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McLoki
11-30-2006, 03:54 PM
They always forcast snow and we get nothing. If they forcast 6" we end up with 1"-2". As the first major snowstorm I have driven in with my new car, I wish it would just get here already and get the suspense overwith.

Car is a Dodge Charger Daytona R/T (big, heavy, rear wheel drive, fat tires and a big motor - not the best snow combination) They are currently forcasting 8"-14" in my area. Guess we will know tomorrow...

For those who want to know - this is what it looks like. (http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/full.php) We will definately get something. (central Illinois - right between chicago and St. Louis.)

Michael

PolkThug
11-30-2006, 03:55 PM
Its really bad here (Kansas) too.

dkg999
11-30-2006, 03:58 PM
Light snowflakes in Belvidere IL this morning! Just a few flakes during the day here in Schaumburg (at least flakes of snow!). Looks like northern IL might get nailed tonight.

zombie boy 2000
11-30-2006, 04:04 PM
Crazy how it can ride along the north bank of the Ohio River...

I've watched storms rage right across the bridge with nary a drop on my head in the 'ville.

bobman1235
11-30-2006, 04:12 PM
A Charger R/T, and your'e going to keep it on the road in the winter? You're a crazy person!

McLoki
11-30-2006, 04:20 PM
A Charger R/T, and your'e going to keep it on the road in the winter? You're a crazy person!
I have actually heard they are not that bad, but I am still worried about it. My wife also works outside the home and drives a 300c (purchased after she drove my charger and liked it alot) so she is in the same boat.

Getting a winter car would be nice, but we would each have to have one.

Oh well - I guess we will find out shortly how good or bad it is....

Michael

Greg Peters
11-30-2006, 05:07 PM
I live in the "rain belt"- think Seattle, but farther north. We normally have a rainy winter with temps above 0.

I never signed up for this...we haven't seen this much since '96.

cindy100
11-30-2006, 05:23 PM
Michael,

You are certainly more than welcome to send any of the snow my way!

cfrizz
11-30-2006, 05:53 PM
Why Cindy, are you looking for a few days off from work? LOL. You all get a drop of snow & everything comes to a screeching halt!

Greg that's a nice little bit, but nothing to really write home about.

BIZILL
11-30-2006, 06:00 PM
cold. even here in the arizona desert we hit a low of 27 degrees last night. funny, just last weekend i was tanning myself nekkid.

bobman1235
11-30-2006, 06:03 PM
Greg that's a nice little bit, but nothing to really write home about.

Yeah, I can remember a few times when we had a bit more than that.

For example, this shot outside my front door from last winter...

Ugh.... I just threw up in my mouth over that.

schwarcw
11-30-2006, 06:21 PM
I blew out of Chicago earlier today. It was cold with drizzle. I got to Pittsburgh and it's 65 degrees here. I don't think it will last very long:(

cindy100
11-30-2006, 06:23 PM
Cathy,

No, I am pretty much finished with my work for the year; I love snow and it seems we haven't had any here in forever! Yes, things do come to a halt, the bread and milk disappears from the store shelves if they even think there's a possibility we will get snow. Trust me, even when it rains here, these people can't handle it; you can always count on the traffic being even worse than usual!

wodom1
11-30-2006, 07:15 PM
Yep, there's a helluva big storm heading our way. The forecast shows the morning rush hour being ushered in with a 100% chance of heavy snow showers. Supposedly Chicago is going to get 5-7" of the white stuff. At least I'll get to put the Durango in 4 HI for the first time in a while. I'm going to leave the 2 WD V-6 work pickup at home as I don't feel like fishtailing the whole way to work.

cfrizz
11-30-2006, 09:57 PM
WAAAAAAAAA!!! Enjoyed digging out that much huh Bob?:D



Yeah, I can remember a few times when we had a bit more than that.

For example, this shot outside my front door from last winter...

