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Old 01-28-2014, 05:14 PM   #1
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When the hell did they start naming cold fronts?

Anyway, I just wanted to check in on our fellow southerners. It's still in the 80's in South Florida, but I've got a lot of friends toward the north end of the state that seem to think they're dying.

Looks like the whole southeast is getting slammed pretty good. How you guys doing out there? Got any pictures for us?
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Old 01-28-2014, 05:27 PM   #2
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I flew out to Houston on business and it dropped into the high 20's here today. It was also raining so there was sleet on the roads and Houston is not properly equipped for that ****. I am working from the hotel because the same thing happened last Friday and there were apparently over 500 car crashes here. **** THAT!
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Going to get Chinese food, I'm hungry... Nope. As soon as I put it in reverse to back up the barely sloped driveway, forwards I went. Goddamn it Star Specs! Why you no all season!?



I walked to the park next door to my house and got a quick picture of a bridge, and one down the street in front of my house. This is a once every 4 or 5 years snow for us.





There is currently maybe 4" on my porch, and it has pretty much stopped. High tomorrow is 36, so it'll be gone by noon probably.

I did eventually decide to go through the back yard to get to the street, and did so. But after 200' or so I decided it was too treacherous and turned back... after a few doughnuts in the parking lot next door at the park. I really wanted Chinese food today too.
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Got back out for a few minutes and got a few more shots from around the house for posterity. Wind chill is around 0 right now, and it surely feels like it. That's as cold as I've been in a while. Wind is gusting up to 20-30mph, and it cuts like sharp steel.











Interstates all around are literal parking lots. Abandoned cars everywhere, like out of an apocalypse movie. My mom called me and she left work at 10am and has only made it about 4 miles in almost 7 hours. She still has another 4 or 5 miles to go. She may be sleeping in the cold car tonight. I've been reading Facebook posts all day about people being stuck, spun off the road into the ditch, in 10+ car pile ups, ect. Glad for once that I'm unemployed and had nowhere to be today. This snow caught us all off guard. The weather people were saying it was going to go south of us. Wrong again!
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Lol couple inches and it's a mass chaos down there. Up here in NJ they would have had the roads pre treated and cleaned up almost immediately.
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Lol couple inches and it's a mass chaos down there. Up here in NJ they would have had the roads pre treated and cleaned up almost immediately.
Well yeah, of course. You guys get snow more than once every year or two. Plus, like I said, it was expected south of here, so all of our equipment moved south, and now we need it up here.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:38 PM   #7
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I lol at the south and winter, quite a different story from PA and mountainous VA. It's not sooo ludicrous considering what is the norm here, just very different from up north where you go to work/school in almost anything. Maybe this storm will be legitimate in NC and we'll get railed, but they closed the office today at 2 pm without a flake on the ground due to the weather warnings . NCSU grad school closed today's classes last night when we weren't expecting snow until noon today?

I'm not complaining because it's like being in primary school again, looking and hoping for snow days. I literally have a phone number to call and see if there's a snow day for work when there is possibility of 'conditions'.
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Send it this way, its 65 and sunny in coastal California today. We don't want your snow but we do need the water.

Stay safe out there yous gays
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This thread is cute. A bit of snow and everyone has their panties in a bunch.


That being said, I have traveled to Georgia when they got a dusting a few years back. They were NOT ready for that ****.
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Keep in mind that down here, a "salt truck" is a regular pickup with a couple of guys in the back with shovels.
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Tomorrow will be day 4 in a row of school being closed. And i'm in Michigan, which is weird.

Went to spray the NB off after work today. I had to park on the huge ice hunk in the middle of the bay. Straddling it would have resulted in me high centering. The poor car was turning white, i had to do something.
As soon as the water hit the car it was freezing. I drove it home as a solid chunk of ice.
She's thawing out in the garage now though.
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:50 PM   #12
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Lol couple inches and it's a mass chaos down there. Up here in NJ they would have had the roads pre treated and cleaned up almost immediately.
In our defense, we had to listen to you guys crying about SUPER tropical STORM SANDY for months and nobody around here notices anything less than a Cat 3 Hurricane.
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In our defense, we had to listen to you guys crying about SUPER tropical STORM SANDY for months and nobody around here notices anything less than a Cat 3 Hurricane.
Touche' lol

Although I personally wasn't affected... Just a little wind and rain lol
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Touche...although I live directly on the coast and my parents ended up with a big *** oak tree on their house (and my boat).

My apartment 30 minutes inland was untouched though.
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I'm debating on taking the big tractor out with a chain and ****** strap and help some of these people out of the ditch. 2.5 tons of 4wd diesel power. Be the most helpful ****** in the city tonight.
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Well, both parents and several friends are stuck on interstates around the Birmingham metro area, probably through the night and into tomorrow. If I had an ATV and Jerry cans I'd go pick them up. Maybe they won't freeze to death or die of carbon monoxide poisoning in this below zero wind chill. A whole 2"-3" and it all shuts down. I just walked 2 miles to a gas station thinking maybe they would be open. Nope, 24 hour station closed too.



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Well, both parents and several friends are stuck on interstates around the Birmingham metro area, probably through the night and into tomorrow. If I had an ATV and Jerry cans I'd go pick them up. Maybe they won't freeze to death or die of carbon monoxide poisoning in this below zero wind chill. A whole 2"-3" and it all shuts down. I just walked 2 miles to a gas station thinking maybe they would be open. Nope, 24 hour station closed too.
You've got to be kidding me...


While we're on the topic of snowed in.
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Nope. There was no preparation like they may have usually performed, which would only consist of a light salting of roads by the few trucks the cities or county has. We weren't supposed to get any accumulation at all according to weather reports early this morning. Now everything is solid ice. This is a pretty hilly area too, so you might can move a little way, but as soon as you reach an incline, you're done. I couldn't even get out of the neighborhood in my little *** car earlier, and it's worse now than it was in daylight, now that the temp has dropped another 20 degrees.

Just watched a video of what looked to be a 30-40 car pile up in I-65, and heard a report earlier of 5 tractor trailers jack knifed blocking both directions of I-20. THEN, about 25 miles east of me up I-20, the state has told people to leave their cars where they are, walk to the nearest exit and buses will shuttle them to a shelter area. That tells you what kind of a ******* mess this is, even if you northern guys are smart asses about it. Congrats, you deal with shitty weather more often than we do. Here's your award.

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I live on the coast and most things are shut down except for gas stations and Walgreens. I went for a ride earlier to get some gummy bears and take my elderly neighbor to check on her brother's home.
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You've got to be kidding me...


While we're on the topic of snowed in.
I'd be lieing if I told you I didn't just look up snowmobiles for sale in South jersey craigslist hahahaha..... If I had no limitations with money I would pick one up to use the 3 days it snows every year here... Cause that looks like a blast lmao!
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