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(Jalopnik)   Raleigh-Durham, jealous of all the winter press Atlanta has gotten, turns interstate into parking lot   (jalopnik.com) divider line 27
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2014-02-12 07:15:39 PM
2 votes:
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 07:06:43 PM
2 votes:
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 07:00:42 PM
2 votes:

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 06:52:48 PM
2 votes:
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 05:40:12 PM
2 votes:
You have to excuse southerners. Unless it is involves and oval and left turns good ol' boys just can't drive.
2014-02-12 05:36:12 PM
2 votes:
It's God's retaliation for the way the right wink un-Jesus republicans are running the state.
2014-02-13 01:20:18 AM
1 votes:

MrHappyRotter: 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.


Guess what?  They're Southern by choice, by the grace of God through the intercession of air conditioning.
2014-02-12 10:50:40 PM
1 votes:

Nick Nostril: Hey, NC...

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Told you farks yesterday to call in sick, say you got the crabs. Dumfarks.


Unfortunately, try as we might, we can't keep idiot Yankees from moving down here.
2014-02-12 10:34:01 PM
1 votes:

Oldiron_79: Well fark last I heard on weather NC and VA are supposed to get 18". Do you know how much 18" is? ( unzips pants)


six of those?
2014-02-12 10:10:32 PM
1 votes:

Hot Carl To Go: Atlanta (Alpharetta) here... trapped at North Fulton Hospital. Wife just had our first kid. Grateful for the ice, it's preventing family from descending on us. However that also means I'm trapped here with a still hormonal wife and a newborn that has a strong possibility of being mine.


It's not yours. I know.

/seriously though.. congrats!
2014-02-12 08:50:41 PM
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2014-02-12 08:11:36 PM
1 votes:
A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.

i.chzbgr.com
2014-02-12 07:51:03 PM
1 votes:

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.


http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/canceled-pat-metheny
They canceled the shows and are offering refunds btw.
2014-02-12 07:48:41 PM
1 votes:
This may have been covered already, but I thought the last southerner in the RDU area moved out in the late 80's.
2014-02-12 07:38:40 PM
1 votes:

mosten: 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.


Highway plow trucks have a nose plow that is as wide as a single lane, add in a wing plow  and you will never get through traffic like that cleaning the roads, especially with all the people from point 1 on the roads.

Sand cant be put down if it is snowing and blowing, that just increases the amount of snow that sticks to the road.  Sodium would work though.

Source: I drive highway plow trucks for a provincial government in Canada
2014-02-12 07:33:20 PM
1 votes:

mosten: 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.


You sound like a poor.
2014-02-12 07:30:10 PM
1 votes:
What actual Snowmaggedon looks like:

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Glenwood Ave.
2014-02-12 07:14:40 PM
1 votes:

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 07:12:53 PM
1 votes:

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 07:12:29 PM
1 votes:
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 07:09:48 PM
1 votes:
Four wheel drive doesn't help if everyone in front of you has one wheel drive.
2014-02-12 07:04:06 PM
1 votes:
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 06:57:09 PM
1 votes:

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 06:43:38 PM
1 votes:
obama's fault, no question.
2014-02-12 06:06:31 PM
1 votes:

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 05:51:37 PM
1 votes:
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 05:50:14 PM
1 votes:
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.
 
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