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Raleigh Snowed in, yea, right
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Oslo in nc    Posted 01-22-2005 at 20:13:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My daughter lives in Raleigh with my grand son. I thought I brought her up to be an unselfish dtr. Dang, she still won't let me have him. She can always have more. Durn, kids. Any of ya'll have kids like that???? Mother's, out there, need not reply. Anyway, to other matters that I have no control over either.

Raleigh had a huge snow storm. 1" it was devastating. The wind was even blowing hard. My dtr. had a well baby checkup about a 45 minute drive. It took them almost 6 hours to get back home. All the companies let their employees out early to get home in time to meet their kids, Makes sense. According to my son-in-law the highway was jammed with traffic and intermingled with the traffic were the salt trucks. It was total chaos. The mayor was politically troubled and the governor called for a state of emergency. Eventually the mayor's PR man said it was the weatherman's fault for calling for a dusting of snow. So the weatherman was blamed by the political powers. I think the people are buying it. I don't. My question is if the companies knew early on that a storm was coming and gave the people ample time to get on the road, then why didn't the highway get it. That is what they get paid for, isn't it?? Thousands of people including my grandson were put at risk because a bunch of gov. workers couldn't do their jobs, responsibly. Could it be that it was too close to the end of the work day and the drivers wanted to log in some overtime, rather than being a good public servant???

Understand this, a 1" storm in NC is like two feet up north.


donna in w.v    Posted 01-23-2005 at 06:38:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Brother lives in Fayetteville,N.C. and it's the same thing. One inch and the city grinds to a halts. We grew up in Massachusetts and we didn't call it snow till it was 4"-6". Anything else was a dusting. As far as your granddaughter is concerned i understand completely, i keep asking my son to leave my granddaughter here and he just keep taking her home after a visit. last time they visited i did convince him to leave her here for the rest of the summer. she stayed 4 weeks and didn't want to go home without the cows,ducks, and rabbits. imagine them critters in a condominium!!!


oslo again    Posted 01-23-2005 at 07:43:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I rest my case. Where did we parents go wrong. Kids are so selfish with their youngins.


Ron/PA    Posted 01-23-2005 at 05:35:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know about NC but I recall a couple of times I spent a few days in TN for less than an inch. At the first sign of snow laying on the roads, we all headed for the truck stops, fueled up and parked. We knew it was gonna get ugly out on the roads.
They just didn't seem to have any equipment to handle snow or ice. We finally saw some private trucks from out of state, laying down salt, and within an hour the roads were just wet.
What little snow I've encountered down south, an inch was way worse than 2 feet up north, simply because a call for 2' up north would call out all the equipment.
Ron


ret    Posted 01-23-2005 at 05:48:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
you got it about right, this area with the tremendous growth but not enough roads to go with it, is wall to wall cars at noon. That 1" of snow froze hard on the cold road. Not only that, it is a hilly city. When the salt trucks finally did get through, things got going smoothly again.
I drove 22 years in N. Iowa, in all kinds of winter weather. This was bad here for a few hours
REt


Fern(Mi)    Posted 01-23-2005 at 04:36:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Having spent some time in Michigan's upper penisular, any snow 2" or less was never mentioned. I sometimes wonder if the southern states are for real.

We've had a bit of snow here the last few days, yesterday in particular. I magine it will still be there when I go out to do the chores in a few moments.

In spite of the fact I may meet head on with some drifts, I doubt they're deep enough to get out the snow blower.

LMAO
Fernan


Yep    Posted 01-23-2005 at 03:27:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
always somebody else's fault ain't it?


RN    Posted 01-23-2005 at 00:32:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
1 inch snow in Wisconsin is disregarded because most of the residents have experienced 1 foot of snow. For those that haven't -the best advice is don't go on the roads. The reports i've read indicate most of the trouble came from people trying to stock up on emergency to them supplies, off schedule business and school closings for the unprepared and political idiocy statements. Since NC and other southern areas aren't really equiped to handle a Wisconsin frost, stay home for first day, stay late at work until most ridiculous drivers are off road- home or in ditch. Home supplies? Can of sterno, lighter, water bottle and canned soup and meat should be in stock already. Carry a camp meal and blanket in car if stuck at work overnight, should normally have in vehicle anyway. Repeat- stay off road until next day. RN


ret    Posted 01-22-2005 at 21:30:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup, sounds like what happened to us Wed. My neighbor had his 4x4 with winter tires, don't do any good if everyone around you is having trouble. You can't jump over them.
REt


Willy-N    Posted 01-22-2005 at 20:54:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heck one inch isn't enoungh to get under the tires? Not even worth putting it in 4X4 funny how so little snow can stop a City from moving?? I don't chain up the School Bus till it gets 4 inches or deeper on ice? Mark H.


Susie!    Posted 01-23-2005 at 06:03:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I know how Washington, D.C. gets with one inch of snow......folks go nuts, we are used to driving on ice, snow here, so it isn't a big deal, thing is the school buses, and thank heavens they cancel school when ice/snow gets so bad...We have lots of back country roads that go up and down........9 degrees above here this morning, snowing to beat the band too......bring on the Hot Choc....and Hot teas.....


Willy-N    Posted 01-23-2005 at 09:04:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hardly ever cancel school here. I drive the up and down country roads with my bus to get the kids out to the main road. That is why the bus stays at my home so I can keep chains on it for part of the winter or on bad days. Mark H.


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