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2014-02-12 05:36:12 PM  
It's God's retaliation for the way the right wink un-Jesus republicans are running the state.
 
2014-02-12 05:37:18 PM  
Right wing, as in bird.
 
2014-02-12 05:40:12 PM  
You have to excuse southerners. Unless it is involves and oval and left turns good ol' boys just can't drive.
 
2014-02-12 05:50:14 PM  
with a windchill of 12 degrees

Ummmm... yeahhhhh...  Wind chill here today is -40.  It's the same in Centigrade or Fahrenheit and it's damn cold.  12F is -11C - that's getting close to shirtsleeve weather in a Northern Alberta winter.
 
2014-02-12 05:51:37 PM  
It took my hubby over 3 hours to go 7 miles. And he's a mechanic so he couldn't really work from home.

Everyone was told that the snow would start at noon.  And it did.  But it stuck to the ground immediately and snowed at about 1" an hour.  Between noon and 4pm had over 6". Roads were even pre-treated.

So lots of people went in for a half day and then everyone left precisely at noon, right when the snow came down hard.
 
2014-02-12 06:06:31 PM  

dumbandilikeit: It took my hubby over 3 hours to go 7 miles. And he's a mechanic so he couldn't really work from home.

Everyone was told that the snow would start at noon.  And it did.  But it stuck to the ground immediately and snowed at about 1" an hour.  Between noon and 4pm had over 6". Roads were even pre-treated.

So lots of people went in for a half day and then everyone left precisely at noon, right when the snow came down hard.


Pretreatment can only do so much. The traffic probably swept most of it away.

Here in Atlanta, I am teleworking. But I am not a mechanic. We prepared as well as we could without buying a generator. Lucky so far.
 
2014-02-12 06:43:38 PM  
obama's fault, no question.
 
2014-02-12 06:45:43 PM  

dumbandilikeit: It took my hubby over 3 hours to go 7 miles. And he's a mechanic so he couldn't really work from home.

Everyone was told that the snow would start at noon.  And it did.  But it stuck to the ground immediately and snowed at about 1" an hour.  Between noon and 4pm had over 6". Roads were even pre-treated.

So lots of people went in for a half day and then everyone left precisely at noon, right when the snow came down hard.


A real man would've walked barefoot both ways and carried his tool box with him, stopping along the way to help others.
 
2014-02-12 06:46:02 PM  
When it snows as much in RDU as it did in January of '99, then I'll be impressed.

/flew in on Monday afternoon
//Tuesday morning there was 23" of snow on the ground
///Stuck in the damn Hilton Garden RDU for three days
///csb
/slashies
 
2014-02-12 06:46:58 PM  

DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: obama's fault, no question.


img.fark.net
 
2014-02-12 06:48:24 PM  
Everybody hurts.
 
2014-02-12 06:51:41 PM  
I've been sitting at home in Chapel Hill telecommuting most of the day since Dark Sky forecast a 90% chance of heavy snow starting at 12PM.  Can't figure out why people bothered to drive to work, only to flood the streets when it started to snow, insuring a huge traffic jam even if the roads weren't covered with snow.

Not to miss out on the fun I did venture forth in my 4WD rally car intending on finding a remote parking lot, but only narrowly missed getting hit by three SUVs in a row running a stop sign, and then immediately got stuck in a line of cars that couldn't make it up a 1% grade.

I don't mind staying in, but I have $200 tickets to see a concert in Durham and the Carolina Theater has a strict "no refund" policy, and while my car could make it in a mere 4" of snow, every since road between here and Durham is stopped dead.
 
2014-02-12 06:52:22 PM  
Having one of the coldest winters in years, and thinking of all of the times that I hear about 75 degree weather when it is below freezing in the midwest, the south will have to learn to suck this one up.
 
2014-02-12 06:52:48 PM  
FTA: but with a windchill of 12 degrees, staying in the car if you're stuck is hardly a desirable alternative

Umm...if you are stalled in a car and it is dangerously cold (not saying that 12 with windchill is terribly cold, but probably feels that way for some...) then staying in your car is the EXACT thing you want to do...


Of course, you could wander around the roads dodging sliding cars and fighting frost bite. But maybe there is a Waffle House nearby, so the wandering is kept to a minimum...
 
2014-02-12 06:53:02 PM  
Terrible weather here, too. Sunny, with a high of 75. Light breeze. THE HORRORS!!
 
2014-02-12 06:53:42 PM  
Yep.  The roads in my area are lined with abandoned cars.  We're talking dozens of cars.  Most of them have been moved to the side of the roads, the shoulders, or the sidewalks.

