Let it snow, let it snow...not!

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Civic, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. KatieC

    KatieC Going in circles

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    That's a lot of snow! We've just been told we're to have a blizzard - I say wait til it happens. Our snow policy is you're expected to get to work your usual way, and if the car doesn't work - take a bus. If I can't get out of my driveway, I likely can't make it to the bus stop either.
     
  2. skatemommy

    skatemommy Well-Known Member

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    ^ Oh. My. Gosh.

    It is starting here now as predicted at 5pm. Weatherman says we are "ground zero" as far as snowfall amounts. My grocery store was SO packed tonight. I did get milk at the gas station no problem. I don't have to go anywhere tommorrow. They've already closed all the schools, thank goodness I don't have to get up at 5am to check!
     
  3. luvsasha2

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    We're supposed to get .13 inch of ice. So real fun! Not. Last Wednesday my school decided it would be awesome to wait until 9 to cancel school. I got to drive in the slippery snow for like an hour because I was afraid of missing class.
    Hopefully, they'll decide a little earlier tomorrow because the ice scares me so much more than snow.
     
  4. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Well-Known Member

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    Forecast for tonight is: "Visibility one quarter mile or less at times. snow accumulation of 5 to 8 inches. Ice accumulation of less than one quarter of an inch." Lovely. At least the buses are still running -- I hope. Got to get home soon.

    Today all primary, secondary, and pre-schools in several surrounding counties were closed. Also all community and four year colleges -- except the university. :mad: They did cancel any evening classes tonight and will make an announcement by 10 p.m. about classes tomorrow. Considering that tomorrow's forecast is for a total snow accumulation of between 8 and 13 inches, with blowing snow all day, I suppose that's possible, except they have only closed this place because of snow twice in 150+ years.

    So far it's been more like graupel, than snow. Walking through it is like walking in loose, icy sand grains the size of sea salt crystals. Until it freezes over because of the wind -- then you have a nice slick icy crust. :yikes: Going to bundle up and face the weather in a few minutes. :cold:
     
  5. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

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    I lived in those apartments :eek:

    That's nuts! Horrible snow and the city is paralyzed as you said. TU never closes, not even in the ice storm a few years back that knocked power for about a week in some places.

    ETA: TU is having an all-school snowball fight. Greeks vs. Athletes vs. Everyone else. Wish I were there :wuzrobbed :cold:
     
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  6. 4rkidz

    4rkidz plotting, planning and travelling

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    we are just waiting for the 'blizzard' to arrive.. the wind is making the roof creak:yikes: But we have the white stuff on the ground for at least 4 months of the year so am quite prepared.. for those of you who might also be expecting ice - remember to pull your windshield wiper blades out away from the windshield.. - makes it much easier after the storm especially if ice.. I learned that from my daughter who trains in Quebec as they all do that..
     
  7. Myskate

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    I work in a hospital and today administration said that anyone who could not make it in would be picked and and driven it. Then, they could spend the night.(without pay of course) and work again the next day. How kind of them. I traded with someone who lives across the street from the hospital so I can stay warm and relax with my family instead of being one of the crazies on the road tomorrow.
     
  8. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    Everything is covered in ice. I predict a work-delay tomorrow.
     
  9. JasperBoy

    JasperBoy Heading for Helsinki

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    Remembering my 31 years in Southern Ontario. Stay safe, folks!
     
  10. ryanbfan

    ryanbfan Active Member

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    TU closed today and there are no classes tomorrow. However, a huge storm went through a few weeks ago and Tulsa ISD closed and a lot of other major schools but not TU.

    And in regards to schools NEVER closing - my first year of college, me and my boyfriend moved to Colorado. I went to school in Denver and he went to Colorado School of Mines. There was a horrible snow storm where his school was (Golden)... and the school closed for the first time in 10 years. SO HAVE FAITH!! to those pushing for school closures ;)
     
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  11. Aaron W

    Aaron W New Member

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    Chicago's Midway airport is currently reporting heavy thunder snow with visibilities down to 1/16 of a mile and winds sustained at 36 mph with gusts to 57 mph.

    I hate winter and I hate having huge piles of snow leading to dirty grimy slush for weeks on end, but I do LOVE snow storms when they're actually occurring. I wish I still lived in Chicago at the moment. But when the storm ends tomorrow, I'll be glad I'm not there dealing with the aftermath for weeks to come. Here in central Ohio we've had a lot of freezing rain that's caused power outages, but I still have my power. And we'll be warming above freezing shortly and should stay above freezing the rest of the night. So that should hopefully help melt the ice and allow for a decent commute tomorrow.
     
