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2005-12-08 04:10:29 PM  
I meant freezing temperatures...oops..sorry
2005-12-08 04:16:49 PM  
Well, for what it's worth, I live 25 miles south of Charlotte and the predictions I am hearing say "freezing rain."

Having lived in the Virginia mountains, I can handle snow, but my way of handling freezing rain is to stay the hell off the roads.

That said, it's supposed to be in the high 40s tomorrow so it'll be gone.

(what do you want to bet I will STILL have some students try to use this to get out of their final exam at 11:30am tomorrow)
2005-12-08 04:25:22 PM  
(what do you want to bet I will STILL have some students try to use this to get out of their final exam at 11:30am tomorrow)

Great idea! "Professor, I can't make it to the exam because, uh, uh....a guy on Fark told me it was going to snow. No, really. Of course I believe him."

/southern New Mexico
2005-12-08 04:28:14 PM  
Given the choice, I prefer the seasonal balance of Winter and Construction above No Hurricanes and Hurricanes.

(Or, alternately, the four seasons of Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Construction.)
2005-12-08 04:31:09 PM  
Last year's winter storm here in Wayne County, Ohio, was something else altogether.

Power went out. Level 2 snow emergency outside. Temperature dropping by the hour. We have gas heat but it doesn't do any good if the electric blowers aren't working. At least we had hot water.

I got my son, put him in my van, and took him to the community center across town where the Red Cross had a shelter set up. I figured, there's heat in my van, and I just took it slow, breathed a hugh sigh of relief as I parked at the community center. My husband was at work at the time. Once he got off work we went home and he fired up a kerosene heater. (I'm kinda dumb when it comes to working those things--never did it and wasn't going to risk a fire due to ignorance.)

Now we have a snow advisory for my area, and a winter weather advisory for extreme NE Ohio. Kinda wondering what's the difference. Supposed to get 4-6 inches tonight.
2005-12-08 04:32:47 PM  
kbloy: /making the same drive this year
//hoping it doesn't snow like that again
///my brand new Subaru will protect me, though.
////FSM save me from the other idiots on the interstates.

What day you leaving? I'm making a trip back to Indy on the 23rd. Maybe we can caravan for a ways :D

The weather did suck last year. I hit the storm just as it was moving in. Started snowing somewhere around Richmond IN and was going pretty hard when I got to my sister's on the southside of Indy. I think they got around 8" from that one. My mom was pissed because we almost wouldn't come the next morning to make cookies. We hazarded the ice and the drivers to stave off her wrath.

/my mom gets kinda crazy at xmas
2005-12-08 04:32:53 PM  
the four seasons of Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and Constrution....

Bwahahaha! The four canadian seasons!

/best comment so far
2005-12-08 04:33:54 PM  
just rain here in chaaaleston. Lived in Toronto and Dallas and have to admit, chaaaleston aint too shabby.

/hitting up $2 happy hour at beerworks cause there aint no snow here (just lots of rain)
2005-12-08 04:45:49 PM  
dasc: What the hell is it with the south. Sometimes it snows. Not the first time. Won't be the last. I know you enjoy decades without frozen water falling from the sky but one freak storm shouldn't shut down your entire social system. Didn't North Carolina get a ten minute snow squall that shut down traffic for 20 hours last year? You should try living in New England, Minnesota or god forbid Buffalo New York.

Er, could it be because we don't have enough snowplows and salt trucks for those once-a-decade snows? Maintaining such a fleet would be a colossal waste of money.

Last year's storm was an unexpected event, and the few sand/salt trucks that were out there were *stuck in the traffic* and thus doing no good.

/feel free to continue sitting on your high horse, though
2005-12-08 04:46:53 PM  
Engico - SC?
2005-12-08 04:47:36 PM  
ThirdGenerationImbecile: Well, for what it's worth, I live 25 miles south of Charlotte and the predictions I am hearing say "freezing rain."

Whoa, you from Rock Hill???
2005-12-08 04:53:41 PM  
25 miles is farther than Rock Hill! I'd say halfway between Rock Hill and Columbia...
2005-12-08 04:53:41 PM  
Just gotta watch East Bay Street for the flooding. I have seen cars float down there...
2005-12-08 04:59:12 PM  
Add me to the list of D.C. natives who don't get the panic. You mean I might not be able to leave the house for 3, possibly 4 hours !?!?!?!?

My mom was one of the snow panickers. If snow was predicted, she would turn on the all-news radio station with the weather report every 10 minutes. Then we would have to maintain absolute silence so she could hear EVERY report. We would eat dinner with no one saying a word, in case the forecast had changed in the previous 10 minutes.

