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2018-01-03 11:35:45 AM  
14 votes:
I don't care what anyone says. Driving on ice is treacherous.

4 wheel drive does not always mean, 4 wheel stop.
2018-01-03 11:54:53 AM  
8 votes:

abhorrent1: "As exciting as this is, please use extreme caution if you are driving [and] don't expose yourself to the cold for too long without proper gear,"

I usually hate the threads with the mid-westerners brag about their driving skills and how 3 feet of snow is nothing and the Californians saying they wont even get out of bed for an earthquake less than a 6.0.
But this is just silliness.


Midwesterner here. Skill has nothing to do with it. The only reason we're not crashing all over the place is the 5 billion tons of road salt they lay down every year.
2018-01-03 11:28:05 AM  
7 votes:
I think the 3 days of rain becoming ice and slush before the snow is the biggest problem. No one in Florida has more than all season tires unless they just drove in from up north. Most Floridians have bald ass summer tires. Not worn until the steel is showing....

/sigh
2018-01-03 11:46:05 AM  
4 votes:
The issue isn't with the snow (what little it amounts to). The issue is the thin layer of ice on the roads, etc.
2018-01-03 11:45:09 AM  
4 votes:
and how many of the people making fun of us down in the south were whining when it hit 85 this summer?
2018-01-03 11:45:03 AM  
4 votes:

fsufan: lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.

^^^ This ^^^
I woke up to ice on the car this morning.  Had to scrape it off with a scraper I keep in the trunk that I bought after visiting some friends up north one Christmas.


Handy tip. If you have ice on your windshield, get a pitcher of very hot water. Boiling from the stove. And pour that all over your windshield. Very soon you won't have any ice obscuring your vision.
Ever again.
2018-01-03 11:52:20 AM  
3 votes:
I'm from Michigan but living in Georgia.  Northerners who make fun of Southerners for freaking out about snow need a reality check.  It takes weeks of snowfall for Northerners to not end up in multi car pileups on a daily basis.  So, yeah, Southerners freak out when it happens once a decade.  GFY.
2018-01-03 11:49:34 AM  
3 votes:
Floridiots don't even know how to drive on dry pavement. So yeah, shut down everything, else they'll end up rolled over by the side of the road.
2018-01-03 11:41:24 AM  
3 votes:
Can confirm the flurries, which caused everyone in my office complex to run outside and film it.
The bad part was the light rain earlier this morning and the little patches of ice that formed on the roads. People here don't know how to drive in rain, much less with ice and light snow. Was surprised to only see two accidents on my commute in.

/bundled up
//drinking tea
///slashies in threes
2018-01-03 11:33:34 AM  
3 votes:
"As exciting as this is, please use extreme caution if you are driving [and] don't expose yourself to the cold for too long without proper gear,"

I usually hate the threads with the mid-westerners brag about their driving skills and how 3 feet of snow is nothing and the Californians saying they wont even get out of bed for an earthquake less than a 6.0.
But this is just silliness.
2018-01-03 11:31:10 AM  
3 votes:

skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.


Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.
2018-01-03 01:27:19 PM  
2 votes:
"Hurr durr, you stupid southerners don't know how to drive in snow! 30 degrees isn't cold! Hurr durr"

You're right cupcake, it doesn't happen regularly down here, we're not used to it.
However, this summer, when the heat wave hits you and it's 110 degrees and old people are stroking out and dying, we won't be mocking you for it, we'll just simply say, "Bless your hearts" and send thoughts and prayers your way.

/Because we have class
//You go low, we go high
/// F5 F5 F5 F5
2018-01-03 12:41:48 PM  
2 votes:

idrow: My friend in FL keeps saying, "We're freezing here, too.  50 feels like 30, so you have to take that into account."  Meanwhile, I woke up to -1 the other day and could see my breath in my living room.  What kills me is we grew up together in the Adirondack region and she only moved to FL last year.  Didn't take her long to get in the FL mindset.


It's not a mindset, it has something to do with constant hot weather and platelets.  A phlebotomist in FL explained it to me and...you see about all I remember.
2018-01-03 12:38:43 PM  
2 votes:
The funny thing is, us Floridians get freezing weather every year. We're actually pretty used to that. We just don't get the freezing precipitation, and we have no way to handle frozen roads. The closed school days, bald tires, and morons hitting utility poles give us a bad rep.
2018-01-03 12:10:42 PM  
2 votes:

RedVentrue: steklo: There isn't anything more terrifying then driving on ice.

The fear of not being able to stop or steer frightens the hell out of me.

Florida is flat. Drive slowly and it shouldn't be a problem.


heh-heh, I'm not in Florida and so I don't have to worry. I'm in NY and we're expecting 6 to 10 inches tonight.

(well, that's what she said)

No seriously, I can work from home in bad weather and I don't take the chance. It's not worth it.