I left work within 20 minutes of the snow starting.  It went from a few flakes to all out hazard in that time.  When I left, you could not see the lane marks on the roads.  Several of the major roads were at complete gridlock due to stupid driving, disabled vehicles and fender benders.

30 minutes after the snow started, I watched people get stuck in the middle of the road, give up, get out of their cars and walk away.  And while the traffic has improved, now that hopefully most people are where they're going to stay for the night, the precipitation has turned into sleet and freezing rain.

A short while ago, I watch a neighbor pull into the parking lot, completely lose control of their SUV, and start spinning around the corner of the building.
 
2014-02-12 06:54:39 PM  
I live in Pinehurst. The National Guard is currently out rescuing people stranded on US 1. A mile down the road from my house, someone I went to high school with was killed when the car she was riding in jumped a curve and slammed into a tree. Sucks down here.
/csb
//sad times
///we've had worse though
 
2014-02-12 06:54:39 PM  
Duke sucks.
 
2014-02-12 06:55:22 PM  
It started snowing around 1 here in North Raleigh and came down about as quick as I can remember.  I think it's switched to sleet now and is supposed to turn to ice overnight.  I don't have to work until Friday night and I'm sure the roads will be fine by then but I worry about coming home early on Saturday.
 
2014-02-12 06:56:13 PM  
I'm supposed to fly out of Minneapolis tomorrow night into Raleigh/Durham. Not really counting on it happening.   Funny that when I booked the flight I was worried about getting out of Minnesota in February, not landing in NC.

/I know.  No one cares
 
2014-02-12 06:56:14 PM  

DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: obama's fault, no question.


tea baggers and deniers fault, no question.
 
2014-02-12 06:56:16 PM  

czei: I've been sitting at home in Chapel Hill telecommuting most of the day since Dark Sky forecast a 90% chance of heavy snow starting at 12PM.  Can't figure out why people bothered to drive to work, only to flood the streets when it started to snow, insuring a huge traffic jam even if the roads weren't covered with snow.


Because of a lot of us work at places that didn't give employees the option to stay home, or that offered but did so in a way that it was clear that if you did stay home, it was going to affect your next performance review -- after all, everyone else on your team came into work.
 
2014-02-12 06:57:04 PM  
I have family there. I hope everyone is safe and cozy.
 
2014-02-12 06:57:09 PM  

MrHappyRotter: Yep.  The roads in my area are lined with abandoned cars.  We're talking dozens of cars.  Most of them have been moved to the side of the roads, the shoulders, or the sidewalks.

I left work within 20 minutes of the snow starting.  It went from a few flakes to all out hazard in that time.  When I left, you could not see the lane marks on the roads.  Several of the major roads were at complete gridlock due to stupid driving, disabled vehicles and fender benders.

30 minutes after the snow started, I watched people get stuck in the middle of the road, give up, get out of their cars and walk away.  And while the traffic has improved, now that hopefully most people are where they're going to stay for the night, the precipitation has turned into sleet and freezing rain.

A short while ago, I watch a neighbor pull into the parking lot, completely lose control of their SUV, and start spinning around the corner of the building.


A modern, 4WD Urban Assault Vehicle should be able to handle 4 or 5 inches snow providing the driver isn't an idiot.
 
2014-02-12 06:58:08 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: with a windchill of 12 degrees

Ummmm... yeahhhhh...  Wind chill here today is -40.  It's the same in Centigrade or Fahrenheit and it's damn cold.  12F is -11C - that's getting close to shirtsleeve weather in a Northern Alberta winter.


Yes because all those farking people were stuck because it was cold.

What is it today with Fark? Herpa derpa southerners can't drive in a little snow lolllll!!! It's icy, jackasses. Dangerously so, no one should be driving and no one (yes not even you guy who says "I'm good at driving in the snow durr") can drive on it safely. The highways are full of idiots like you who thought "oh I can handle a little cold and snow" and now their dumbasses are abandoning their cars on the farking interstate.

The funny thing about the RDU area? It's mostly transplanted northerners who insist a little snow is no big deal where they're from. Enjoy your farking 20 mile walk in the snow idiots, but hey you're a total Internet badass because a little snow doesn't stop you from driving.

/it wasn't even cold during the day, but it still snowed about 8 inches and now it's got a nice slick sheet of about a 1/4 inch of ice right on top of it, with more over night
//yes, I know you could drive on it because you're extra special living someplace cold, ice doesn't affect your car the way it does those stupid southerners
 
2014-02-12 06:59:11 PM  

jj325: I'm supposed to fly out of Minneapolis tomorrow night into Raleigh/Durham. Not really counting on it happening.   Funny that when I booked the flight I was worried about getting out of Minnesota in February, not landing in NC.