Ugh.... I just threw up in my mouth over that.

cfrizz
11-30-2006, 10:00 PM
LOL! Cindy if you love snow that much WTH are you doing in GA?:D Come up North girlfriend, you will have all the snow you can handle. Then when you are ready for it to go away...IT'LL SNOW SOME MORE!!! WAAAAAAA!:D


Cathy,

No, I am pretty much finished with my work for the year; I love snow and it seems we haven't had any here in forever! Yes, things do come to a halt, the bread and milk disappears from the store shelves if they even think there's a possibility we will get snow. Trust me, even when it rains here, these people can't handle it; you can always count on the traffic being even worse than usual!

heiney9
11-30-2006, 10:00 PM
I'm ready, but the damn media is playing this storm to the hilt. I can't even watch TV tonight because of all the bulletin's and banners flashing/scrolling across the screen. You'd think the plague was coming or something. They are calling for 6-12". Cancelled 50-60% of the flights out of O'Hare at about 3:00 today and it hasn't even snowed an inch or even started for that matter. I'm waiting for them to cancel school and start cancelling events for tomorrow. Last time they did that in anticipation of a storm we never got any snow :eek: .

This is all laughable, they have been talking about this storm since Monday, we'll see what the actual outcome is tomorrow.

H9

heiney9
11-30-2006, 10:01 PM
P.s. I put the snow tires on the GTI yesterday, so I'm ready! But I'm betting we won't get more than an inch or two.

heiney9
11-30-2006, 10:16 PM
Its really bad here (Kansas) too.

Just watching the Weather Channel and you guys are getting hit pretty hard with the white stuff. Is this what we can expect?

disneyjoe7
11-30-2006, 10:37 PM
A few light shows around here Orlando, FL....

Nothing to shovel :)


Ever

Ricardo
11-30-2006, 10:43 PM
65 right now for SW Ohio; crazy for this time of the year...of course I'm loving it.

For tomorrow we have wind advisory with gusts up to 60 MPH; I don't mind thunderstorms or snow...but wind makes me nervous. Hopefully won't be bad.

McLoki
11-30-2006, 10:51 PM
65 right now for SW Ohio; crazy for this time of the year...
That was our weather 2 days ago.... Its been a strange fall. Hope this is not a sign for how our winter is going to go.

Michael

janmike
11-30-2006, 11:14 PM
We are probably finished with all the snow for this season. The forecast for tomorrow evening is -44C with the wind. It's too COLD to snow.

Greg Peters
12-01-2006, 03:31 AM
Greg that's a nice little bit, but nothing to really write home about.

I know- won't be setting any world records with this snowfall.

What's significant is that since this area rarely sees anything over a couple of inches (and that's usually washed away by the rain in a day or so), people here almost never have anything better than all-season tires on the car. Couple that with some of the world's worst drivers in snow conditions and it's grounds for paranoia on the road.

heiney9
12-01-2006, 07:17 AM
Well I was wrong and the weather people were right (once a year) and we are getting dumped on and it's going to continue through the noon hour. Morning traffic should be just wonderful............just wonderful.

McLoki
12-01-2006, 07:49 AM
We got blasted as well.

My morning commute is going to consist of walking to the kitchen for coffee and back to the computer. I told my boss yesterday if we get over 6 inches I am not even going to try and come in. (the charger is sitting this storm out)

I will start shoveling around noon (when the snow is supposed to stop) and see what I end up with. It is a very dry snow that blows\drifts easily and we are getting 40mph wind gusts and 1-2" additional snow per hour till noon.

Right now we have about 4-6" of snow (hard to tell with the drifting) on top of about 1/2" of ice.

As long as we keep power - I am fine with it.

Michael

heiney9
12-01-2006, 07:50 AM
The official amount so far is 7" (Rockford) and we are supposed to get it at a rate of an inch an hour until about noon today. Blowing and drifting with 25-35 MPH winds. I hear our Polkies down in Central Il, Peoria specifically have gotten up to 13'" already with more to come.

McLoki
12-01-2006, 07:58 AM
I hear our Polkies down in Central Il, Peoria specifically have gotten up to 13'" already with more to come.

