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(WTOP)   The DC area is bracing for a winter storm of gargantuan proportions that is expected to bring the morning commute to its knees and turn the entire region into an icy hell of snarled traffic and human misery. Total accumulation? Eh, about an inch   ( divider line
    More: Stupid, dc area, Virginia Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration, winter storm, Loudoun County, D.C. Department of Transportation, National Weather Service  
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2779 clicks; posted to Main » on 01 Feb 2013 at 6:49 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-02-01 06:56:24 AM  
2 votes:
Christ, and I have to drop the dog off at the kennel and then drive to upstate NY this morning.

I mean, I lived in the midwest for 3 years, so it doesn't worry me.  The other drivers worry me.  A lot.
2013-02-01 06:54:00 AM  
2 votes:
I'm a Buffalo, NY native, transplanted to DC.  People here go insane about absolutely trivial accumulations on a regular basis.  Part of the problem is the complete lack of infrastructure (plows, salt piles, etc).  Whenever a "snowpocalypse" or "snowmaggedon" or whatever hits they end up importing equipment and manpower from Baltimore.  Still, that doesn't mean you have to drive like a moron, DC drivers need to get their shiat together.
2013-02-01 03:21:06 PM  
1 vote:
It's not so much the snow being a problem in the DC area. It's the idiot drivers acting like they can drive like it's normal conditions then they cause an accident and fark up everything for everyone. About 3 good accidents in the right areas can really screw things up here. Anywhere on the beltway, 50, 270, 95, 495, 66 GW & BW parkways and you can screw up stuff all over.
2013-02-01 08:54:06 AM  
1 vote:
I live in DC and grew up in NC...and can honestly say I'm happy to "freak out" over an inch of snow. I don't want to live in a place that constantly gets multiple feet of snow. Snow was fun as a kid when it meant school was closed and we got to go it just means dealing with it while trying to get to work.

I'll take hurricanes any day.
2013-02-01 08:32:39 AM  
1 vote:

Roukzeptea23: And DC drivers need to get their stuff together, like you said. Being a moron doesn't make it better. :(

I lived in DC for 3 yrs, and DC drivers obey traffic laws just fine.

It's just that the traffic laws they obey are from their home country.
2013-02-01 07:13:32 AM  
1 vote:
As someone who recently moved into DC from north of Baltimore, I feel expertly prepared to comment on things here:
1) Everyone who is not you sucks at driving.
2) The driving mantra in this area seems to be 'do whatever you can you eff as many other people as possible.'
3) It's not so much that no one around here knows to drive in the snow, it's that a few people don't know and then they flip out and it literally ripples throughout the area. One person being stupid on Mass Ave effects Nevada, which effects Wisconsin, which slows down the exit ramp on the beltway, which messes up the beltway, which slows down 95, etc.
4) I'm going to work now.
2013-02-01 06:54:45 AM  
1 vote:
Speaking as a Floridian, one inch of snow can be seriously damaging if you are not equipped for it as a municipality and very dangerous if the majority of your citizens have no idea how to handle it.

Sandy was a nothing hurricane for Florida, but put it up in New York and it is a serious disaster. Local context is very important.
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