I don't mind the snow at all... It's been a few years since this area has seen any major snow storm. What do they say about March? "In like a Lion"? You can say that again!
The winter storm that harassed the southeast on Saturday, came through late yesterday and over night last night, and has pretty much paralyzed Central Virginia. I worked yesterday until 6pm, went over and signed the lease on the new place, went home and packed a bag, then took off for Richmond at about 7:30. Mind you, the drive from my place in Chesapeake to Michael's in Richmond, usually takes about an hour and forty-five minutes. Last night it took two and a half hours! It rained most of the way. Through Newport News, Yorktown, and Williamsburg there was nothing but heavy rain. As I passed through the Toano and West Point exits the rain turned to a mix of snow and rain... And then it got eerily quiet as it turned to snow. It wasn't bad at first as the roadway was still slushy... At that point I was about 10 minutes behind the regular travel time.
As the snow got heavier and more dense the road got whiter and narrower. You couldn't see where the two lanes of I-64 began or ended. When will people learn that you cannot use your brakes when driving through an accumulating snowstorm? Soon it was easier to see the edges of the roadway. There had to be 30-40 cars along the next 18 miles that had slid off the highway and in to the ditches on either side... Probably following the tire tracks from the car ahead of them..
For those (few) that read my posts, living north of the Mason Dixon line, 5-8 inches of snow probably doesn't sound like much. You have to remember that this area is not that snow prone, so the counties each own like 3 salt trucks and plows. Hardly enough to keep the interstates cleared, let alone the other primary roads in the area. They are calling for temps in the low 20's tonight, so the secondary roads will be icy disaster areas tomorrow.
Looks like most of my plans for this "Weekend" (Monday/Tuesday) will be rescheduled. As I look out into the parking lot here at Michael's, the snow is about 8 inches deep and my little car is covered head to toe... I think I will stay in today!
More to come I'm sure...
Over and "Out" from snow covered Richmond today!