They keep talking about 10-13" but I dont know if it is so far or total for the storm. Peoria is where I am at though.... (and opus as well) i know it is drifting like crazy right now.

heiney9
12-01-2006, 08:08 AM
They keep talking about 10-13" but I dont know if it is so far or total for the storm. Peoria is where I am at though.... (and opus as well) i know it is drifting like crazy right now.

Yep, today would be a great day to stay in and listen to some tunes. I'm only about 6 miles from work and I just put snow tires on my car so I really should go in today. I don't have the option to work at home as all the work is physically at the office.

I have no idea at all what the streets are going to be like. It's really coming doen almost white out conditions. The wind is going to be the killer after the snow stops.

dkg999
12-01-2006, 08:09 AM
About the same situation here in Belvidere as H9 has over in Rockford! As long as the high speed internet stays up I'll be working from home and listening to some good tunes. Of course I have to drive back to the farm in IA later today, so that should be a lot of fun!

SCompRacer
12-01-2006, 08:15 AM
Lot's of cars in ditches on the way home. Glad I am home for the day.

heiney9
12-01-2006, 08:19 AM
About the same situation here in Belvidere as H9 has over in Rockford! As long as the high speed internet stays up I'll be working from home and listening to some good tunes. Of course I have to drive back to the farm in IA later today, so that should be a lot of fun!

Well, if you do go to Iowa Doug, be careful! I can handle driving around town in these conditions, but a long trip is pretty demanding in these types of conditions. I really didn't believe the forecasters, but I'm glad I prepared anyways. I just got the snow tries on the car on Wednesday. I was going to blow it off because I didn't believe we'd get this much snow. The summer only tires I had on would have left me stranded in my parking spot. :p

dkg999
12-01-2006, 08:34 AM
H9 - hopefully they will have I-39 and I-88 cleared pretty well by early afternoon. I don't think the truck is getting out of 4wd today!

heiney9
12-01-2006, 08:39 AM
I just walked out side and the snow was half way up to my knees and we are just getting started. I'm not sure if I'm fool enough to leave right now for work or not.

zombie boy 2000
12-01-2006, 08:40 AM
No snow here, but hurricane-like winds and some rather odd weather quirks. I'm looking at double full rainbows right now -- bright as can be. And though not a drop of rain is falling to the ground, you can see a major rainstorm occuring against the backdrop of the rainbows. It's all going sideways.

This is beyond bizarre....

heiney9
12-01-2006, 08:56 AM
Just got confirmation from the boss that we are going to close today. So I get my wish of staying home and chilling out and listening to some tunes.

It is coming down like gang busters right now they've up the amount to 3" an hour in some areas and we still have 3-4 hours to go.

McLoki
12-01-2006, 08:58 AM
No snow here, but hurricane-like winds and some rather odd weather quirks. I'm looking at double full rainbows right now -- bright as can be. And though not a drop of rain is falling to the ground, you can see a major rainstorm occuring against the backdrop of the rainbows. It's all going sideways.

This is beyond bizarre....
love to see a picture of that.... snap one if you get a chance.

Michael

heiney9
12-01-2006, 09:04 AM
God, if I was a kid I would be so excited not only to not have shcool but to go out and play in the snow. These are kind of days I remember having a few times a year growing up. Getting all the neighborhood kids together to build snow forts and go sledding, etc. Ah.........the good ole' days.

zombie boy 2000
12-01-2006, 09:04 AM
Funny you should ask McLoki... I work at a paper and the publisher just ran out to see what pics he could get. We'll see when he gets back.

Lowell_M
12-01-2006, 09:53 AM
I took some back roads to work and drove through some 4' drifts. Crazy. i haven't seen snow like this in Il. This is more like NW PA, which I thought I left behind me 5 years ago.

....Still snowing.........

Lowell_M
12-01-2006, 09:54 AM
H9 - hopefully they will have I-39 and I-88 cleared pretty well by early afternoon. I don't think the truck is getting out of 4wd today!

