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dunkndollaz
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#1 Posted on 25.2.05 0755.41
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Ok - so it snowed no more than 3 light fluffy powdery inches last night here in Northern NJ but the way some people were driving - and they were all in front of me - you would have thought we had a blizzard. So, let me get this out there - if you don't know how to drive in snow - stay home. If driving in snow scares you - stay home. If you are going to drive like you are paralyzed with with fear - stay home. If you are going 10 mph because the snow is on the side of the road but not on the road - stay home or get off the road.

Thank you - I feel better now.
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#2 Posted on 25.2.05 0851.23
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I so sympathize and agree. I came closer to dying this morning than I think I ever have courtesy of some little old woman doing 20 mph on I-94 because she was traumatized by the 3/4 inch of lake effect snow that was on the grass beside the I.

To echo Dunk, if you can't drive in the stuff, don't. I don't know if I feel better, but at least I'm calmer.

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#3 Posted on 25.2.05 0942.44
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Dunk,

As bad as it was this morning, you should have (or more accurately, shouldn't have) been on the roads last night at midnight WHILE it was snowing. It was like one huge Drivers Ed course from the city to Long Island!!

I encourage everyone described in dunkndollaz post to make use of the extensive NY/NJ mass transit system on days where the weather scares you, & even the days where it doesn't.
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#4 Posted on 25.2.05 1405.11
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We got about 6-8 inches in my neck of the woods. I like that because every school in the area had a delayed opening today. Also since it's Friday, I think most people decided to stay home or just avoid the office.

It made for a very nice 25 mile commute this morning with almost nobody on the road.
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#5 Posted on 25.2.05 1506.34
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Since I've moved to Virginia, I've been extremely surprised by how insane people get at the very hint of snow. Someone gets it into their mind that we're gonna have a blizzard, and before you know it everybody comes to Blockbuster. And the snow either doesn't come or it's a light sprinkling that doesn't even stick to the ground.

And when we have those light sprinklings, they close everything down! Restaurants, schools, you name it. They don't give me a day off from work, naturally. But if I were still in Indy, Dr. White would've said, "I don't care if there are seven feet on the ground and everything you see is coated in ice. Get your snowshoes on, borrow a helicopter or something, and get your ass to school."

And when we have even an inch of snow on the ground, I know we're gonna be stuck in traffic for an hour. So, yeah, I'll echo the sentiments of my fellow W's. Learn how to drive in snow or get it the fuck off the road.
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#6 Posted on 25.2.05 1701.13
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Since I've moved to Virginia, I've been extremely surprised by how insane people get at the very hint of snow. Someone gets it into their mind that we're gonna have a blizzard, and before you know it everybody comes to Blockbuster. And the snow either doesn't come or it's a light sprinkling that doesn't even stick to the ground.

    And when we have those light sprinklings, they close everything down! Restaurants, schools, you name it. They don't give me a day off from work, naturally.


Welcome to the mid-Atlantic region.

It's ALWAYS like this in the DC/MD/VA area. Threat of snow? 10%? "OMG, we need TP, movies, milk, and bread."

And NO ONE here knows how to drive in it. I love blizzards like this because on I-95, it's like a "Fast and the Furious" reject parking lot on the shoulders.

Little Honda Civics and other tricked out cars abandoned because they thought they could just tear through the snow like it was nothing.
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#7 Posted on 25.2.05 1933.40
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Meanwhile, the only time in my life that the Calgary Public School system EVER cancelled class due to weather was the St. Patrick's Day Blizzard of 1997 (or 1998). We got about a foot and a half of snow overnight, which piled onto the six inches we had from a couple days previous. The result? Side streets were impassable, and the majority of major roads didn't get plowed until the mid-afternoon.

Hell, around here people drive like maniacs unless there's zero visibility. Then they just drive like morons.
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#8 Posted on 25.2.05 2343.56
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Today, I was on a bus, in rush hour traffic, in a snow storm. Some lady was playing with the ringtones on her cellphone, laughing hysterically, as though she was the only person on the bus.

Sadly she wasn't...the bus was packed...and the hour long trip took TWO HOURS.

Joy indeed. I shoulda taken the train instead :-)
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#9 Posted on 26.2.05 0001.10
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Last Thursday, we got hit with a squall that left the roads wet, but they iced over by the time the sun set. Ice is a billion times worse than snow, especially going through the mountains/higher elevations. I sat on the state route, at the top of a mountain for 3 hours watching people slide back down the mountain as they couldn't figure out the whole traction thing, while the road crews cleared up one accident after another. I was lucky though. One of my coworkers had opted for the interstate, where a 30-minute commute turned into 9 hours of sitting.

Ever since then, the slightest flurry has been making people panic and drop twenty miles below the speed limit even when the roads are pefectly clear. We had about five inches of snow on the ground by this morning, but it had all been plowed. Yet there was a giant BMW SUV driving down my (25 MPH speed limit) side street with its four-ways flashing. Most of the cars on the shoulder last night coming home during the furious storm of flurries were SUVs or pickups that you'd think would just turn on the 4x4 and go; the "Fast and the Furious rejects" were blowing by at 80 miles per hour. I've started leaving an overnight bag in my car just in case, because it's less aggravating to get a hotel room or crash at somebody's house than to deal with the highways.
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