Skip to comments.Ice, more snow, threaten to extend Triangle shutdown
Posted on 02/12/2014 7:19:56 PM PST by Kartographer
Subfreezing temperatures and a night of rain and sleet on top of Wednesdays snow promise to keep the Triangle largely shut down through Thursday night and possibly into Friday.
The second stage of the storm was setting in even as police and tow trucks tried to clear the vehicles abandoned on the sides of roads and highways Wednesday. Forecasters had predicted the storm for days, prompting Wake County schools to close Wednesday, but the snow seemed to catch thousands off guard, trapping columns of cars on snow-whitened streets and highways.
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The Bermuda Triangle?
Ice storm wallops Southeast, stranding drivers, cutting power
From the article: Gridlock gripped portions of the state, including Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte, as cars and trucks got stuck on snow- and ice-covered roads.
“We saw so many people ... cars piled up and left on the side of the road, and wrecks,” said Christina Martinson, who was stuck in the snow-bound traffic with her husband and son for hours in Durham.
“It’s really, really bad, and it got so bad so quickly that people just weren’t ready. Even though we were warned, it just happened more quickly than you would think possible.”
For some, there just wasn’t enough time.
Michael Crosswhite, 44, planned on leaving work in Raleigh, in Wake County, by midafternoon, well ahead of when forecasters initially predicted a snow and ice storm to hit the area.
But by noon, the snow and icy rain was coming down.
‘Nothing you can do but hope you don’t get stuck’
“We just passed an 18-wheeler that spun out into a ditch,” he said by telephone more than two hours into his journey home to Durham, a trip that typically takes less than 30 minutes.
Moments later, a car ahead of him spun out in front of him.
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory?
Nertz. I’m betting the Envirothon team won’t get to go to Raleigh on Saturday for Soil Science, and nobody worth mentioning can go the next weekend. Gripe, grump, dang and blast.
One year in the late 90’s we had ice storm after ice storm for about a month (in PA). I had a blast with my 4-wheel drive Toyota pickup. I would go out with a six-pack of beer and drive around pulling folks out of ditches on the sides of roads.
Every state and beyond has a triangle. Indicating which state might help.
Some will never learn.
North Carolina. This current Weather Thing is what we call a big deal in these parts. We might run out of the supplies for milk sandwiches before we can safely get to the Walmart again! Everyone Panic!!!
The NC natives are generally nice, normal people. There are very few natives in that particular area...
I just saw a picture of the interstate in Atlanta.
Looks like they learned their lesson from the last storm.
There wasn’t a vehicle to be seen on the road.
I have a 1 lb coffee can that I carry in the car. Its got a couple of space blankets, box cutter, multitool, 2 pairs of 72 inch shoelaces, roll of gorilla tape, a dozen tea candles, pair of pliers and a couple of screwdrivers and flashlights. Since it’s winter I always carry my carhartt coveralls, extra gloves, clean socks, toilet paper etc.
Nothing for long term survival but enough to get through the night if I have to.
I do not understand this being such a big deal.
I spent my first 50+ years near Memphis. We had low to sub teen temps, average 4-6 inch snows in many winters, and 1963 with a 14 inch snow and -13f temp. That was a fun year. The park commission set up barrels of burning wood around the park ponds to keep the ice skaters warm. I was only a teenage driver, but had no problem on the snow and ice covered streets.
We did have a big ice storm with power out in the early 50s, when my parents, and the 3 of us boys, evacuated to a downtown hotel.
What are the two images of?
I’m never good at guessing stuff like that.
It is a winter wonderland here in HSV. The kids will be out of school tomorrow. I love the few snow days we have. No complaining from me. I am a kid at heart, anyway.
On the other hand, there are some of us who keep the woodrack high and the generator fuel tank full...and who cut up those tree limbs alongside the road to raise the rack even higher.
Spent last Wednesday morning using my snow blade to bulldoze tree limbs from the township road. My motto is “make things better than you found them.”
People don’t know how to drive anymore.
I personally believe it has a lot to do with safety equipment overload. One of the local driving instructors told me that they don’t even teach how to drive out of a slide anymore because cars have traction control now.
Give me a rear wheel drive car without all the safety equipment and a slick back road and I can perform a ballet.
Atlanta during the last storm and Atlanta from The Walking Dead.
The pictures I’ve seen for this storm show the streets deserted.
Never saw the movie, although it did look like a zombie apocalypse type to me.
