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2014-02-13 12:45:39 PM
Now THAT is what I always imagined a snowpocalypse should look like.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-02-13 02:13:40 PM
That sign there with the orange border says if you go below 45 mph your car will explode.
 
2014-02-13 02:52:42 PM
You know, when the weather people, the DOT, the local police tell you to stay the fark home and not get on the roads, yeah..........listen to them.
 
2014-02-13 03:04:11 PM
Oh, sure, there's no photoshopping yet...

/and it will be glorious.
 
2014-02-13 03:04:33 PM
Hell with the fire. I want a haircut at Blo Salon.
 
2014-02-13 03:08:42 PM
If only this had been a Tesla, would be so close to a perfect storm story storm story.
 
2014-02-13 03:08:44 PM
Never mind snowpocalypse. That's some prime Zombie Apocalypse scenery right there.

Waitaminute...WHERE'S KARL?
 
2014-02-13 03:09:27 PM
[o] LICKY
[X] BOOM
[o] DOWN
 
2014-02-13 03:10:43 PM
I am from WI and live in MN. Can someone please answer this question? - Why do these people lose their collective minds and all drive off of the road into the ditch. When we have snowstorms people go into the ditch because they drive too fast and hit an icy patch, not when they're travelling at 10 mph. However 90% of our drivers are able to make it to their destination without flipping their shiat. Every goddamn picture I see from the south looks like a scene from The Walking Dead winter edition. Please help, need explanations.
 
2014-02-13 03:15:04 PM
i.imgur.com

/not mine.
 
2014-02-13 03:15:25 PM
'Oh my gosh!'" said Lindsay Webb, who shot the picture with her iPhone and says the photo is 100 percent authentic.

I would have touched the flames up a little bit, maybe made them a little brighter. Then it would have only been 97% authentic.
 
2014-02-13 03:16:48 PM

deanis: I am from WI and live in MN. Can someone please answer this question? - Why do these people lose their collective minds and all drive off of the road into the ditch. When we have snowstorms people go into the ditch because they drive too fast and hit an icy patch, not when they're travelling at 10 mph. However 90% of our drivers are able to make it to their destination without flipping their shiat. Every goddamn picture I see from the south looks like a scene from The Walking Dead winter edition. Please help, need explanations.


Bad roads, zero maintenance response to keep roads safe and clear, no experience dealing with icy conditions, people pulling their cars off the road after they've decided they'll just walk, different state inspection standards, the list goes on.
 
2014-02-13 03:17:11 PM
As a Canadian I find it hilarious that Americans have a penchant for saying "Oh my gosh!" instead of "Oh my god!" It sounds silly. Even more so when a character in TV program will use "gosh" and then a minute later throw down a "biatch."

It's a strange Americanism.
 
2014-02-13 03:18:12 PM
scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net

/not mine
 
2014-02-13 03:19:23 PM

deanis: I am from WI and live in MN. Can someone please answer this question? - Why do these people lose their collective minds and all drive off of the road into the ditch. When we have snowstorms people go into the ditch because they drive too fast and hit an icy patch, not when they're travelling at 10 mph. However 90% of our drivers are able to make it to their destination without flipping their shiat. Every goddamn picture I see from the south looks like a scene from The Walking Dead winter edition. Please help, need explanations.


They confused, that all, just simple confusion.  Extra emphasis on the "simple" part.
 
2014-02-13 03:19:24 PM
Why is it that I can be nearly 100% sure that the reason this car self-immolated is because the driver had the gas pedal mashed through the floorboards for however long it took to try and move up an iced hill?
 
2014-02-13 03:19:31 PM

Hamster Lover: As a Canadian I find it hilarious that Americans have a penchant for saying "Oh my gosh!" instead of "Oh my god!" It sounds silly. Even more so when a character in TV program will use "gosh" and then a minute later throw down a "biatch."

It's a strange Americanism.


It's because the Religious Right trolls the FCC mercilessly over "blasphemy"(they actually fund call centers and recruit "volunteers" to call the FCC hotlines all day) but doesn't give two craps about the denigration of women.
 
2014-02-13 03:20:09 PM

Hamster Lover: As a Canadian I find it hilarious that Americans have a penchant for saying "Oh my gosh!" instead of "Oh my god!" It sounds silly. Even more so when a character in TV program will use "gosh" and then a minute later throw down a "biatch."

It's a strange Americanism.


It's a religionism. Using the biatch's name in vain is not one of the ten commandments.
 
