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Old 02-06-2010, 02:51 AM
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Default Deep snow, no high clearance? Stay home!

I just drove into work, about 15 miles into DC.
(emergency worker)
Of course the neighborhood was a mess, maybe 26" deep on unplowed roads.
I saw no tracks (or plowing) until I got to the major roads.
Tons of issues:
High snow
Road disappearing into nothing
Whiteout, can't find the road
Walls of plowed snow suddenly appearing in front of you
Front-end loaders suddenly appearing (No plows, just heavy equipment)

I was on the Interstate and there are no lanes, you can't read the overhead signs because they are covered with snow. You have to count the exits, IF you can even see the ramp!
Even on the Interstate, berms appear suddenly with heavy equipment behind them.

You think it's no problem because you have four wheel drive, think again.....
The deep snow will build up in front of you if you don't have the ground clearance, in this case, snow clearance. So much will pile up and stop you cold.

I stayed in 4WD all the way to work, and I needed it too.
Fortunately, I had the snow clearance too.
So if ya don't HAVE TO be at work, don't.
The snow around DC is very heavy and wet, wears you out just cleaning off the truck.

Those with a few years on ya, leave it alone, a lot of ppl have heart attacks clearing snow, it's heavy!
Stay home, stay safe, and enjoy the day!!!!
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I have to pick up my wife at the hospital in about an hour. I should have borrowed a Hummer from the motor pool
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:02 AM
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I just drove into work,...... Of course the neighborhood was a mess, maybe 26" deep on unplowed roads.
~ we got zero inches ~ ........I don't even need to break out the leaf blower to dust off the back porch.
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:12 AM
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We didn't get that much...yet. Its still snowing pretty good out there. I'm home from college for the weekend sick so I'm not really looking forward to the shoveling but, at the same time, I do want to try my luck driving around my neighborhood. Last time in 21" I did fine until I put it in 2wd for a picture with the tires spinning. Had to deflate the tires a little and put the axle locks on to get out.
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Yeah, and today is supposed to be worse!! I'm going out to plow my driveway again!
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Here we go...
The wind is honkin too (I can hear it on my cameras)
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I was able to drive the 2 miles to pick up the Admiral. It is packed so easy to drive in. I do not have 4 wheel drive, but a bunch of clearance.
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I took this about 4 this morning.
It was the first sign I could actually see on a 5 lane Interstate.
Problem was, hard to find the unplowed ramp off the Interstate.
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They actually plowed the cul de sac where my Toms River house is. They're not messing around! This storm has nothing on the one that occurred over Christmas Break. 21" and I needed 4wd low and lockers and deflated tires to drive. Today there was a big snow bank in front of the driveway from the plow that I just mauled over in 4wd high. Once I hit the street, popped it into 2wd and did some doughnuts. It is extremely slick. I spun the tires when I took off in 1st and 2nd gear. 3rd gear launch was a little better. Be careful and have fun!
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Sounds like a typical snow storm here in Maine, no big deal.
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Sounds like a typical snow storm here in Maine, no big deal.
Non-typical here and a awlful big deal
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Originally Posted by PMaine View Post
Sounds like a typical snow storm here in Maine, no big deal.
Whatever

I don't care where you are, 25-30" of heavy wet snow in 24 hours is a big deal
Nearly 30" here just south of Baltimore.
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We got 26" east of Pittsburgh. Govener declared this area a state of emergency.

Spent all day yesterday on snow removal. Even with a snow blower it took all day. Didn't know we were going to get that much (they were predicting 8 to 10 inches) otherwise I would've been out Friday night running the snow blower. I have about 350 ft of single lane paved road to clear (private access, not boro maintained) plus another 200 ft of gravel driveway. If you ever think it'd be nice to live out away from it all, think again.

I'll say this much, I'm on my third winter with my Craftsman 26" dual stage, Tecumsa 7 hp snow blower. This year more than the previous two, it has been given quite a work out. And despite having to clear that much gravel area (even dropping the skids, gravel is still murder on a snow blower), it has held up beautifully. It's an electric start (you plug it into the wall), but I pull start it and it starts first pull every time. Been through it's share of shear pins though. Maybe about 15 or so this year. But shear pins are supposed to break, as opposed to damaging another part of the machine.
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30 inches in one day in Alaska causes problems. I spent 6 years there and one year they decided to wait to plow until it was over. They use graders there to clear. I had a suburu wagon and that thing was awesome in the snow.

We took a drive up Route 1 last night, wife was getting cabin fever. My non 4 X 4 did very well in the packed snow, sllow and easy. Mickey D's was the only thing we saw open, and a couple of pizza joints.

I need to clean off my boat cover today; I think a buckle broke on it.
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