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Old 01-08-2010, 04:02 AM
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Just had a conversation with my daughter from MS and thought you may be interested. They had a dusting and closed schools for 2 days - probably a good choice. here's why

I know many of you guys have driven in snow up North and well, its no big deal - so you figure you can just go out and drive as well in the South in snow. Its usually much more dangerous down South!

Remember - up here we have salt and sand for traction and plow the roads. If you have no equipment and don't plow the roads - less than an inch can easily turn to ice as the snow packs, partially melts under the weight and friction heat of the tires, then refreezes as ice !!! - causing a much much more dangerous situation than if you have 2 feet and plow and sand it. The ground surface has been below freezing for several days in Northeast MS where Deb lives so this could be the case in lots of places....

So maybe you already know this - but just wanted to give a word of caution in case and maybe save a big hassle.

And if you have a crawl space and no basement as she does, maybe you want to let the faucets drip to keep the warmer water moving up into the pipes overnight.

Good Luck Stay warm - carry a phone, jackets, blankets, food and drinks in the car!
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ATL is a sheet of ice today (outside temp right now is 17 degrees)......driving on ice with basic tires is bad news no matter where you live.

Your observation is correct....we don't stockpile salt since it is so rarely needed.
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Not much you can do with ice except stay home - trac control and anti lock brakes help, but unless you have 4WD, studded tires or chains its no fun. Even then, you got all the other cars coming at you!

Stay home, drink and practice procreating.
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when i was stationed at camp Lejuene N.C. I remember Jacksonhole got 1 inch of snow and I was trying to leave town to go north and I could NOT get around all the vehicles that were stuck/off the road/crashes etc..

that was a cluster fuk

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Bob when I live in the upper reaches of B.C. up by the Yukon they didn't plow the roads, salt the roads nor sand the roads. Come spring the roads had at least a foot of solid ice on them......you could skate around town. Although the roads were lightly sanded the last 20' or so, so vehicles had some stopping traction at intersections. No one seemed to have a problem up there. I guess you just need to know how to drive on the stuff.
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Problem around here is that when it snows these people in their front wheel drive cars go out along with the ones JUST bought four wheel drive and it becomes a big mess.
For some reason they go faster and a turn , why should you slow down for that ?

School are closed here, 8.6 degrees at my house and wood stove is burning quite nicely.

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You got it. Black ice is the problem around here along with some people who just don't understand how to drive in slick conditions period. If you can drive on wet red clay though, snow isn't too challenging.
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Yes, I just got back from taking my wife to her work and I hit some black ice. I slid for about 15 feet before the truck caught again. Soon as I started sliding I let off of the gas and just coasted through it.

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Soon as I started sliding I let off of the gas and just coasted through it.
Sorry Butch, but you just failed your drivers exam! Letting off of the gas is the second worst thing you can do.
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Here in south louisiana we seem to get snow about every 10 years, last year it snowed the week before christmas and those few flurries almost shut down the capital. It took almost 40 min to drive the 15 min drive to work because of all of the fender benders.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
Sorry Butch, but you just failed your drivers exam! Letting off of the gas is the second worst thing you can do.

But wait I'm DOWN here in the south.

I do know what to do in sugar sand.

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[quote=LI And if you have a crawl space and no basement as she does, maybe you want to let the faucets drip to keep the warmer water moving up into the pipes overnight.

Good Luck Stay warm - carry a phone, jackets, blankets, food and drinks in the car! [/quote]

Yea my office is an older bldg and I always have to leave the faucets dripping when it gets in low 20's or we have frozen pipes. Well never paid much attention to the weather last weekend and got up Sunday am and it was 16 degrees here. Too late but went to the office that afternoon and yep heard water running and had to call water company to cut water off at meter (they were there in 10 minutes) and not any damage but just water and plumber got if fixed next day(got 5 different plumbers as clients so that comes in handy )


Snow in the SOUTH IS A LOT OF FUN

Famous statement you hear is "i live on a hill and can not get out of my driveway".long standing joke around here.


A "normal" snow here in the South is 3-6" and by late afternoon it gets above 40 then at night freezes over and we have ice, then next day by lunch time it is all gone and we are ready for spring.

1988 we had a 14" of snow and the temps did not get above freezing for 7-10 days even during the day. As you said not enough equipment to clean roads and they actually had to shut down parts of I-85 due to all the trucks stuck on the road and no way to clean the roads. We found out then what you yankees really go through and man that is tough, snow sure is pretty and fun for 2-3 days but that is enough
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It always kills me to hear those from the north complain about the folks down south "can't drive in the snow or ice."

Why would we? It snows about once every 5 years and when it does, we just close everything and start drinking.
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It always kills me to hear those from the north complain about the folks down south "can't drive in the snow or ice."

Why would we? It snows about once every 5 years and when it does, we just close everything and start drinking.
Unfortunately half of you cant drive in the rain or on dry roads either
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It always kills me to hear those from the north complain about the folks down south "can't drive in the snow or ice."

Why would we? It snows about once every 5 years and when it does, we just close everything and start drinking.
Yea thats right, woo-hoo or weehee or weehoo, ahhh whatever.......

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Originally Posted by 4/0 View Post
But wait I'm DOWN here in the south.

I do know what to do in sugar sand.

Butch

Well then I guess we are even, because I'd probably fail that test.
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Originally Posted by nautiduck View Post
Unfortunately half of you cant drive in the rain or on dry roads either

Then I'd suggest staying above Virginia. Forever.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
Sorry Butch, but you just failed your drivers exam! Letting off of the gas is the second worst thing you can do.
Love ya like a brother Garett but I don't know what is wrong with this - maybe the steering? Breaking? I now I would not stay on the gas....
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Originally Posted by nautiduck View Post
Unfortunately half of you cant drive in the rain or on dry roads either
LMAO.....you want to compare the average speed on any GA highway with the speed found in any northern state? We have a name for northerns on our highways....we call them speed bumps.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
Sorry Butch, but you just failed your drivers exam! Letting off of the gas is the second worst thing you can do.



what do you suggest one do when driving over a patch of ice?
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