2014-02-13 03:20:34 PM
This most likely caused by the driver "flooring it" in an attempt to get up the hill and the spinning tires overheating and catching fire.

But hol can them thur tyers get hot it dam cold?
 
2014-02-13 03:20:44 PM

deanis: I am from WI and live in MN. Can someone please answer this question? - Why do these people lose their collective minds and all drive off of the road into the ditch. When we have snowstorms people go into the ditch because they drive too fast and hit an icy patch, not when they're travelling at 10 mph. However 90% of our drivers are able to make it to their destination without flipping their shiat. Every goddamn picture I see from the south looks like a scene from The Walking Dead winter edition. Please help, need explanations.


Lack of winter or even all-season tires, no plows, no road salt, lack of experience driving in winter conditions, lack of common sense to stay off the roads when the weather authorities tell you to.
 
2014-02-13 03:20:59 PM
She's right there at the Angus Barn, unless it's changed since I was there, I'd leave my car and head for some sweet cheese and crackers at the table and a big New York strip action.

Deanis, try driving up and down on roads over hills with zero salt or clearing. Yes they are not great at driving on snow, but getting around in states where they get enough snow to invest in good road clearing services is a breeze in winter compared to NC after a big storm. Their mistake is not leaving for home early enough and I promise you that if you were on that same road you'd have been just as screwed unless you happen to commute in a tracked vehicle.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-02-13 03:22:50 PM
LumberJack: Why is it that I can be nearly 100% sure that the reason this car self-immolated is because the driver had the gas pedal mashed through the floorboards for however long it took to try and move up an iced hill?

I helped a woman out of a parking space in Cambridge a few winters ago. I was wary of approaching because that spinning tire could have blown at any time. But she wasn't never going to get out of there on her own. I tossed a handful of sand under the front tire and out she went, leaving a patch of ice behind.
 
2014-02-13 03:23:08 PM

BlackMtnMan: Hell with the fire. I want a haircut at Blo Salon.


It's false advertising. At least I didn't get what I expected.
 
2014-02-13 03:24:56 PM

deanis: I am from WI and live in MN. Can someone please answer this question? - Why do these people lose their collective minds and all drive off of the road into the ditch. When we have snowstorms people go into the ditch because they drive too fast and hit an icy patch, not when they're travelling at 10 mph. However 90% of our drivers are able to make it to their destination without flipping their shiat. Every goddamn picture I see from the south looks like a scene from The Walking Dead winter edition. Please help, need explanations.


Those cars are from people abandoning their vehicles when conditions became so dangerous so fast.

It wasn't some sort of endless cascade of people crashing randomly into guard rails. Although that would have been amusing.
 
2014-02-13 03:25:16 PM

deanis: I am from WI and live in MN. Can someone please answer this question? - Why do these people lose their collective minds and all drive off of the road into the ditch. When we have snowstorms people go into the ditch because they drive too fast and hit an icy patch, not when they're travelling at 10 mph. However 90% of our drivers are able to make it to their destination without flipping their shiat. Every goddamn picture I see from the south looks like a scene from The Walking Dead winter edition. Please help, need explanations.


I'll give it a shot.  It comes down to two things: experience and equipment.

The last time NC saw more than two inches of snow at once outside of the mountainous parts was probably ten years ago.  A huge number of people just have no idea what will happen or how it will affect their ability to drive.  Some will drive normally, not realizing the danger that puts them in.  Others will drive incredibly slowly not realizing the danger that puts them in.  The two groups will meet on the road and something will go wrong because they have no experience stopping in the snow.  Welcome to the ditch.

If you don't see a snow worth calling it that more than once in a decade there's no reason to have snow plows or salt trucks.  Those things are expensive to have sitting around for ten years just to drive them once.  They just plowed my street a moment ago.  With a road grader.  Because we build roads more often than we plow snow off of them.  Also, south of the Mason-Dixon line there's pretty much no such thing as snow chains.  I'm familiar with the idea in principle but I don't think I would be able to find a set without ordering them from the internet.
 
2014-02-13 03:27:54 PM

vossiewulf: She's right there at the Angus Barn, unless it's changed since I was there, I'd leave my car and head for some sweet cheese and crackers at the table and a big New York strip action.

Deanis, try driving up and down on roads over hills with zero salt or clearing. Yes they are not great at driving on snow, but getting around in states where they get enough snow to invest in good road clearing services is a breeze in winter compared to NC after a big storm. Their mistake is not leaving for home early enough and I promise you that if you were on that same road you'd have been just as screwed unless you happen to commute in a tracked vehicle.