/I know.  No one cares


Not true.  We all care.  We are caring people here at fark.  everyone knows that.
 
2014-02-12 07:00:13 PM  
The Dukes of Blizzard.
 
2014-02-12 07:00:42 PM  

MFAWG: MrHappyRotter: A modern, 4WD Urban Assault Vehicle should be able to handle 4 or 5 inches snow providing the driver isn't an idiot.


A lot of people think that.  And somehow that seems to embolden them as they spin around, out of control, on the solid sheet of ice covering the roads.
 
2014-02-12 07:01:30 PM  
Finally, Fayettestan and Fortress Bragg got it right.   Everything gov'mint was closed today.

/but stuck in hotel
//TDY for Deutschland
///cabin fever sucks
 
2014-02-12 07:02:08 PM  
I really think they should have got the bread and milk before hand...
 
2014-02-12 07:04:06 PM  
Semper IvXx:
The funny thing about the RDU area? It's mostly transplanted northerners who insist a little snow is no big deal where they're from. Enjoy your farking 20 mile walk in the snow idiots, but hey you're a total Internet badass because a little snow doesn't stop you from driving.

That's always made me chuckle when people hate on this area.  I'm not even saying the hate is misplaced or unfounded.  But it's usually sprinkled with the not at all subtle bashing of Southerners.  Then, when you start talking to your friends, co-workers and acquaintances, you realize that a large proportion (if not the majority) of people are transplants.
 
2014-02-12 07:04:24 PM  

MassAsster: I really think they should have got the bread and milk before hand...


Screw that, they should have stocked up on booze and smokes.
 
2014-02-12 07:05:45 PM  
12 degrees!?  Pfft.  The weather where I live is indescribably awful on a regular basis.  I don't understand why anyone even chooses to live in the barren wastelands in which I inhabit, but I was born here and I've accepted my fate of mediocrity.

Suck it, better places.
 
2014-02-12 07:06:43 PM  
I was in this madness today.  16 miles in 5 hours!  I really wasn't that bad...except for the drivers.  The usual 4X4 enthusiasts with an invincibility complex piled up on the shoulders.

However, some of the 'Fast & Furious' fans abandoned their cars and walked since they could get zero traction.  That was priceless.
 
2014-02-12 07:09:06 PM  
Well - the headline should say "AGAIN" = RDU started the whole "total area gridlock" thing back in 2005.  Again today.  In 2005 I found some back ways to get home and made it without incident.  Today there was NOTHING that was not driveable in a honda accord, but there were hudreds of idiots doing things like gridlocking intersections because you never know if the light will turn green again, spinning their tires into oblivion after stopping on uphill grades, and driving pickup trucks in general.  15 metric assloads of fail out there today, and it took me 5 hours to get home a 13 mile commute.  Again, nothing not driveable, just failures behind the wheel.
 
2014-02-12 07:09:48 PM  
Four wheel drive doesn't help if everyone in front of you has one wheel drive.
 
2014-02-12 07:12:22 PM  

dumbandilikeit: It took my hubby over 3 hours to go 7 miles. And he's a mechanic so he couldn't really work from home.

Everyone was told that the snow would start at noon.  And it did.  But it stuck to the ground immediately and snowed at about 1" an hour.  Between noon and 4pm had over 6". Roads were even pre-treated.

So lots of people went in for a half day and then everyone left precisely at noon, right when the snow came down hard.


They keep talking about having a half-day up here in New England for tomorrow. If they do that, I'm calling out of work and staying home precisely for that reason.
 
2014-02-12 07:12:29 PM  
I only wish I'd have picked up some beer when I went grocery shopping this weekend.  After my harrowing trip home from work, I could use a drink.

It might've calmed my nerves and also helped me to process this observation: There were a proportionately high number of SUVs and Lexuses abandoned on the side of the road.  Any theories?  Is there something about a Lexus or Lexus driver that makes them more prone to getting stuck in these kinds of conditions?  What about SUVs?  Something about the high center of mass and/or over confidence such vehicles impart on drivers?
 
2014-02-12 07:12:53 PM  

EasyWind: I was in this madness today.  16 miles in 5 hours!  I really wasn't that bad...except for the drivers.  The usual 4X4 enthusiasts with an invincibility complex piled up on the shoulders.

However, some of the 'Fast & Furious' fans abandoned their cars and walked since they could get zero traction.  That was priceless.