I work 26 miles from my home. In that kind of snow, it can take nearly 2 hours to drive home.

My time is more important than that.
2018-01-03 12:05:35 PM  
2 votes:
What you have to understand is that an inordinate amount of Floridians are retired.  And another inordinate amount of of Floridians are chorinically unemployed or on disability.    Either way, day drinking will be added to the driving conditions, whatever they may be.
2018-01-03 11:52:36 AM  
2 votes:
Meanwhile, near Savannah (that's snow over ice):
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2018-01-03 11:42:43 AM  
2 votes:
Florida drivers in the snow are like South California drivers in the rain.
2018-01-03 11:41:20 AM  
2 votes:

lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.


^^^ This ^^^
I woke up to ice on the car this morning.  Had to scrape it off with a scraper I keep in the trunk that I bought after visiting some friends up north one Christmas.  There may have been some flurries, but ice and freezing rain was the issue.  Local schools with kids that walk, plus buses on slick roads, superintendent decided to shut it down for the day.  It was worse east of us and cars were skidding off of I-10 (not just Floridians).  Troopers shut down some sections of the interstate for a while.
2018-01-03 11:38:19 AM  
2 votes:
Meanwhile, in Japan ...

img.fark.netView Full Size
2018-01-03 11:25:10 AM  
2 votes:
When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.
2018-01-04 11:16:20 AM  
1 vote:
CoysOdie:
Wow, manbearpig

DRINK!

has gotten fat.

If AL GORE! is wrong because he's "fat", what does that say about the Flim Flam Führer?
2018-01-03 07:50:05 PM  
1 vote:

frisbee3: This is a difficult thread. Florida passed New York in population due to baby boomers retiring, etc., so I'm wondering why we have so many Yankees who can't drive in a bit of snow here? Is it because of the flip-flops?

/native Floridian
//why would you live anywhere where weather makes a difference about what you do day-to-day?
///no, I don't wear socks.


Why would we?
Variety is the spice of life, yo.
2018-01-03 07:08:03 PM  
1 vote:
This is a difficult thread. Florida passed New York in population due to baby boomers retiring, etc., so I'm wondering why we have so many Yankees who can't drive in a bit of snow here? Is it because of the flip-flops?

/native Floridian
//why would you live anywhere where weather makes a difference about what you do day-to-day?
///no, I don't wear socks.
2018-01-03 05:32:24 PM  
1 vote:

UtileDysfunktion: germ78: steklo: I don't care what anyone says. Driving on ice is treacherous.

4 wheel drive does not always mean, 4 wheel stop.

At least in the snow you have control. You have no control on ice unless you have metal studs or chained tires.

Back in the 80s there was one year when we had many feet of snow, total. The next summer, a whole bunch of guys went out and bought 4x4 trucks with snow plow attachments, figuring they were going to pay for the truck by plowing snow. The following winter, there was very little snow but a lot of freezing rain (also known as ice). The guys in the 4x4s would go flying down the road like "WAHOOO! I'M INVINCIBLE!" only to spin out and end up in a ditch. It was a very good winter for tow truck operators.


Yep... When I was living in Ohio and there were snowy/icy conditions on the road, there was always some asshat in a big truck or SUV flying past everyone in the fast lane while the rest of the cars were cautiously crawling along the other two lanes.  And 9 times out of 10, about 5 miles down the road, you'd see them stuck in a ditch or down a ravine with their hazard lights on, standing beside their vehicles looking sheepish.

/Ice doesn't care if you have 4 wheel drive
2018-01-03 03:40:48 PM  
1 vote:

steklo: I don't care what anyone says. Driving on ice is treacherous.

4 wheel drive does not always mean, 4 wheel stop.


At least in the snow you have control. You have no control on ice unless you have metal studs or chained tires.
2018-01-03 02:40:55 PM  
1 vote:
Mouren:

Awesome. Thank you.

/lernt something new today
2018-01-03 02:04:13 PM  
1 vote:

Mouren: syzygy whizz: Kouta: Meanwhile, in Japan ...

[img.fark.net image 425x636]

How the fark do they manage to clear something like that?!

(read awe, admiration...and not a little trepidation into the tone of the words)

Lots of dozers and bowers, apparently.
/I was hoping for a really big machine, Japan style


That was a cool (so to speak...) read, thanks
2018-01-03 12:15:25 PM  
1 vote:

steklo: I'm in NY and I don't have any pity for the FLA folks.

Been driving since 1984 or so and I am well aware of my abilities on how to drive in weather related situations. However, I never trust the other guys on the road and find it safer just to stay home and off the roads for my own safety and to save my car from being wrecked by people who don't know how to drive/act in bad snow/ice.

Life is too short for that nonsense.