I work about a mile from there. They sent us all home at 12:30 yesterday. Within 20 minutes it was white out conditions and my car was slipping.

Staying off the roads wasn't a suggestion I was willing to follow if that meant being stuck at the office.
 
2014-02-13 03:28:04 PM
I'll add since a lot of people posted while I was typing mentioning salt: the roads were brined Monday.  The rain starting the same day may mean that it was a futile gesture, but the roads were salted to the best of their ability.
 
2014-02-13 03:29:55 PM

vossiewulf: She's right there at the Angus Barn, unless it's changed since I was there, I'd leave my car and head for some sweet cheese and crackers at the table and a big New York strip action.

Deanis, try driving up and down on roads over hills with zero salt or clearing. Yes they are not great at driving on snow, but getting around in states where they get enough snow to invest in good road clearing services is a breeze in winter compared to NC after a big storm. Their mistake is not leaving for home early enough and I promise you that if you were on that same road you'd have been just as screwed unless you happen to commute in a tracked vehicle.


I have had the displeasure of driving in blizzard and ice storm conditions many times. I ended up in the ditch zero times. I'm no gifted driver, i just respect the conditions. Perhaps the DOTs in southern states will provide some basic info on winter driving safety now. Maybe they already do?
 
2014-02-13 03:31:26 PM

LumberJack: Why is it that I can be nearly 100% sure that the reason this car self-immolated is because the driver had the gas pedal mashed through the floorboards for however long it took to try and move up an iced hill?


In my Army experience, from being stationed in Texas, yes, that's how you should do it.  In fact, should you run into any kind of road hazard in Texas, you must immediately accelerate.  It's the law!
 
2014-02-13 03:34:07 PM

Hamster Lover: As a Canadian I find it hilarious that Americans have a penchant for saying "Oh my gosh!" instead of "Oh my god!" It sounds silly. Even more so when a character in TV program will use "gosh" and then a minute later throw down a "biatch."

It's a strange Americanism.


Oh Jeez!!
Darnit!

----
As for the article, why do I have a feeling that someone in the car said "man, it can't get any worse than this!"
 
2014-02-13 03:38:54 PM
Global warming is getting scarier and scarier every day.
 
2014-02-13 03:39:12 PM
I spent 5 hours in this crap yesterday. Normally a 45 minute ride, had to go around downtown Raleigh and several times passed stuck semis on a 2% grade. It was clear & dry in the morning, and started snowing around noon. About 20 minutes after it started, I came across a 6-car pileup on a winding country road.

/yay new tires on the work truck
 
2014-02-13 03:43:17 PM

boinkingbill: Global warming is getting scarier and scarier every day.


Are people still laughing at comments like this?
 
2014-02-13 03:45:03 PM
img.fark.net
 
2014-02-13 03:45:19 PM

boinkingbill: Global warming is getting scarier and scarier every day.


Sigh.
 
2014-02-13 03:45:31 PM

deanis: vossiewulf: She's right there at the Angus Barn, unless it's changed since I was there, I'd leave my car and head for some sweet cheese and crackers at the table and a big New York strip action.

Deanis, try driving up and down on roads over hills with zero salt or clearing. Yes they are not great at driving on snow, but getting around in states where they get enough snow to invest in good road clearing services is a breeze in winter compared to NC after a big storm. Their mistake is not leaving for home early enough and I promise you that if you were on that same road you'd have been just as screwed unless you happen to commute in a tracked vehicle.

I have had the displeasure of driving in blizzard and ice storm conditions many times. I ended up in the ditch zero times. I'm no gifted driver, i just respect the conditions. Perhaps the DOTs in southern states will provide some basic info on winter driving safety now. Maybe they already do?


It's just you. You are the god of driving in snow and ice and your car doesn't operate by the same laws of physics as everyone else. Your car actually grips better on the ice, it's truly amazing. Forget the DOT, maybe you can come down and teach lessons on the magic of driving on an ice rink.

/no one was driving safely yesterday...no one...regardless of how much of a snow driving badass you claim to be on the Internet
 
2014-02-13 03:51:25 PM

Semper IvXx: deanis: vossiewulf: She's right there at the Angus Barn, unless it's changed since I was there, I'd leave my car and head for some sweet cheese and crackers at the table and a big New York strip action.

Deanis, try driving up and down on roads over hills with zero salt or clearing. Yes they are not great at driving on snow, but getting around in states where they get enough snow to invest in good road clearing services is a breeze in winter compared to NC after a big storm. Their mistake is not leaving for home early enough and I promise you that if you were on that same road you'd have been just as screwed unless you happen to commute in a tracked vehicle.