Drive carefull if you are out there on the interstate today, Doug. Lot's o' crazies out there today that can't drive.

heiney9
12-01-2006, 10:09 AM
I took some back roads to work and drove through some 4' drifts. Crazy. i haven't seen snow like this in Il. This is more like NW PA, which I thought I left behind me 5 years ago.

....Still snowing.........

Now fess up......you have an SUV :D . I'm not going out at all. I'm sure I could w/o too much difficulty, but you're right about the crazies being out there. Actually they are the same crazies you see everyday, just much worse in conditions like this.

Demiurge
12-01-2006, 10:14 AM
It's got little to do with the amount of snow, and everything to do with the rate at which it falls. It's gridlock here, and we're used to it.

halo
12-01-2006, 10:16 AM
I just saw some guy on the news who is stuck in Cicero. He's really pissed off that the city didn't get out earlier and clear the roads. He said he was fishtailing all morning until he turned off of the main road and got stuck - just happened to be where a news crew (FOX - I think) is filming.

What kind of car is he driving? A new Mustang. Duh! No wonder you were fishtailing all morning and no wonder you're stuck in the snow now! The newscastor said the city was out very early as they knew the storm was coming. So whose fault is it that the guy is stuck? :rolleyes:

heiney9
12-01-2006, 10:26 AM
It's got little to do with the amount of snow, and everything to do with the rate at which it falls. It's gridlock here, and we're used to it.

Yes the amount/rate has a lot to do with it but down here in Rockford we have about 12-13" on the ground and most cars don't have that kind of clearance. Most people I've talked to this morning who have been out in it say they haven't even plowed the main streets.

I put Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires on my car rated for use in the mountains and because of the clearance issues I'm not going anywhere until the plows get out. The snow is piled over the front bumper of the car so I'd say I might have some clearance issues. :D

wodom1
12-01-2006, 10:30 AM
It's pretty much stopped now at O'Hare airport. It took me 1.5 hours to get from Lincoln Park to O'Hare, whereas it usually takes about 20 minutes at 6 AM. I took Irving Park all the way out instead of the Kennedy, which I assumed would be a nightmare.

Lowell_M
12-01-2006, 10:37 AM
Now fess up......you have an SUV :D . I'm not going out at all. I'm sure I could w/o too much difficulty, but you're right about the crazies being out there. Actually they are the same crazies you see everyday, just much worse in conditions like this.

heh heh.... Except for the wipers freezing up, the drive was actually entertaining. Nobody takes those roads when it snows, so for the most part, didn't have to worry about people.

heiney9
12-01-2006, 10:43 AM
heh heh.... Except for the wipers freezing up, the drive was actually entertaining. Nobody takes those roads when it snows, so for the most part, didn't have to worry about people.

I'm very familiar with the Roscoe area and it is very pretty out there especially out by the Ledges golf course and farther east of town. I bet it was an enjoyable trip this morning. I love the first snow fall especially if you can drive thru a nice wooded area that hasn't had much activity yet.

dkg999
12-01-2006, 10:54 AM
I just ran a few errands in Belvidere, you know, the important stuff like getting a couple of bottles of Diet Dew, etc. Not much plowing going on, lots of city snow plows at Kelly's Market having coffee and donuts! I have locking front and rear differentials on the truck, so not much problem even in the deep stuff. Funniest thing I saw was a Subaru Outback that someone really believed the marketing and thought they could go through anything. Must of hit the big drift pretty hard because it buckled the hood!

I'm counting on the process of natural selection to make my drive back to IA safer. I figure the really stupid drivers will all be in the ditch by early afternoon and won't have gotten their vehicles back on the road!

Strong Bad
12-01-2006, 11:04 AM
Hitting low 70s with rain today in Baltimore.

I bought my Explorer XLT V8 4WD in Feb '04 and have been waiting ever since for a good snow to atleast challenge me. WTF, I think the best we've had in that period of time is 6-8".

I want a foot and a half so I can go 4WD crunchin!


John

Lowell_M
12-01-2006, 11:08 AM
Hitting low 70s with rain today in Baltimore.

I bought my Explorer XLT V8 4WD in Feb '04 and have been waiting ever since for a good snow to atleast challenge me. WTF, I think the best we've had in that period of time is 6-8".

