Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Snow + Wind= Drifts

I went to bed pretty early last night. I was just over come with the sleepies. In fact, Doug had to wake me up twice as I fell asleep on the sofa reading a book. I knew there was a wind advisory but it wasn't too bad out when I went to sleep.

As I went back to the bedroom to lay down, I saw the glow outside that usually means it's snowing but I was to tired to be curious so I just went to sleep. This morning I could barely force our front door open. There wasn't tons of snow, but it had been blown up against out door and then frozen solid. Ick. I hate the metal scratching on frozen snow sound. Like nails on a blackboard.

Then of course it was interesting trying to break into Fort Knox...aka My Car. Melting snow had welded my doors shut in the freezing temps and I finally had to ask a neighbor for help. Man muscles and all.

I scraped about 8 inches of drifted snow off the top of my car and finally was ready to go, and the road was to slick. My car couldn't get any traction. I had to end up going the long way to work. As I was about half way to work my "check gages" light came on. Crud. I had been too late after getting my car out this morning to stop for gas. I knew that I could drive about 30 miles on empty so I felt fairly okay about going out. But you know it was on my mind from then on!

The road down to work was SCAREY. All Caps. The drifts were basically acting like launching ramps for the blowing snow. So instead of ground blizzarding, it was wind-shield level blizzarding for me.

So it looked like the road had been plowed so I was thinking I was going to make it to work... Wrong. So very wrong. The snow plow had only done PART of the road and was turning around to do more of the road I had just came down instead of going further down the road.

So I had to turn around and follow him out. The snow plow even got stuck at one point and had to keep backing up and moving more snow. Guess who was right behind him. Good thing my parents taught me to never follow too closely.

As it was the snowplow gave me a few heart attacks. They back up way too fast!! I was honking my horn and backing up as fast as my little car could on the snow.

Once we got past the Snow plow it was scarey just getting back into town! I saw one car that had gone off the road sometime in the night and was completely drifted in and a truck that had attempted going on an unplowed road. People were trying to tow it out of the drift with little to no success.

Finally, Nora and I were able to make it out to work about 2 hours late. Yesh.

I am SO glad that I got the studded snow tires put on the car. I would be terrified to drive in this weather without them!

1 comment:

BClark said...

Hey Alee,

I am so glad you and Nora made it safe and sound. Driving in that type of weather is so scary, one slip can end you in a snowbank. Good thing about the studs, sure helps with the traction.

I also liked your post about the Arabians. When we left FL I had to leave mine, broke my heart. She has a wonderful home but it still was a big sacrifice for me to do. She was only a little over 14 hands, but smart as a whip.

Best to you, Barbara

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