THIS++++++++++++++
I'm in MA - life long "stay the heck home while it's snowing and the plows have a chance to clear the roads" advocate.  Seriously, do you not see the weather forecast five days in advance and plan for that milk/break/egg run before it starts snowing?
2018-01-03 12:13:05 PM  
1 vote:

RedVentrue: UtileDysfunktion: abhorrent1: "As exciting as this is, please use extreme caution if you are driving [and] don't expose yourself to the cold for too long without proper gear,"

I usually hate the threads with the mid-westerners brag about their driving skills and how 3 feet of snow is nothing and the Californians saying they wont even get out of bed for an earthquake less than a 6.0.
But this is just silliness.

Midwesterner here. Skill has nothing to do with it. The only reason we're not crashing all over the place is the 5 billion tons of road salt they lay down every year.

Was going to say that. I doubt that Florida road departments carry much road salt or the trucks that spread it.


Not just government.  Landscape companies probably have jack squat too.
2018-01-03 12:09:11 PM  
1 vote:

aseras: I think the 3 days of rain becoming ice and slush before the snow is the biggest problem. No one in Florida has more than all season tires unless they just drove in from up north. Most Floridians have bald ass summer tires. Not worn until the steel is showing....

/sigh


All season tires?  That's what I have and I live in WI.  Not sure what your point is about that statement.  I doubt they will need studs or chains.
2018-01-03 12:08:00 PM  
1 vote:

Unobtanium: Meanwhile, near Savannah (that's snow over ice):
[img.fark.net image 425x239]


I'm in Savannah and I got to stay home from work today because all the bridges are closed.  First ice we've had in a decade or more.
2018-01-03 12:07:31 PM  
1 vote:

TacoBeelzebub: I'm just worried about all the other idiots who DON'T know how to drive in icy conditions


Truer words have never been spoken. I agree. 100%.
2018-01-03 12:05:12 PM  
1 vote:
My co-workers here in Orlando are already freaking out about the possibility of icy roads tomorrow.

Co-worker: "I don't know how to drive on ice!  How do you drive on ice?!?"
Me: "Very slowly."

/Grew up in Ohio, so I know how to drive on an icy road
//I'm just worried about all the other idiots who DON'T know how to drive in icy conditions
2018-01-03 12:00:42 PM  
1 vote:
LL316:

Back in my younger days I had a half gallon of Popov in my trunk that worked as de-icer.

For you or the car?
2018-01-03 12:00:26 PM  
1 vote:
There isn't anything more terrifying then driving on ice.

The fear of not being able to stop or steer frightens the hell out of me.
2018-01-03 11:56:52 AM  
1 vote:
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This is why you don't play in fountains when it's really cold out.
2018-01-03 11:52:32 AM  
1 vote:

idrow: My friend in FL keeps saying, "We're freezing here, too.  50 feels like 30, so you have to take that into account."  Meanwhile, I woke up to -1 the other day and could see my breath in my living room.  What kills me is we grew up together in the Adirondack region and she only moved to FL last year.  Didn't take her long to get in the FL mindset.


Go swimming in 50 degree water for a few days straight and get back to us with your thoughts.

/doesn't need a jacket in drier cold weather
2018-01-03 11:51:01 AM  
1 vote:
I'm in NY and I don't have any pity for the FLA folks.

Been driving since 1984 or so and I am well aware of my abilities on how to drive in weather related situations. However, I never trust the other guys on the road and find it safer just to stay home and off the roads for my own safety and to save my car from being wrecked by people who don't know how to drive/act in bad snow/ice.

Life is too short for that nonsense.
2018-01-03 11:48:00 AM  
1 vote:

abhorrent1: "As exciting as this is, please use extreme caution if you are driving [and] don't expose yourself to the cold for too long without proper gear,"

I usually hate the threads with the mid-westerners brag about their driving skills and how 3 feet of snow is nothing and the Californians saying they wont even get out of bed for an earthquake less than a 6.0.
But this is just silliness.


It is good advice.   Most Floridians wear flip flops year around and their heaviest coat is a windbreaker.

It is 32 in my town right now, which is pretty cold for these parts.
2018-01-03 11:47:22 AM  
1 vote:
No big deal.. There has always been a lot of flakes in Florida..
2018-01-03 11:39:47 AM  
1 vote:
Florida are wimps


*lives in Ohio*
2018-01-03 11:37:44 AM  
1 vote:

lindalouwho: skinink: When Las Vegas got rain, people would continue driving as if there was no rain. But then, they don't get much of it. It wouldn't shock me that Florida would have problems with an inch of snow.

Not an inch, one tenth of an inch.
But they had freezing rain beforehand, so I'd imagine roads were slick.


Also, this is not a condition Florida is used to.  They have not had any chance to develop any experience driving on that type of road conditions.

/Live in SE KY
//From N FL
/// My family have now had more snow this winter than I have.
2018-01-03 11:34:24 AM  
1 vote:
Florida man is going to have new adventures.
2018-01-03 11:23:01 AM  
1 vote:
Remember Floridians, the yellow snow isn't for eating.
 
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