky bastard. Carry on.


Well, some ladies like them that wide.
 
2014-02-11 10:14:00 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Lee451: Phony_Soldier: Serves em right for losing the war.

We may have lost the war but our Southern belles are the hottest women on the planet.

I hear that a lot from Southerners that have never been to Spain... or Sweden... or LA.


or away from their sister....

/just sayin'
//Southern
///If'n anyones gonna have sex with mah sister it's gunna be ME!
 
2014-02-11 10:14:01 PM  
Bwahaha. It got so cold in flyover country this year (IL, IN, WI) that the salt couldn't melt snow or ice. Essentially, they were just adding more shiat to track into your house. Call us back when it gets bad.
 
2014-02-11 10:26:22 PM  

Kenny B: Bring it! Just hope I don't need my chainsaw. Haven't cranked it in years.


That's why you get an electric saw. runs no problem off my generator or house power and the rare times I need it I don't need to worry if it'll start up or not.
 
2014-02-11 10:43:42 PM  

Rapmaster2000: [pbs.twimg.com image 848x824]


Might've been useful if there was an indication of where that was.
 
2014-02-11 10:46:55 PM  
Alright lets get things out of the way. Subby , you're an ass. I'm way late, wanted to talk real weather talk with people but well, sure lets make fun of people/cities with only enough sand/salt to maybe do overpasses bridges that is the south we close down for a day or two ,most I've seen in almost 30 years is 3 days and that was early March when we go 12 inches of snow lot's pf places east of us got more.
 
2014-02-11 10:49:20 PM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: Alright lets get things out of the way. Subby , you're an ass. I'm way late, wanted to talk real weather talk with people but well, sure lets make fun of people/cities with only enough sand/salt to maybe do overpasses bridges that is the south we close down for a day or two ,most I've seen in almost 30 years is 3 days and that was early March when we go 12 inches of snow lot's pf places east of us got more.


We had our first snow here in two years the same day Atlanta got gridlocked. Made me feel nostalgic, since I used to live in New Hampshire and was used to loads of snow.
 
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