Then, at whatever time it was supposed to start snowing, she would start anxiously checking about every 10 minutes to see if if had started. Then once it started, she would have to "check" on the snow about 20 minutes. The funny part is that she was a stay-at-home mom. She didn't have to go anywhere.

One time we were in the car, desperately trying to make it home before the snow, and it started to flurry. My sister and I had to be silent so she could concentrate on driving. Flurries!!

/bought bread today but only because it was already on the list!!
2005-12-08 04:59:52 PM  

If it was so darn unexpected, how come there were no traffic delays in Durham, as there were in Raleigh? The fact is that Durham got the salt trucks out before 3:00 p.m. and didn't allow schools to release early. By 8:00, when traffic to and from Raleigh was still snarled, streets in Durham were DRY.

dasc, it's not "the South," it's the inefficient municipal government of Raleigh, North Carolina. One city.
2005-12-08 05:02:31 PM  
I thought there we only two Canadian seasons: the hockey season and the waiting-for-hockey season.
2005-12-08 05:10:32 PM  
Am I the only one who keeps one to two weeks of food in the house all the time? If you're so lame that milk and bread are the two most essential things to survival then you have bigger problems than snow. I don't get what the big deal is.

Basic survival things you should always have:

Sources of light and heat that don't require the grid
A way to cook when the grid is down

Then you can sit back all warm and toasty, eating a hot meal and laugh, laugh, laugh at everyone else.

/grew up in the south
//not stupid
///can drive in the snow and I'm a girl! Booya
2005-12-08 05:16:25 PM  

2005-12-08 05:19:38 PM  
Senor Dingdong [TotalFark]

Another Great one..

/snowing in Knoxville all day today. So far it lacks 12" being a foot!
2005-12-08 05:19:53 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

"You need to find a way to cook when The Grid goes down"
2005-12-08 05:25:00 PM  
You should try living in New England, Minnesota or god forbid Buffalo New York. No thank you. We like living here for all the same reasons you like getting transfered here. And while we're at it, five days of 90 degree weather is not a heat wave, barbeque is a noun, and we really don't care how you did it back in Poughskeepie.

/supposed to fly out of RDU tommorrow
//flying north
2005-12-08 05:47:22 PM  
barbeque is a noun

Where I'm from, BBQ is like the word "manifest" in that it can be a noun, verb OR adjective (e.g. "what kinda chips is them???")
2005-12-08 05:51:00 PM  
"We's gonna get Sour Cream AND BBQ chips to snack on while we BBQ at the neighbor's BBQ"
2005-12-08 05:55:51 PM  
klatubaradanikto: morans

/"morons" ?
2005-12-08 05:58:54 PM  
hehehh... welcome to Fark.

/off work! woohoo!
2005-12-08 06:08:57 PM  
My girlfriend is sitting at midway (in Chicago) right now waiting to fly into rdu. Her flight has been delayed for a couple of hours.

Apparently it's coming down like crazy up there.
2005-12-08 06:21:15 PM  
All I can say is, OPM better cancel work tomorrow, or I will be one pissed off fellow.
2005-12-08 06:52:43 PM  
Any Greensboro farkers want to get a beer? I'll buy the first round....

I know it's late in the thread, but it couldn't hurt...

El Carreton on Tate Street, right above New York Pizza. They've got a back "patio" area- I'll be there in a yellow ball cap and blue button down.

orange soup?


mr bastard?
2005-12-08 06:55:15 PM  

Not all of Maryland.

West of Cumberland has already seen more than 2 feet of snow this winter.

Two years ago we had 40+ inches over President's day weekend, and I still made it to work Monday.

2005-12-08 06:55:25 PM  
Although you could just put it outside, I've yet to hear of anyone doing that

Went to a Mardi Gras party in Montgomery County, Maryland, a couple of years ago after the winter from hell, where it snowed EVERY FARKIN WEEKEND from December to March, and in a Perma-Drift in the back they had milk, 1.75-liter vodka and a case of beer stuck into the snow like those old soda machines.

/good times
//still gotta get on a plane to Florida tomorrow at Dulles
///ready to drive
////or slashie something!
2005-12-08 07:00:18 PM  
I just dug my car out of the snow to go get some food at a drive thru and my automatic windows were frozen and wouldn't roll down. So I had to get out to get the food. At least they have the roads basically cleared now except right in the neighborhoods.Wonder if the roads where the Majs and Sgts live were cleared? Haha...
2005-12-08 08:09:33 PM  
So why is it that people feel the need to make fun of southerners dealing with snow and ice? We don't get snow and ice that often, so our departments of transportation can't fit the necessary tools to deal with them into their budgets. It shouldn't be that hard to understand, and that's why we shut down when it happens (and we normally only shut down for 1 day, so what's the big deal?).