5 hours!?  Pfft.  I once drove a Ford Escort through 8 feet of snow to pick up a twelve pack of Michelob - the working-class man's high-class beer.  I could have driven that in 30 minutes tops playing REO Speedwagon on repeat.  #RidingTheStormOut #ChampaignRepresent
 
2014-02-12 07:14:40 PM  

czei: I've been sitting at home in Chapel Hill telecommuting most of the day since Dark Sky forecast a 90% chance of heavy snow starting at 12PM.  Can't figure out why people bothered to drive to work, only to flood the streets when it started to snow, insuring a huge traffic jam even if the roads weren't covered with snow.

Not to miss out on the fun I did venture forth in my 4WD rally car intending on finding a remote parking lot, but only narrowly missed getting hit by three SUVs in a row running a stop sign, and then immediately got stuck in a line of cars that couldn't make it up a 1% grade.

I don't mind staying in, but I have $200 tickets to see a concert in Durham and the Carolina Theater has a strict "no refund" policy, and while my car could make it in a mere 4" of snow, every since road between here and Durham is stopped dead.


Were you able to make it to the gym earlier? I know you didn't have much time to spare.
 
2014-02-12 07:15:28 PM  
It was crazy how fast the roads went from completely snow free and simply wet to covered with sticky, accumulating snow. We ran down to the store about a half mile away and during the 15 minutes we were in there, the road conditions changed dramatically.

I think most people are used to it being able to snow for an hour or two before the roads start to show any accumulation (this is what happened yesterday). Most people thought they had plenty of time to get home.
 
2014-02-12 07:15:39 PM  
It's not that southerners can't drive in the weather. It's the fact that they all think they can beat the weather by going home early all at the same time, as it starts snowing.
 
2014-02-12 07:19:09 PM  
www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-02-12 07:19:41 PM  

res_nihil: It started snowing around 1 here in North Raleigh and came down about as quick as I can remember.  I think it's switched to sleet now and is supposed to turn to ice overnight.  I don't have to work until Friday night and I'm sure the roads will be fine by then but I worry about coming home early on Saturday.


Yeah, I left from near Crabtree around 12:30 and it took me an hour and a half to go 20 miles.  It was a slow, nerve-wracking commute with several near-skids.  Not fun at all.
 
2014-02-12 07:21:38 PM  

MrHappyRotter: MFAWG: MrHappyRotter: A modern, 4WD Urban Assault Vehicle should be able to handle 4 or 5 inches snow providing the driver isn't an idiot.

A lot of people think that.  And somehow that seems to embolden them as they spin around, out of control, on the solid sheet of ice covering the roads.


Snow != Ice.

Even us dumbass Southerners know that.
 
2014-02-12 07:21:48 PM  

MrHappyRotter: czei: I've been sitting at home in Chapel Hill telecommuting most of the day since Dark Sky forecast a 90% chance of heavy snow starting at 12PM.  Can't figure out why people bothered to drive to work, only to flood the streets when it started to snow, insuring a huge traffic jam even if the roads weren't covered with snow.

Because of a lot of us work at places that didn't give employees the option to stay home, or that offered but did so in a way that it was clear that if you did stay home, it was going to affect your next performance review -- after all, everyone else on your team came into work.


My office didn't close until 1 - took me 2 hours to go 13 miles.  I just bought my car yesterday and we got home (finally) safely after dodging folks who were spinning everywhere.  Do the others all have bald tires?  Is my new car a super hero?!  Why did I buy a new car yesterday knowing this was coming?  I have no answers to these questions, just kind of sounded like a batman thing...
 
2014-02-12 07:22:07 PM  
Can someone explain why staying in a warm car is worse than walking home in a storm? Maybe I've been doing it wrong all these years. Again, there was a lot of warning about this storm.
 
2014-02-12 07:22:30 PM  
 
2014-02-12 07:29:48 PM  
I'm a fairly recent transplant to Charlotte, NC.  What I noticed today....

1. The Poors drive shiatty cars with bald tires while talking on their phones (presumably telling someone how slick the roads are)(Because shiatty cars with bald tires are fine when it's dry).
2. There is zero attempt at clearing roads.  No plows, sand trucks, etc.  We have to wait for it to melt.
3. At the first sign of anything wet, people immediately slow to 10mph, turn on their hazards, and brake constantly.
4. Any snow that falls before 3pm will melt.  Anything that melts will freeze as soon as it gets dark.
5. I didn't see anyone driving to fast.  Everyone was driving too slow. I had to leave a football field length between me and the car in front of me so my truck could get momentum on hills.
6. fark snow.
 
2014-02-12 07:30:10 PM  
What actual Snowmaggedon looks like:

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Glenwood Ave.
 
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