Well you can mark the Golden Triangle in Texas off the list of possibilities. Weather is finally cleaning up there.
I believe this is the kind of weather my Dad talked about when he rode his horse to grade school.
Up hill both ways of course. ;-)
I know my Mom’s 77 birthdays was yesterday and her and her friends put off her Birthday dinner until next week.
Cymbal of the times...
If I’m starving that sounds good to me.
There are Atlanta FReepers out there that think this storm is rare and may not be repeated for years or even decades. All indications are that we are entering a new ice age and everyone should prepare for it.
Happy birthday to your mom. It is so quiet and peaceful out. Everyone is inside eating snow cream by the fire. I love it like this. No traffic whatsoever. They are saying 4-6” east of I 65 and that is this area. The friends I have talked with have said they wished it would snow instead of being so cold. We got our wish. : )
What are the shoe laces used for?
Ha! I lasted two years to almost the day. And I bitched, moaned and cried most of the time. Honestly, I was ready to leave day one. Certainly my former co- workers must rejoice on days like today that they no longer have to listen to me whine.
No, it's Phil Jackson's triangle offense.
For a vast majority of folks it was no big deal. Gas and water stayed on. It only dropped to the low 20s F. Open your oven and heat a couple of rooms. I don't have gas but have a kerosene heater. It was sorta like camping with a comfortable bed and running water.
Ran into some college kids that live a couple miles down the road. Horror stories..."We almost died...so cold".
I asked them why they didn't build a fire in the back yard, you're surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of WOODS!
They didn't think of that.
No - Research Triangle Park.
Research Triangle Park is the business/research area between the “triangle” of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill here in NC. Probably 50,000 or more people commute in and out of the area. RTP has one of the highest concentrations of engineers, PhDs in hard/computer sciences, and academics in general (includes pulls from three major universities.... Duke, UNC and NC State). It is very atypical to the general NC population.
Binding victims. LOL
They just make great all purpose ties.
One year in the late 90s we had ice storm after ice storm for about a month (in PA). I had a blast with my 4-wheel drive Toyota pickup. I would go out with a six-pack of beer and drive around pulling folks out of ditches on the sides of roads.
Back in the 1980s (don’t recall the year) we had a very bad ice storm here in the DFW area. It took me about 2 hours to drive the 9 miles to work on side roads instead of freeways, as I was in Mgt. and expected to be there. ...........Had an employee who took a couple of vacation days, rented a small backhoe and made a ton of money pulling folks out of ditches or just off of the slick shoulders onto a road.
Every state and beyond has a triangle. Indicating which state might help.
Sorry FRiend. You totally lost me there. What’s this triangle you mentioned? ...Don’t ever recall seeing such.
I always have my GHB and a case of bottled water in my truck.
I was stuck in the belt line traffic around the N. side of Raleigh yesterday.
Went into the Drs. Office at 12:30, not a flake. Came out at 1:30, snowing like mad, roads covered and congested. Took 2 1/2 hrs. to go 2 miles.
I made sure I had a heavy blanket in the car before I left. What did I forget?
A pot to piss in. :)
Was able to make it home before it got to emergency levels.
Note to self. Pack coffee can.:^)
That place is a dammed zoo.
It’s as if someone cut a piece out of Marin County, CA and dropped it in Eastern NC. Having said that, the hospital at Duke is the best I’ve ever seen.
Haaaay Skooter! Don't look now but I thank we's just been in-sulted!
I had to do two weeks at RTP recently to deliver some training. It was okay. But you are correct...it would get on my nerves after a few months.
Box of granola bars, some jerky, and a flat of water and you are set. I would also put some Tylenol or ibuprofen in in case you get achy from being in the car for an extended period.
Good system you have there!
Interesting. As much as I’ve watched that show(never missed an episode), I never noticed that skyline not looking like Atlanta’s. I would have expected better out of them.
So far, every time a real storm has headed for the Triangle, Triad, Charlotte area the forecast has been off by hours. The storm comes through earlier than forecast, chaos on the roads follow.
Yesterday, it happened to us. I kept telling husband that we needed to head home, he kept telling me we had time. Not so, we ended up making a harrowing 25-mile loop around the lake to get to the one little country road that does not cross a lake inlet before it reaches our road. All the direct routes cross lake inlets and all of them were blocked by multiple disabled vehicles in minutes. Folks around here don’t get driving on icy hills.
I can’t imagine what Raleigh was like. Its a hateful place to drive at best.