I want a foot and a half so I can go 4WD crunchin!


John

Take a weekend drive a few hours north into NY state.

I always get a kick out of the first couple of big snow falls of the winter because I get the chance to play, but after that, man do I get tired of winter.

bobman1235
12-01-2006, 11:09 AM
Those Subaru's can go through anything... assuming they have the ground clearance for it! I've driven a few of them in nasty weather, and they have great traction, but they're still only 6 inches off the ground. Great on a slippery road, but of no use going through a big drift :)

Demiurge
12-01-2006, 11:35 AM
:)
Yes the amount/rate has a lot to do with it but down here in Rockford we have about 12-13" on the ground and most cars don't have that kind of clearance. Most people I've talked to this morning who have been out in it say they haven't even plowed the main streets.

I put Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires on my car rated for use in the mountains and because of the clearance issues I'm not going anywhere until the plows get out. The snow is piled over the front bumper of the car so I'd say I might have some clearance issues. :D

Sorry, I wasn't responding directly to your comment, but just a general comment in this thread since I didn't quote you. :)

I was just saying it's nuts here where I am, and we've seen way more snow than this in the past. The rate at which it is falling they cannot keep up with plowing it. Not to mention we're getting Thunder Snow (I saw it), which means the snow is falling at a rate of at least 2" per hour in blizzard conditions.

Lowell_M
12-01-2006, 11:36 AM
Subaru has pretty much lost their little niche in the AWD arena. there are plenty of alternatives with AWD now. I can't think of any reason that I would want to buy one.

Jockos
12-01-2006, 11:49 AM
It's cold here. My wife's toes were freezing. The new's said the therm. hit the lower 60's!!

Aloha

heiney9
12-01-2006, 11:55 AM
Demi, I was basically agreeing with you :) . Northern Il and Wisconsin residents, if you lived here long enough, should know enough to stay in on a day like today if you don't have a vehicle that can get you around. But, I've seen a large population of drivers who can't drive on a clear summer day. I'm so glad I don't have to venture out in this mess because stupidity does run rampant this time of year.

You guys are getting almost as bad as we are. Right now the flakes have let up, but the blowing is starting and it's hard to tell where the snow ends and the blowing begins. Even this afternoon when the weather advisory has ended it's going to be slow going because the snow will just keep drifting no matter how many times an area is plowed.

Lunch is tomato soup and grilled cheese, as today is a perfect day for the comfort food.

zombie boy 2000
12-01-2006, 11:57 AM
I lived in Rockford, IL for one year and it was all I could handle.

I think the year before, Time magazine actually ranked it in the bottom five for worst weather in the US.

Lowell_M
12-01-2006, 12:05 PM
I lived in Rockford, IL for one year and it was all I could handle.

I think the year before, Time magazine actually ranked it in the bottom five for worst weather in the US.

I moved here in 2001. Since then I haven't seen a snow fall like this one and no others really to be too worried about. I see a lot more sunshine in the winter here than I did in NW PA. The year after I left PA there was record snow fall in the area I lived in of 189" for the winter, they broke the record the next two years running. sucks for them!!!!! Of course, the snow there is nothing like living in Buffalo. I don't know why anybody lives there.

zombie boy 2000
12-01-2006, 12:07 PM
I think it ranked so high (or low) on the list because of a combination of factors... I seem to remember a lot of rain, overcast days, and of course, cold.

Lowell_M
12-01-2006, 12:38 PM
Definately cold!

cfrizz
12-01-2006, 12:42 PM
It's a windy 65 degrees here in Boston!:eek: :confused: :eek: We are breaking records all over the place. Now tomorrow when I wake up, it will have dropped (hopefully) down to 45.

My poor sinuses are beyond confused & taking it out on ME!:eek:

dkg999
12-01-2006, 12:43 PM
Just talked to people back at the farm in central IA. No snow, and the sun is out and the sky is clear. It is cold and windy, but it appears there is a clearing right behind this mess.