I have had the displeasure of driving in blizzard and ice storm conditions many times. I ended up in the ditch zero times. I'm no gifted driver, i just respect the conditions. Perhaps the DOTs in southern states will provide some basic info on winter driving safety now. Maybe they already do?

It's just you. You are the god of driving in snow and ice and your car doesn't operate by the same laws of physics as everyone else. Your car actually grips better on the ice, it's truly amazing. Forget the DOT, maybe you can come down and teach lessons on the magic of driving on an ice rink.

/no one was driving safely yesterday...no one...regardless of how much of a snow driving badass you claim to be on the Internet


Settle down saddlebags. Were you unable to get you meds because of the weather? Next time a storm is coming stock up! Anyways, most accidents are entirely preventable, even when drivers are unprepared and inexperienced.
 
2014-02-13 03:56:53 PM
There was no preparing for the way the roads were here yesterday unless you just didn't drive.  So many people were out there with no clue on the basics of driving in snow and I swear to God they all have bald tires.  The folks who didn't know what to do cluttered up the roads for everyone else.  It took me 2 hours to make a 20 minute commute.  Insane!  Good thing I know a back road or two or it would have been much longer.
 
2014-02-13 03:57:36 PM
found another
i.imgur.com
this needs to be a contest

Our people can do better.
 
2014-02-13 03:59:11 PM

deanis: Semper IvXx: deanis: vossiewulf: She's right there at the Angus Barn, unless it's changed since I was there, I'd leave my car and head for some sweet cheese and crackers at the table and a big New York strip action.

Deanis, try driving up and down on roads over hills with zero salt or clearing. Yes they are not great at driving on snow, but getting around in states where they get enough snow to invest in good road clearing services is a breeze in winter compared to NC after a big storm. Their mistake is not leaving for home early enough and I promise you that if you were on that same road you'd have been just as screwed unless you happen to commute in a tracked vehicle.

I have had the displeasure of driving in blizzard and ice storm conditions many times. I ended up in the ditch zero times. I'm no gifted driver, i just respect the conditions. Perhaps the DOTs in southern states will provide some basic info on winter driving safety now. Maybe they already do?

It's just you. You are the god of driving in snow and ice and your car doesn't operate by the same laws of physics as everyone else. Your car actually grips better on the ice, it's truly amazing. Forget the DOT, maybe you can come down and teach lessons on the magic of driving on an ice rink.

/no one was driving safely yesterday...no one...regardless of how much of a snow driving badass you claim to be on the Internet

Settle down saddlebags. Were you unable to get you meds because of the weather? Next time a storm is coming stock up! Anyways, most accidents are entirely preventable, even when drivers are unprepared and inexperienced.


8/10  Excellent use of mild mockery and condescension.  High quality trolling such as we rarely see in this debased age.
 
2014-02-13 04:04:18 PM

deanis: I am from WI and live in MN. Can someone please answer this question? - Why do these people lose their collective minds and all drive off of the road into the ditch. When we have snowstorms people go into the ditch because they drive too fast and hit an icy patch, not when they're travelling at 10 mph. However 90% of our drivers are able to make it to their destination without flipping their shiat. Every goddamn picture I see from the south looks like a scene from The Walking Dead winter edition. Please help, need explanations.


I'm curious what other options there are?  If the roads ahead of you are clogged up with cars that are stuck and unable to move, you have no idea how long it's going to be before the road is passable, you're starting to lose traction so you might not be able to drive much further anyway, and you know for a fact that the roads conditions are deteriorating at the fastest pace you've ever seen, what are you supposed to do?  I think it makes perfect sense to pull off to the side of the road (ditch, shoulder, median, etc) to make room for other people whose vehicles can handle the conditions and so emergency vehicles can get by.  What are you going to do otherwise?  Sit in your car in the middle of the road, unable to move and block up the road for everybody else, many of whom are able to make it around in those conditions?  A lot of folks were only a few miles from home ... even in that weather, it's perfectly reasonable to think getting out of your car and walking home is an option.

It's a fact.  We don't get this kind of weather often.  A lot of vehicles literally could not drive in this, the tires couldn't get traction, for them it was impossible to get enough momentum to go up hills and to stop going down hills.

When people were close to getting stuck, they were pulling over to the side of the road.  For some folks, it was too late.  They were getting stuck in the middle of the road, unable to free themselves.  Sometimes other drivers were getting out and helping to push the cars out of the way, but it's a haphazard process.