And as for people down here not being able to drive in it... I've watched the New York news channels when it snows and ices in the Northeast, and people there are just as bad as people here. Quit being so judgmental about everything and grow up.
2005-12-08 08:13:32 PM  
Every year, the same post. Ok..:

A) if it *does* snow enough to make it slippery in the south - at least here in Georgia - it's going to *stay* that way, because we don't have snow plows or salt/sand/trucks to deal with it;

B) if "A" happens, it sucks to have to drive creepy-crawly slow just to get some milk;

C) if I'm out of milk, WHY THE FARK SHOULDN'T I WANT TO GET MORE....? Particularly if it means having to get out in messy weather?


Because it *is* warmer here in the south, if it snows it's probably going to go above freezing - which means the snow melts, which then means if it goes below freezing - THE ROADS BECOME COVERED IN ICE.

Which means, the non-existent snow plows can't help, or the non-existent salt trucks. It means chances are, your car won't get out of the driveway because it's a sheet of ice.

It doesn't matter how good you are as a driver; it doesn't work. If you can get out into the street, you'll just slide in the direction the road is beveled.

It doesn't happen often; maybe 4 or 5 times in the past 30 years, but when it has happened it's meant not being able to drive anywhere for a few days.

Which really, really sucks if you don't have food.

/curious how the weather is much more erratic now than 30 years ago....
2005-12-08 09:14:02 PM  
You people are pathetic wimps. You should try the weather in this nice "tropical" location!

2005-12-08 09:39:25 PM  
If we ever need to fight the Civil War again, all the North needs to do is wait for a snow storm to deposit some ice on the roads in the South and then move in with our freaky "Snow Tires" and "Weighted Axles" and our bewildering "salt trucks" and completely take over while the Southerners are paralyzed in their homes and wondering if they'll have to eat Timmy if their supplies run out.

/Grew up in Buffalo
//We called three inches of snow and icy roads "Spring"
2005-12-08 09:48:05 PM  
It would be awfully silly for them to have as many snowplows in South Carolina as they do in Colorado. If they did, someone would write an expose about all of the government pork spending on these snowplows that only got used once every 15 years.
2005-12-08 09:50:03 PM  
Although I've never heard of this run on bread and milk thing. The headline made no sense to me until I read the thread.

Why bread and milk? Who wants cold milk when it's cold outside? Why not canned soup? That's what I'd buy.
2005-12-08 10:53:56 PM  
My question is why does everyone want to make french toast when it snows?
2005-12-08 11:39:59 PM  
I live in Greenville, NC... and I work at the Colonial Mall. It was deserted tonight. Totally deserted. S'alright. We spent two hours doing nothing but playing with remote control cars from the neighboring kiosk.
2005-12-08 11:52:39 PM  
Getting hit with the snow now. About 8:00 we were near Akron, and we decided to hurry back home because we knew a snowstorm was blowing in.

Get on I-76 we got a little snow, on I-71 we saw more, and the fun part was going down Route 83, snow-covered road, two-lane road to boot. Had some dude behind us just about tailgating; we were going no more than 35.

Made it into town okay, the dude that was behind us got into another lane (4 lanes in town), tailgated another car, almost rear-ended them, and flashed them the high-beams. My husband and I were like, wow, impatient much? Did this guy not see all the snow?

Can't help but think that our son, who was sitting quietly in his booster seat in the back, had no idea that Mommy and Daddy were a little stressed due to the weather on the way back.

Expecting 4-6 inches tonight. I think that could be considered a blizzard in the South. ;)
2005-12-08 11:59:45 PM  
From my area:



2005-12-09 12:53:54 AM  
Y'all from the north wanna laugh at stuff like this...that's fine. Come drag your ass down here in August and hang out outside, we'll see who's laughing then.

[image from too old to be available]

/and good night from kinda cold and rainy, yet thankfully ice free South Carolina!
2005-12-09 07:08:35 AM  
Pretty sunrise here in Asheville today.
2005-12-09 07:15:56 AM  
Raining in Greenville (G-Vegas).
Sorry the Colonial mall was so slow, lungbunny.
2005-12-09 10:02:01 AM  
Here's a hint people: no matter the weather, no matter what part of the country you're in, almost everyone out there is a BAD DRIVER.

Truer words have never been spoken!

/drove slowly and defensively in her little Subaru
//snowing like there's no tomorrow
///winter in New England
2005-12-09 12:37:16 PM  

Hang out in the south in August? No thanks. I've got enough humidity and bugs here in South Central PA. I think I'll travel up to the Northern Tier and do some fly fishing this August.

\Got five inches here
\\Schools closed
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