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.
DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: obama's fault, no question.
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.
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.
Benevolent Misanthrope: with a windchill of 12 degreesUmmmm... 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.
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
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.
MassAsster: I really think they should have got the bread and milk before hand...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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