Keep in mind the time frame, too.  We went from no snow and perfect roads to full on storm and the conditions you see in that photo within about 20 minutes.  That doesn't happen around here.  Even when we get a lot of snow, the roads are fine for hours if not over night before they start getting bad.

And another factor to consider?  The weather forecasts are notoriously inaccurate and unreliable.  If people stayed home every time there was a prediction of snow, well, I'd love it, but life doesn't work that way.  Let's just say, that far too often, when snow is predicted, we get rain.  When we do get the snow, it's normally much less than predicted.  Furthermore, the time frames are usually incorrect.  It's the chicken little syndrome.  Of course the weather people are saying, "We told you so".  They also told us so the day before, last week, the week before, and so on.

Also consider, a lot of people don't have the luxury of working jobs where they can work from home or take a day off every time the weather folks predict (again inaccurately most often) winter weather.  Yes, it sucks and it's dumb, but more of us would have stayed home had it been presented as an option for us.  Instead, most places I know of made employees come in on time, and only let folks leave after the snow started falling.  By then it was too late, again, within 20 minutes of the first snow, the roads were completely covered ... there were no lanes, there was no pavement, people were driving on snow that had been compacted down into a sheet of ice.

Hopefully that sheds a bit of light on the situation that seems to be perplexing for a lot of folks.
 
2014-02-13 04:07:08 PM
Equal amounts of blame to the weather forecasters and the businesses. The forecast said no snow until late afternoon, possibly no accumulation. What they got was 2.5 inches in an hour at noon. Everyone was at work, because businesses will not close on such a sketchy forecast, and was caught on the road at the worst possible time in the greatest possible numbers. That part of I-540 is total gridlock on nice sunny days. In the snow it was, well, what you see in the photo.
 
2014-02-13 04:08:01 PM

deanis: boinkingbill: Global warming is getting scarier and scarier every day.

Are people still laughing at comments like this?


Yes.  It's absurdity piling upon absurdity
 
2014-02-13 04:25:06 PM

ZAZ: LumberJack: Why is it that I can be nearly 100% sure that the reason this car self-immolated is because the driver had the gas pedal mashed through the floorboards for however long it took to try and move up an iced hill?

I helped a woman out of a parking space in Cambridge a few winters ago. I was wary of approaching because that spinning tire could have blown at any time. But she wasn't never going to get out of there on her own. I tossed a handful of sand under the front tire and out she went, leaving a patch of ice behind.


During Portland, Oregon's "snowmagheddon" several years ago (they really are not snow-savvy out there), I was there visiting my brother. In the parking lot to his apartment complex, which was open but set down below street level so that you had to drive uphill to get to the street, there sat a young woman in her AWD Lexus sedan, stuck with 4 tires spinning about 30 yards from the street in 6 inches of snow. Rather than offering to push, I offered to drive it out for her, which I did in short order. The big difference? I think I turned the wheel.

Later, as my brother went for a 50lb bag of gravel to get traction for the rental mini-van, I jumped in the driver seat and backed it out.... slowly, lots of wheel slip (zero plowing done whatsoever). Not wanting to stop until I got to the top of the hill on the next street, I kept going as my brother was left walking with 50lbs of gravel over his shoulder, nearly keeping up at a walking pace. Poor guy.
 
2014-02-13 04:33:24 PM
Well we know how to defeat the South if they ever do rise again.
 
2014-02-13 04:33:29 PM
wwwcache.wral.com
 
2014-02-13 04:39:58 PM
You people don't even know the full story! The snow didn't melt from the heat of the fire, it just evaporated! That CAN'T BE REAL SNOW! Snow just doesn't do that!

What the hell is the government doing to us!1!!???
 
2014-02-13 04:56:14 PM
It was even worse in Iran (20 second hack job....I know....not worth the effort...)

img.fark.net
 
2014-02-13 05:13:31 PM
Keep in mind that Raleigh and its suburbs are filled with people who relocated from the northern US. Plenty of natives still live here, but there are a LOT of people that should have experience driving in the snow.

Most of what Raleigh puts down is brine (cheap, easy to make), and that wasn't enough for the inch per hour we were getting yesterday.

Surprisingly, my Prius did well both yesterday and today. Of course I don't stomp on the brakes (not really possible with traction control anyway) or accelerator either when driving on snow covered roads.

The road shown in the pic is a very hilly one, and was a nightmare for those with rear wheel drive who can't get traction.
 
2014-02-13 05:29:29 PM
Its not a real movie unless a car explodes.
 
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