Daycare was closed because of the threat of a winter storm headed into our area. I took M to work and she stayed with me until about 11:30 when Hops picked her up. He drove her home and when he got to our town, it had started snowing. He called me around 12:15 and told me I should come home. He sent me this photo he took from the front window:
I left work at 12:20. It was pretty when I left. The snow had just started and it was blowing across the ground, not yet sticking. Then, everything changed. This storm came fast and furious. Also, it seemed like every business let their employees out around 12/12:30. The highways filled up and the snow started sticking. This was 40 minutes into my drive, just 10 miles from work.
The photo above is what it looked like when I attempted to get off the highway. I sat here for a while and finally, about 10 stop light transitions, finally got onto a side road that should have taken me to the road that my neighborhood is off of. As I'm headed down that road, cars are going by yelling out their windows. I roll down my window and hear, "Turn around! It's blocked! You've got to turn around!" Er...okay. I didn't turn around. I kept going and as I started up a pretty steep hill, I saw the problem. Cars were parked on the hill that intersects with the street I needed to turn onto. In the middle of the road. Also, people walking in the road.
I couldn't see much so I decided to pull into a neighborhood that is right over there on the left and parked in their pool community building parking lot. I figured it was the safest place I could be. I was so thankful to have packed winter supplies that morning. I put on my snow boots, winter coat, snow gloves and hat. I called my husband to let him know where I had parked and I told him I would call him when I got onto the cross road and I headed out. When I got to the intersection, I saw the main problem.
What a disaster. These poor people. I'm guessing most of them came from the left of this photo and slid as they tried to turn right. I've seen it happen with the smallest amount of ice, it's not surprising it happened here. Also, please note, this is snow, not ice, and these are all (mostly) not 4WD vehicles.
I walked another half mile down the road to our neighborhood and my neighbors came driving down the road. Hops had sent them out after me because M was still napping and he didn't want to take her out in this mess. While we are northerners, we don't have 4WD and we don't trust the other drivers on the roads. Southerners do NOT know how to handle this stuff.
The next morning, we went out to get my car. The roads were slushy and passable if you know what you are doing. There were still a lot of cars on the side of the road and there were 5 wreckers at this intersection picking off cars one by one to get them out of the road.
Suffice to say, it was not a fun thing to experience. I'm glad we were prepared and we were very lucky to not lose power. I'm also very happy that I did not have M in the car with me when I had to stop and walk towards home! Like everyone else right now, I just want winter to end already! Come on March, bring your beautiful spring-like weather to us, please! We need it.
Gratuitous shot of our girl:
Looking at the snow from inside was much better than playing outside in it. She was so cute when she saw the snow falling. It was the first time we had seen it come down. She would look outside, gasp, look at me, look back, gasp, look at me. Adorable.
Then we went outside and nothing went right. It was just a bad day overall. :(