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We had the rolling blackouts here too. My work was affected for far more than 15 minutes, more like an hour and 15 minutes but we have a generator so our pts & us were fine. My hubby works across the HWY from me & he wasn't affected by the blackouts. He works at a hospital & they did not shut them down even though they too have a generator much bigger & more powerful than ours. It seems the hospitals here are on their own grids or our people who control the blackouts are smart enough not to shut them down if it's not a life or death or totally uncontrolled.
Rebecca, it took my hubby almost 2 hrs to get there, he has way more patience than I do! Our snow is melted now. Aside from being extremely unusual, hasn't snowed here since 1985, I found it to be unimpressive & annoying...the grandbaby wasn't impressed either. Took her out to take a pic, she complained it was cold & promptly went back inside. : )
Twocents...I just read a report from KWGN Ch.2 in Denver that 110 people have been stranded overnignt in the Denver Grayhound bus station. I wonder how many are stuck in the bus depot in Houston or San Antonio because of the weather that people south of I-10 can't drive in.
twocents..."if you can't drive when there are occasional patches of 1/8" ice - then never leave south texas. you would die in Colorado."
There's a REASON I don't live in Colorado. I'd MUCH rather suffer August in Victoria than February in Colorado -- or Illinois -- or Ohio.... I've seen 100 degree temperatures in Idaho but I've never seen the kind of cold here they get there. Remember the stories a couple years ago about how many people were dying in Chicago during a heat wave up there? I'll bet -- oops there I go again gambling -- I figure there were more people died up there in the heat they weren't used to than die down here in uncommon cold.
Driving in icy conditions is a learned skill. It doesn't cause me shame that I've never developed it. I don't much want to develope those skills.
I just love to read all the post from the yankees " Youze guysss down here in Texas dont know what real snow in ice is.. Where im form we have 30' of snow we have to dig out of every morning!!!" Heres a little news flash for youze guyzsss Know one here in Texas Cares!! If you like 30' of snow and you like driving in it go back to it please!!!
But man, those little fresh-water croupy (?) crappie (sp) are melt in your mouth delicious! Of course, having been raised right on the Gulf, I threw them back every time I caught one. Fish are bigger in Texas. =D
If those up north are such great cold weather drivers then why does the news always have loads of them in ditches and trapped in snowstorms? Maybe its we just have enough sense not to get out in the stuff.
Family, my hubby's family is in Minnesota. One time we drove up there during a snowstorm and I was freaking out because to the left and right of the road, cars filled the ditches. I thought this was horrible and when we stopped at a gas station, I told the lady behind the counter, "There are cars in the ditches on both sides of the road!" She said, "Yeah, you aren't from around here, are you?"
What is really crazy is when you are driving along and the road becomes covered in snow and you can't tell where your lane ends and where the ditch begins!
Also... this type of weather doesn't make me want to go suicide-fishing in a heated building on a frozen lake! LOL
For those of us the have lived up north (Fairbanks,Alaska) this little patch of cold weather is laughable. If you have not experienced 6' snow drifts that cover your car. Your car is the bump in the snow in the drive way. Your tires getting so cold that the bottom flattens out and you go clumpidy clump clump down the icy road until they heat up enough to raise the pressure in the tire. Victoria, Texas is not part of that type of weather systems. Just too far south. It is better for those who do not have the experience to just stay home or go practice driving on some private property somewhere. When you do get an inch of ice on the roads and have to dig your car out of the snow bank then you it is best to shut down the town and everyone stay home and stay safe. Don't chance it!
VBB, my hubby had to drive to work too. It took him an hour and a half driving under 40 miles an hour. He said there were wrecks along the way - even an overturned 18-wheeler.
Keep safe! Build a snowman for me!
mytwocents - The rolling black outs were caused by the power plants not being able to generate power because of the weather conditions ( supply problem). It was not a usage ( demand ) or "some authorities" or govt. measures. Please do some research before you start to assume something.
We had/have snow here in SA. Luckily I took the day off since all the roads are shut down but we were expected to be at work today. There is a trick to driving in the snow, but there is no trick to driving on ice except for going real slow & not hitting your brakes. I would never live in any state that has this weather on a regular basis, I hate it!
Hubby had to go to work, I'm waiting to hear from him, hope he is safe. He did pack his pillow & blankie & some clothes in case he can't make it home tonight.
Sad we didn't get snow...
But we got lots of ice...
And the reason for all hype is not because we can't drive in this weather, it's that most from south Texas don't have the knowledge of HOW to drive in the Ice/Snow... So it's just safer to stay off the roads until the ice thaws.
NO ICE! There sure is here in Lavaca county. I should be sitting at work right now; instead, here I am at home (with my cat sitting in front of my monitor here) waiting until the ice melts on the highway so that I can drive to work. I tried already. It's slick as snot out there!
Sitting here at home sure isn't making me any money right now. I see the sun peeking out - c'mon, ol' Sol, melt that ice!
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once again, Victoria weather prediction was wrong.
if it does so snow how many people are going to risk driving on the icey roads its better to call in sick or take a personal or vacation day than to drive and get hurt or even get killed dont risk it people stay home please im staying home and calling in to work if there is ice on the roads i'm not stupid i want to live