[QUOTE=pauliec;3941720]Did you say 9 hours? How long is your regular commute?
I'm surprised people didn't run out of gas. That is simply ridiculous.[/QUOTE]
It wasn't even my regular commuter (which is 36 miles).
It was about half normal, I was off today for an MD Appt. (apparently I have TMJ, more good ****ing news).
It was (under noraml circs.) a 45 min drive, maybe an hour in bad traffic.
I almost did run out of gas, cars where abandoned everywhere (looked like dead soldiers on a losing side battlefield), and my battery nearly died sittin in teh SAME SPOT FOR TWO HOURS!!!!FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
Give it a rest, the only thing thats telling is I don't take alot of vacation or sick time, and since yu have no idea how long it took to save all that up, you can go ahead and leave your politics in hte politics forum.
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And for ****s sake, real-wheel-drive should be ILLEGAL in any kind of snow.[/QUOTE]
Hey Fish, true story: driving back to L.I. from Houston back in the late 80's, and there was a freak snowstorm in northern Texas that we got caught up in. It was nothing as far as L.I. snowstorms go -- maybe a couple inches tops -- but it looked like pickup truck Armageddon all over the roads...flipped, crunched, abandoned. Actually made me appreciate the foul-weather driving ability of the idiots here up north.
[QUOTE=Warfish;3941712]So, DC doesn;t handle snow well.
Worse, it released all Fed. workers two hours early today, right as Thundersnow 2011 was starting.
The predictable result?
Untreated unplowed roads full of commuters, everywhere, all at once.
What a ****ing disaster.
Took me 9 hours. NINE HOURS to get hom tonight. I spent two hours strait + sitting in one spot, not moving. apparently a small hill ahead was totally blocked by cars/trucks that couldn;t get over it.
Nine ****ing hours.
I am speechless.
Bizarre for DC considering the amount of snow you get every year. We rarely get snow so we have no practically no infrastructures (snowplows..etc). So whenever it does snow, the whole country is paralyzed for 5 inches. (there's a joke in there somewhere).
The last 2 years we've had a ton of snow (relatively speaking). I had an epic 6h30 trip home this winter (usually 45 min). It's no use have snow tires either since noone else has them.
The big fail was timing. We're usually pretty decent at snow-handling for such a southern locale, tbh.
The FEds let everyone go two hours early, which triggered everyone else getting out two hours early too (DC is a Federal City/Area, when the Feds close, alot of the private offices follow suit, even if they dont work with the Feds).
But this decision put almost every commuter in DC on the roads, right as the snow started falling, and it fell fast and heavy. Before most of them got 1 mile, the roads were impassible with traffic jams, and the Plows couldn;t get through anywhere to treat roads or keep them plowed.
It got so bad, so fast, and the roads were so impassible, that by the time the Plows hit certain hills, they themselves were stuck in immobile traffic, and they (the plows) got stuck on the hills too! One major through road I passed was 100% blocked the other way by a giant 6 wheeled monster-plow, and a smaller plow behind it. Both were irrepairably stuck.
The various DOT's needed time to treat the roads once the wet heavy snow fell. All the pretreat they did the night before got washed away by a brief but heavy rain in the early am, and they never got the chance to re-treat it.
Just bad timing is all, really. If the Feds had kept folks at work another two hours, the plows and salters might have had a chance.