  12. Rock2

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    Happened to me when I did grad school in Chapel Hill, NC.
    STORM OF THE CENTURY. 18in overnight. Stayed in low 30s all week so UNC closed for the whole week as we waited for the snow to melt (no snow clearing equip). Only the 3rd time since Civil War the school closed!

    Good luck!
     
  13. Rock2

    Rock2 Well-Known Member

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    Few are mentioning where they live. Would love to know.

    Plus, as the snow approaches us (Toronto) I'm curious to know if all are getting more, less or same than what weather guys predicted.
     
  14. Bonita

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    I live in the Boston area and had to cancel my skating lesson tonight so I could go home and clear snow (my husband was out of town tonight). I have missed the gym, yoga, skating so many times over the last month due to cancelations and/or snow-clearing obligations (as a property owner), I've just about had it at this point. It's gross, I grew up with it, but enough is enough! And people are so sick of it at this point that no one is clearing their sidewalks and walking home from the train station is getting dangerous!
     
  15. Kruss

    Kruss Not Auto-Tuned

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    I'm in a NW suburb of Chicago - the winds here are howling at around 60 mph gusts. It's rather unnerving. We got off work early, only to get on a commuter train that was crammed with people (I'm a bit claustrophobic), and then the train broke down for over 1/2 hour. We got to my station an hour and a half behind schedule.

    There are people even now stranded on Lake Shore Drive, which is closed from south to north. I've never seen it like that.

    Meanwhile, we got off early today and I am not going in to work tomorrow. In my 23 years there, they've never closed our office for a whole day, but I have a feeling they will tomorrow. The alarm is set for me to call in.

    Stay safe, everyone!
     
  16. KatieC

    KatieC Going in circles

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    Southern Ontario - Niagara Region - mostly blowing - high winds but no big dump yet. The radio said the worst would be between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. Supposed to be 30 - 40 cm. I looked out the front and there's a black stripe down the driveway. I thought maybe a neighbour brought out a shovel, but it's just the wind and the hedge playing games.
    Hope people that need to stay home safe.
     
  17. Anjelica

    Anjelica Well-Known Member

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    I'm in Michigan and we are getting hit hard, wonder if I will be stuck in my driveway in the morning. The wind has been howling, and I mean howling all night; snow blowing everywhere, it's a mess! Plus freezing cold!
     
  18. John 3 17

    John 3 17 Well-Known Member

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    'Burbs of Chicago here:

    The snow drift is so high, I can't open my front door! There's a two-foot step in front of my house and it's completely covered in snow. The latern lights out front (about 12" high) are buried. Drifts everywhere. Very noisy high winds. It's officially the 5th worst storm in Chicago history with a good chance of making top four. Snow won't stop until 3pm. Some roads completely closed. Had a civil alert on the tv for a nearby county that said if you get stuck on a road, emergency services may not reach you for a looooong time. The lows later are going to have windchills of 20-40 below.

    I love snow (in moderation, though!), but storms like this are dangerous, I worry about losing power and not being able to use the roads. In '94 we had an ice storm that knocked our power out for three days. The house got so unbelievably cold... we don't have a fireplace so our only warmth was our gas stove-top (no oven) and hot water heater. I never want to go through that again! Today our power flickered several times and I was so worried! Praying for everybody!

    -Bridget
     
  19. Kruss

    Kruss Not Auto-Tuned

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    They've actually declared civil emergencies in the outlying counties surrounding Chicago - all roads closed in Lake, Kane and Will counties. And for the first time in my 23 years at my company, the office is closed today. 5 Metra train lines aren't even running today.

    Whew. As soon as it gets lighter out, I'll take pictures of my area.
     
  20. John 3 17

    John 3 17 Well-Known Member

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    Kruss -- same area as you -- I wanted to take pics through the window (didn't want to keep opening the front door and letting the cold in) but I can't see out! The snow is spattered all over it! Will try later, though, just because I always take pics of our blizzards.

    -Bridget
     
  21. Auntie

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    Right now is 65 degrees and rainy in southeast Georgia. Everyone is invited to come down here but I'm afraid you will curse me out in August when it's 102 degrees and 98 percent humidity.

    Everyone stay safe.
     