Elk bratwurst for lunch here!

heiney9
12-01-2006, 12:44 PM
Well I'm sure those of you not in the area are just on the edge of yourr seat wondering how the weather is doing ;) . But, the snow has completely stopped and it's now partly sunny out. It sure is beautiful outside with the fresh snow and sunlight. It's going to be cold tonight and the rest of the weekend.

cfrizz
12-01-2006, 01:17 PM
Have fun shoveling!!!:D

bobman1235
12-01-2006, 01:26 PM
Now tomorrow when I wake up, it will have dropped (hopefully) down to 45.

Cathy, you're killin' me! Hopin' for 45, you better be a skier. :)

Also, the record high for today in Boston is 71 (set in '01), not quite breakin' records today.

opus
12-01-2006, 01:46 PM
Wow!

WE are snowed in and how. I don't just mean "too lazy too scrape your windows and you don't want to go to work" snowed in. We couldn't get into town or down the road even if we wanted to. This is a real bitch.

But on the bright side we have food and its movie day:)

heiney9
12-01-2006, 02:02 PM
Wow!

WE are snowed in and how. I don't just mean "too lazy too scrape your windows and you don't want to go to work" snowed in. We couldn't get into town or down the road even if we wanted to. This is a real bitch.

But on the bright side we have food and its movie day:)

I hear ya Opus!! I walked out front and the snow was up to my waist. You can spend sometime enjoying the RTA-11's. I'm just now getting dug out, but there really isn't anyplace to go as nothing but the major roads have been plowed. Helped quite a few neighbors get unstuck, but that been it for the day.

McLoki
12-01-2006, 07:37 PM
Well picked up Pizza for dinner tonight. First trip out of the garage in the charger since the snow fell.

It is shockingly good in the snow. (and not-shockingly sucks when traction control is turned off) I did not have much problem navigating around. Biggest issue is that I have almost nothing for ground clearance and the plows are still just shoving the snow around. (every cross street has a line of snow at least 12-14" high from the plows going by)

Only other issues were piles of snow so high on corners, that all streets are blind exits and to make it through the above mentioned plow lines, I gotta take them at a run - and many streets seem to be about 1 lane wide right now with a near frozen 3 to 4 foot drift as the bumpers.

Most of my issues will be taken care of as the plows get a handle on the snow. I am really quite happy with how the car performs in the winter considering everything going against it. (power, tires, size, rear wheel drive, ground clearance, etc.)

Michael

heiney9
12-01-2006, 08:11 PM
Well picked up Pizza for dinner tonight. First trip out of the garage in the charger since the snow fell.

It is shockingly good in the snow. (and not-shockingly sucks when traction control is turned off) I did not have much problem navigating around. Biggest issue is that I have almost nothing for ground clearance and the plows are still just shoving the snow around. (every cross street has a line of snow at least 12-14" high from the plows going by)

Only other issues were piles of snow so high on corners, that all streets are blind exits and to make it through the above mentioned plow lines, I gotta take them at a run - and many streets seem to be about 1 lane wide right now with a near frozen 3 to 4 foot drift as the bumpers.

Most of my issues will be taken care of as the plows get a handle on the snow. I am really quite happy with how the car performs in the winter considering everything going against it. (power, tires, size, rear wheel drive, ground clearance, etc.)

Michael


About the same here I'm sure. I haven't been out in it yet. A good friend has a Jaguar S-type which is rear wheel drive and it's not too bad in the snow w/the traction control. Traction control and computer aided acceleration has made owning a rear wheel drive car a bit easier in the winter. He also has a 95 Mustang GT which is absolutely horrible in the snow.

My car is lowered 2 inches so when there is a foot of snow on the ground even with Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires I can't help but bottom out. :p

The snow is crunchy here now as the temp is about 15 degrees. I'll wait and go out tomorrow and see how it is. I don't have a pressing need to be out tonight.

petrym
12-02-2006, 10:31 AM
Just chilly here in Nebraska: 19F/-7C and no snow. I plug my minivans block heater in at night and it keeps that engine nice and warm.