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Old Jan 27 2011, 03:59 PM   #1
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Pictures from last night and today: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...3&l=452269ccf9

We had a double storm yesterday. The morning storm that was supposed to be mostly rain/freezing rain left 4 inches of snow. The evening storm started around 4 pm and left us with a total of 10-12 (including the earlier 4). Kendall was stranded for hours trying to come home, up on an overpass ramp. After some progress finally around midnight, he realized the only way to make it was to weave around other cars, sometimes driving on the shoulder and even on the grass, because there were so many abandoned cars littering the road. Along the way he coached many others on how to actually drive in snow after seeing so many try and get stuck again and again. He finally got in at 1:20, 7.5 hours after he left work.

No school today, unsurprisingly, and probably not tomorrow either. The snow is the perfect depth for maximum fun for kids.
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Old Jan 27 2011, 06:23 PM   #2
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I was lucky: my driving instructor contacted me some four months after I took my test, (after we had had a six inch fall) offering me an hours lesson on driving in snow.

Now instructors are not allowed, by the D.O.T. to give lessons in snow (or any other extreme weather).
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And here we're supposed to learn to drive in all kinds of weather, although when it's raining heavily or snowing, they say slow down or use snow chains.
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Now instructors are not allowed, by the D.O.T. to give lessons in snow (or any other extreme weather).
That's crazy. I can see restrictions on where they teach such lessons, but they are really important ones for everyone to learn.

I remember our (mine and hubby's) first experience fishtailing a front-wheel drive (fwd) car. It's entirely different behavior than rear-wheel drive (rwd) and if you try to recover from the skid as you would for rwd, you will make the skid worse (which is what happened, we ended up doing a full 360). Next day we drove around a large empty parking lot for an hour, purposefully going into slides and learning how to recover with fwd. That knowledge has saved me several times since.
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Old Jan 28 2011, 04:29 AM   #5
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That's much of what he did. He drove to the parking lot of the police college, explaining why he drove with a particular technique. Then he had me twisting around in the carpark. Finally I had to drive him home through London traffic, most of which knew nothing about driving in snow.
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My sympathies to Kendal, Cheryl. I'm glad he got home ok, but what a journey! I hope the weather clears for you soon. But in the mean time I hope your kids have some great fun.

While walking to work during the heavy snow in Edinburgh I tried and failed to help push a car that got stuck trying to exit from a side street. The driver had spun the wheels so fast he had excavated himself some wheel-shaped holes and grounded his car on the compacted snow. No amount of pushing (even from the four people who joined in to help) could move that car.
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Old Jan 28 2011, 08:35 PM   #7
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My driving instructor was my father and he made sure my sister and I both knew how to drive in snow, flood water, sand and all sorts of hazardous conditions before he'd let us get a license. He even made us learn to change the oil and tires!

Cheryl, as I remember from when I lived in the Northern Virginia/Maryland area we had some years with little or no snow and some years when it seemed to do nothing but snow all winter. Sounds like one of those again this year. You should be glad of the snow, though. It's a lot less damaging than freezing rain. What did Fiona make of it?
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This was me being silly standing in front of the snow mound left at the foot of our driveway by the plow at our previous snowstorm about a week ago:

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And this is the mountain as it looked yesterday, several feet taller:

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We had about 18 inches from this last storm, and they are predicting another Nor'easter next Tuesday/Wednesday.
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We didn't get nailed by this storm. I'd say that we only got a few inches up here.

We did get hit pretty hard with the last couple of storms, so I'm happy that we didn't get anymore snow. Although, coastal Maine has gotten more snow out of the last few storms than what we've gotten more inland.
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Nice pics.. but I have to admit while you all have my sympathies I don't miss it a bit!!!
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Those are impressive heaps, Cilla -- how do you manage to keep chucking the snow up that high when there is new snow to clear?
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It's not easy, Cheryl! Those are actually piles left by the snow plow, but of course then we go along and clear a bit better. So, we are getting our exercise snow flinging! If we get more snow this week I don't know where it will all go. Our driveway in front of the garages is getting smaller and smaller and the driveway out to the road (which is owned by four houses) is getting narrower and narrower. I said to Jeff last night that we had better hope we don't need any emergency vehicles down here because I'm not sure they would fit. It will be interesting to see if the garbage truck can get through on Monday morning. I do like snow, I think it's beautiful, but I'm about done for this winter. This morning I had to shovel a path out to the bird feeders in the front because the birds and "squizzels" were staring in the living room window at me in great disgust.
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I guess Kendall wasn't driving the Porsche

Good that was able to drive and even help others. Great guy.


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Indeed not, it gets grounded as soon as the first salt hits the road at the start of the season. But, when things did get moving he noted a 911 booking it on the road below him.
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I'm so happy masses of snow are happening to someone else for once (Watch, we'll get buried in February.)
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I think we now have a PhD in snow. That's Piled higher & Deeper!

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We hadn't had new snow falling for some time now and I bet most people wish this will be the end of it. I don't mind snow, but it's so cold in the city and VERY hard to walk on all that ice on the road, although the snow started to melt. We have a hill in our back yard where I (and Emma, as well, as she often runs after me) made a path for sledging. Unfortunately, that's also the only path through the snow to the back gate, and, seeing as how that also started to get covered in ice, you can understand why most people are ignoring it and going the other way.
My aunt in Sweden had the same problem a month ago as Cilla, as they were (quite literally) covered in snow. She send me pictures where the only thing you can see are piles of snow and just a few roof tops sticking from them. There is also a picture taken from her front door - it's like someone made tunel of snow.
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We got a little bit more snow last night, and then at one point it switched over to freezing rain.

So, it was warm enough earlier to day that I was shoveling a slushy mess, and my driveway is going to turn into a big sheet of ice once the temperature goes below freezing.

I haven't looked at the weather report, but anyone know if there are any more storms in the near future? I'd think we could all agree that the northeast needs a break.
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