  22. Spareoom

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    (West of Chicago resident here). Oh man; I'm going to get some epic photos out of it. It doesn't look like we got nearly the amount of drifting that some areas have gotten; it's too open and everything is blowing away. But we did get some drifts that I can see. Our neighbors back door is almost halfway covered, haha!

    My employer is Target and as far as I know they're opening as usual, but I won't be there. :p I can't even tell where our yard ends and the street begins; and you think I'm going to drive to work? Nuh uh.
     
  23. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    We got an additional 4 inches of snow overnight and it's just cut over to either sleet or freezing rain. Work is closed, although someone just sent me an email about at 10:00 training class that is still on via WebEx. I guess I need to be a good doobie and log in.

    Good thing we have a snow day today. We're getting water infiltration around several windows where the siding contractor didn't seal correctly. Fortunately, it's manageable so far.
     
  24. LynnW

    LynnW Politiking for Purple

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    I work in the Loop and generally get home by taking a bus that goes up Lake Shore Drive. I left work about 6:30 last night and fortunately got on a bus that went up the inner drive rather than the outer drive. It took longer than usual but I got home, unlike the poor people who got stuck on outer Lake Shore Drive until about 5 am this morning. :cold:

    At 8 am, Lake Shore Drive is still closed and they are still towing abandoned cars. i"m still trying to decide whether or not I am going to try to go into work.
     
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  25. Karina1974

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    Albany, NY - I'm at work right now, and bored as hell - I'm the receptionist, and we've only gotten maybe a dozen calls since 8:00. 6 office people called in today, and I hope we close early - those of us who showed up get paid our full hours regardless of when we close. At my job, the office shut down at 4:00 yesterday, and the warehouse shut down at 8:00 last night (I work for a steel company). The overnight shift didn't even come in, and we did not send out trucks today, for obvious reasons.

    It's only sleeting outside right now; I have no idea how much snow we've gotten so far, but I did have to do some car-sweeping this morning, because there was several inches of snow on it, I'd say about 3". I worked my PT temp. job last night (they are shut down today), so I didn't get home until after 10:00, and my landlord had blocked off the entrance to our private lot, so I had to park in a public lot a block away.
     
  26. Cupid

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    I'm sitting at work with not a whole lot to do. Luckily I only live 5 minutes from work. Roads didn't seem too bad this morning. We got a lot less snow than they predicted, but still at least 6-8".
     
  27. NeilJLeonard

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    According to the WC site: 79F with scattered clouds & a high of 80F expected today. Tomorrow's high @ 81F. Low humidity, too.

    However, much like Auntie, August, along with July and September, are much, much less temperate w/temps & humidity to match hers plus the threat of the big, bad wolf paying a visit to huff & puff & blow your house down.

    Consequently, I'll enjoy what I have today, even if I am baby-sitting a 9 week old - or is it 10 weeks? - infant all week. Fortunately, he's an easy guy to take care of...cute, too...:D

    NJL (..overall, life could be much, much worse...take care all...we do want you to return online eventually...:)...)
     
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  28. Fridge_Break

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    Currently snowed in here in Michigan until the plow gets to our street... which is always the last to get done since I live on a dead-end. Going to be a close call as to whether or not they'll have it done before I'm supposed to leave for work... can't wait to move away from this shit! :scream:
     
  29. mmscfdcsu

    mmscfdcsu Skating Pairs with Drew

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    Cleveland has pretty much missed the storms all winter. We did get snow and rain. The temperature was 41 this morning when I was awakened by my boss informing me that we are closed today. It is not the snow but the ice. The temperature is dropping. Might get out my skates and skate in the parking lot. :eek:
     
  30. topaz

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    I'm in Milwaukee. By me no real count of the amount of snow. The snow drifts are killer. I know the kenosha area, they reported up to 21 ins. Snow drifts 6ft high.

    I have about 4 feet snow drifts. The streets, main streets are plowed however the walkways have not been shoveled so folks can't get out of the house, period.

    Parts of I-94 South are closed. There are some folks stranded in their cars on I-94 :(
    The MCTS(Milwaukee County Transit System) are not running buses and that's a big thing.

    Here are some pics of the snow around my house.
    Back of my Apartment building, as you can see walkways are covered.

    I can't even get to my garage and If did I could do anything. The snow drifts around my garage door have to be around 4 1/2 feet.

    Again, street is plowed by you can't get to the street with the walkways/sidewalks like this.

    I took these around 9am(CST).