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    02-26-2013, 10:23 PM
It IS fun tho, at least I think so.....I love being snowbound every once in a while.....never really happens in Buffalo......they just deal. I do remember one blizzard when I was in college-the drifts were to the tops of the telephone poles. That one shut everything down.

I know what you mean tho when you are not used to it-certainly VA is the same way to a great extent......

Hope you had a nice ride, and didn't get the snowballs in the feet too badly. I would think there it will melt soon. I would rather have snow than ice, and that is what we are expecting tonite. I am debating putting a sheet on the front steps-I have steps out both doors at this house (the one in NY) and I was once trapped here because of ice. I had to crawl on all 4's to rescue my dogs who went out to pee and could not get back (a distance of less than 10 feet) They were even sliding on the grass. THe sheet on the steps helps-I just pull it up and I can walk then. I do have ice melt, but live by the water and try not to use it unless I have to.
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    02-26-2013, 10:30 PM
This is the famous "Portland's snowy day bumper cars video"

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    02-27-2013, 12:13 AM
Yeah, it's melting off really quickly. A good portion of it melted today. While I was out on my ride, I rode down one street where there was snowmelt running down the street in a literal flood. It looked the same as it does when we have a water main break.

And, considering that it's supposed to be back up in the 40s tomorrow and then steadily warm back up to almost 70 again by the 7th, it will be nothing but mud soon enough.
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    02-27-2013, 01:10 AM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
this is the famous "Portland's snowy day bumper cars video"

Original Portland Snow Car Crashes 2007 - YouTube

I was living in Beaverton for this one, just down the road from Portland. We had freezing rain first then snow put down on top of that, made for one slick mess. Kind of hard to tell in this video but that's a steep hill. I was lucky, had taken several days off just to burn vacation (was at maximum hours in the bank) so I didn't have to adventure out with all those stupid drivers.
    02-27-2013, 01:22 AM
I get the impression that the reporter was just excited.
Either that, or they're from the south. Then it'd be both.

Even up here in the "north", people get excited about snow. Everyone tries to hype it up. In general, 2 foot snow drifts are nothing. But trying to control them on the interstate probably is what is playing havoc with their winter driving. It has halted traffic quite a bit. More so since it was coming down hot and heavy all day, and will probably continue to do so until tomorrow morning.

And yes, I do live in the central U.S. I can assure you that this snowfall is no different or worse than any other. Probably just a lot of little old ladies getting together and writing a news article. Whatever shall we do?!
    02-27-2013, 09:48 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Do they normally get that kind of snowfall? If not, then yeah, it's a big deal to them.

I live in southern Virginia. Anything over 3 inches is a MAJOR event for us, because we're simply not equipped to deal with snow and ice.

I'm in PA. We didn't get any snow last year and barely anything this year. If they are calling for a dusting of snow everyone flocks to the grocery store because they might be snowed in. OH and don't forget the early dismissals from school and cancelations of after school activities when that dusting is going to happend in the evening.
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    02-27-2013, 09:55 AM
Can you send me the snow? We've just gotten ice out of the last two rounds. Talk about a pita. I almost could have worn my ice skates to the barn yesterday morning to do chores. It's above freezing and raining now, hopefully it can soak into the ground before it freezes again. No more ice, I don't want to have all the nags in the barn, that's more poop to pick up!

Even here where we are (or at least should be) used to winter precip, the weatherman still makes a big deal about it. Makes me laugh when we are slated to get just a few inches and everyone is running to the store for bread and milk.
    02-27-2013, 10:20 AM
What's up with folks buying all the bread, milk and toilet paper when a storm is predicted? Are people planning on making a lot of French Toast, then having diarrhea from eating so much of it?

When heavy snow or ice is predicted I hit the liquor store! Can't have a good Snowpocalypse Party without booze!
    02-27-2013, 10:29 AM
MH-I lived in Indiana for 6 months-about 5 too long. I remember the ice-in fact, when it came move time-I vividly remember driving down the road, looking over at the trailer loaded with our stuff about to pass me, and thinking-"this is NOT good!".

SR-I am with you. I keep enough Tp in the house all the time-it is not a stop I need to make on my way to get more wine and booze. You CERTAINLY need schnapps for the cocoa, Tuaca for the spiced cider, wine to mull and Rum for the hot buttery stuff. Now THAT is an emergency!
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    02-27-2013, 10:41 AM
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