Monday, January 4, 2010
Driving Through a Snowstorm
I spent the week after Christmas in Buffalo, N.Y. with my family at my Dad's house. It was my kind of weather week.......snow every day!! I've become famous for bringing on a good storm when I come to town.....even bringing a snowstorm in the middle of October a few years ago. It was just wonderful to be tucked inside with a fire crackling in the fireplace....watching it come down. Well....then it was time to go home. It was just flurrying at my Dad's...Chip headed out earlier in the day with Cindylou and T......they wanted to be home in time to watch the Steelers game. Cubby and I packed up and left about 9:30 a.m. The roads were just wet went we got to the 90...But Chip called to say it was REALLY bad once we got about 40 minutes down the road.....and he was RIGHT!!! The snow started coming down....and I couldn't go much faster than 35-40 miles an hour. It took us 3 hours to get to Erie, PA....which normally takes about an hour and a half.....We took a break at this McDonald's.....and I was seriously contemplating getting a room at a hotel.
But I thought I'd try it a little bit longer......hopefully it would improve once I took the turn south on 79...here is where I got back on the highway...not much improvement :( And I didn't mention my Mom Van doesn't do great in the snow AT ALL!
This was the umpteenth accident we saw.....cars, trucks, tractor trailers and even a State Trooper car stuck in the snow...Cubby lost count.
There wasn't even two lanes clear......just two ruts down the middle part of the way. And I STILL can't over how these stupid tractor trailers barrel through the snow and fly by you.....it's sooooooo dangerous!!! Slow down!!!
And these poor guys were in charge of directing traffic from the north bound lane through that emergency cut through so they could turn around and head south....their lane was closed due to 2 tractor trailers that had jack-knifed and a bunch of cars that had all slammed into each other trying to stop. Anywho.....my trip home normally takes 3 hours 15 minutes without a potty break....and yesterday it was a whopping six hours! My back is still killing me from the stress and gripping the steering wheel and hunching over. I was just too happy to make it home safe and sound!