Snow Storm

by - February 14, 2014

How was your snow storm? Maybe you didn't have one, but we did. See the pretty VW Golf in the pic up there? Mine. I'm so proud of how I handled myself in the storm. Clearly, I should have left the office earlier. Like BEFORE the snow storm started. I mean the weather people were very clear about what was coming our way. 

I knew I would be leaving work early. I had the weather hourly forecast on my computer at work so that I could verify the storm status. My plan was to leave an hour before the office closed. We were scheduled to close at 2:00, so I thought I'll be fine heading out at 1:00. But then there was a email that said "quickly deteriorating conditions" closing at 1:00. This was 12:45. Eek! I have never left the office so quickly in my life.

One half mile and forty minutes later I skillfully placed my car off the road and abandoned it. That was a stressful forty minutes. If you saw any of the news about the NC storm you know the storm came extra fast. What I couldn't believe was that the road was already ice. The snow was packed down to ice. I got to practice "turning into the skid". Never had to do that before. Nailed it!

I got to practice pumping my brakes. Thing is...didn't help. Hence my decision to pull off the road.

So I put on my gloves, got my gym bag and started walking. I wasn't about to walk near the road where cars were skidding and colliding. Instead I walked up the hill to the nearest parking lot and began walking through parking lots towards my office. I originally had thoughts of waking to a hotel five miles away. After thirty minutes of walking into the snow that was blowing sideways into my face I had to re-assess the plan. I went to the office and found that there were others back at the office. I was not alone.

I was safe, warm and sheltered.

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  1. Wow! Was this Raleigh? My sister said she saw pics on the news, but not having cable I missed all the drama except what was happening right outside my back door - which was lots and lots of snow! :)

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    1. Yeah...this is Raleigh. I was lucky to have been able to "park" my car in a reasonably safe place. There one pic that is viral and totally true. (Car on fire). My girlfriend was on that road and confirmed the crazy scene was real.

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  2. Poor Kimberly! So sorry you had to go through this. Glad your story ended well.

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