Snow is coming...

Discussion in 'Weather' started by xcel, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    As Summer turns to Fall and Fall turns to Winter, the white stuff is just around the corner. Here is how to handle it depending on your region.


  2. Ugh Still shopping and saving for winter tires.

    Traded the old winter tires from the van/Silverado that won't fit the Sierra for a Taurus Judge :)
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  3. brick

    brick Answers to "that guy."

    I was thinking we could just skip the whole snow/winter thing this year. That would be OK with you guys, right? Skip straight to April?
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  4. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Shouldn't that top left cell say
    <1 inch" ?

    I've lived in the Northeast, the South, and right on the border between South and Midwest. In the South column, in my experience, we need to move "Schools Closed" up into the top line, and replace it in the second line with "Stores emptied of toilet paper." The lower lines in that column are highly hypothetical, because they never happen except in the mountains.
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  5. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    How about May 15 ? April is still pretty dismal around here.
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  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Ugh. May 15 means likely 100° and humid because it's early in the year. No thanks.
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  7. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Weather report years later:
    Eastern US states’ temperatures are plunging, with strong snows coming..... in MAY!? Oh, boy!
    Polar vortex disruption to blame.
    Last edited: May 8, 2020
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  8. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    I know this is an old thread but thought I'd comment on it. I grew up and lived in south central KY in the '60's, '70's and early '80's. It wasn't an everyday occurrence but back then it wasn't uncommon to see snows of 12-18". In the late '70's and early '80's I was working in a factory about 25 miles from home and never experienced problems getting to/from work. In the mid '80's I moved to the Piedmont area of NC and couldn't believe how much difference there was between KY and NC when it came to snowfall closings and news coverage. I kid you not Charlotte news stations would have continuous WINTER STORM COVERAGE sometimes with only 2-3" of snow on the ground. I worked construction after I moved to NC and usually was driving anywhere from 50-125 miles a day round trip to work. One morning I think in Feb. '88 it started spitting snow as I was going to work and throughout the day nearly everyone went home including people who lived only a few miles from the job site. All day long everyone kept asking me "aren't you going home"? I stayed and worked all day. There was 14" of snow on the ground when I got off work that afternoon. I had about 40 miles to drive and had no problems getting home in a rear wheel drive vehicle with all season tires on it. One time my son broke his glasses and I drove to Charlotte approximately 35 miles to get him a new pair only to get there and find out the vision center where I always got his glasses had closed because of less than an inch of snow on the ground. I've actually seen them close schools when my kids were in school simply because there was snow in the forecast that never came. The above chart says 4-8" general provisions sold out on store shelves in the south. I've seen that happen in the Charlotte area just because there was a few inches of snow in the forecast and many times it would end up being a false warning. Before I moved to NC I was there visiting my brother one weekend and it snowed 8" during the night before I was to leave the next morning. I drove back to KY that day through the Smokey Mountains in a Mazda B2000 pickup with all season tires and no weight in the rear. Total trip was slightly over 500 miles and there was snow on the roads all the way back home. I've been back in KY now almost 10 years and things aren't like they used to be here. Now lots of people think roads are going to be impassable with 3-4" of snow on them. I always have more trouble getting in and out of my own driveway that anywhere else I go.
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  9. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    ^^I generally agree. I grew up in Kentucky too, and later lived >10 years in eastern North Carolina, where they'd freak out over a trivial snow. Same here in S.C. In Kentucky in the winter, we used snow tires on the rear of vehicles, which were nearly all RWD back then. In between, I lived in North Jersey with FWD vehicles, and didn't need snows much.
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  10. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    I remember my dad running snow tires back in the '60's when bias ply tires were all that were available. When radial tires came out he said they were much better than the old bias ply snow tires and he never ran snow tires again. Every car I owned prior to buying an '88 Ford Escort in '93 was rear wheel drive and I always just ran all seasons. My wife used to have seizures therefore she wasn't able to drive when younger. She's now in her 50's and has a learner's permit. When she gets her license and starts driving herself to and from work I'll probably put snow tires on her car during the winter since she's from NC where they think an inch of snow is an environmental disaster and because she doesn't have previous experience driving in snow. Even then if there's much snow on the ground I'll probably drive her to work and pick her up at the end of her shift since a good part of the trip is secondary roads and she works at night.

    People around Charlotte couldn't even drive in the rain without the number of accidents increasing 100 fold. Instead of slowing down to match weather conditions they continued to drive 65MPH on city roads with 35-45 MPH posted speeds.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2020
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