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Snow & Ice; Thanksgiving Trip Early [Nov. 24th, 2010|11:33 am]
Getting home from work on Monday was an adventure. I left work at 4:10. Caught the 4:40 ferry over to Bainbridge Island. Snow had been falling all day and I wanted to get home but turns out it had already gotten rather bad...

The bus finally got to the ferry terminal and we started out at 6:20 or so. The highway was a sheet of ice. The line of buses and cars crept along. Several people had abandoned, parking their vehicles and just walking. (Most of these people passed us. But the bus was warm and I could sit.) There was a collision and several cars off the road.

I got home at 9:10, setting a new record for my commute: 5 hours. :P

Power had been out at our house since 5pm Monday. As of 1pm Tuesday, it hadn't been restored and the power company could provide no ETA. So, not relishing another cold night in the increasingly frigid house, we abandoned and made the slow trek south to relatives for an early start to the Thanksgiving visit.

Took a few pics before we left. It was a substantial amount of snow, about 5", but the real issue was the ice underneath. Hopefully I'll get to post pics later tonight or tomorrow.

Here's what Seattle traffic looks like.

[User Picture]From: harvardheinous
2010-11-24 09:15 pm (UTC)
Long commute, but at least you didn't have to worry about driving yourself home in that mess!   Happy Turkey Day.
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[User Picture]From: chipuni
2010-11-24 10:01 pm (UTC)
You're a brave man, going into work during snOMG...

I worked from home.
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[User Picture]From: gatcat
2010-11-24 10:12 pm (UTC)
"Maybe if I keep my brakes firmly locked up, I'll stop sliding. Yeah."
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[User Picture]From: orv
2010-11-25 01:40 am (UTC)
It's a special kind of butt-pucker you get when you find you can either slow down or choose where the car goes, but not both. ;)

I went through one red light on my commute because, as it turned yellow, I realized I could either roll through the intersection under some semblance of control or slide through it sideways. I decided the former was preferable.

I have never seen so much ice in my life, and I used to live in Michigan. It took me over four hours to get from the U District to Kent on Monday.
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2010-11-25 04:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, the weather here has been 85F and sunny for the past week or so. Summer is on the way! ;-)

Drive safe, and have a great Thanksgiving!
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2010-11-25 06:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, god. May the power be back on soon.
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[User Picture]From: brandywine93
2010-12-01 05:28 pm (UTC)
thanks for posting the video clip as reading this i was baffled - how could it take 5 hours? how could people just leave their cars? to the mind of a bay area native - that's just crazy talk!! after watching the clip.... oh my word!! very glad you got home safe and it only took 5 hours! hopefully the power wasn't out too much longer. makes for a great story telling setting though?
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