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Old 01-08-2010, 01:11 PM
 
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I believe they were using de-icer on the interstates today. Although they kept reporting the ice would just refreeze. In all the winters I lived through up north I never heard of that, I thought de-icer prevented that.
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I believe they were using de-icer on the interstates today. Although they kept reporting the ice would just refreeze. In all the winters I lived through up north I never heard of that, I thought de-icer prevented that.
It certainly does, at least given the way it's applied in places up north. The roads tend to be wet, not icy, unless the temp gets down to the point where even the solution freezes. That might be possible here ... I don't remember the cutoff temp for deicer effectiveness, but I know from past experience that it doesn't do much at all when it's 0 degrees F or older. We'll only be seeing 15 degrees F, probably, so that might be warm enough.
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:30 PM
 
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Thats what I remember, being from colder parts I found it a little interesting the news coverage. Stuff like, we just talked to DOT and they can't make progress on the interstate because the ice is coming back after they applied de-icer (never heard that before) so everyone should stay home. What would be the point of using it if it didn't help. It actually was hard to get a sense of how bad things were cause it seemed overblown but I know it depends alot on where you live, how close to the interstate etc.

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It certainly does, at least given the way it's applied in places up north. The roads tend to be wet, not icy, unless the temp gets down to the point where even the solution freezes. That might be possible here ... I don't remember the cutoff temp for deicer effectiveness, but I know from past experience that it doesn't do much at all when it's 0 degrees F or older. We'll only be seeing 15 degrees F, probably, so that might be warm enough.
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:48 PM
 
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Drove 16miles to Indian Creek Marta Station this morning, there was alot of ice on the roads. Just take it easy and dont brake on the ice if you dont have to, use engine braking to slow your car down by shifting to a lower gear. And please dont tailgate, some idiot was riding my tail this morning, had to tap the brakes several times for him/her to back off.
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Drove 16miles to Indian Creek Marta Station this morning, there was alot of ice on the roads. Just take it easy and dont brake on the ice if you dont have to, use engine braking to slow your car down by shifting to a lower gear. And please dont tailgate, some idiot was riding my tail this morning, had to tap the brakes several times for him/her to back off.
Any sudden change to velocity or steering can cause a problem by breaking the tires' tentative grip on the ice. Braking, acceleration, or changes in the line of steering. Just do things gradually.

Of course, it's fun to start sliding and then accelerate out of the slide if you have front-wheel drive, but I recommend doing that in an empty parking lot rather than on a highway.
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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Bah, we are still locked in here. They did dump some sand, but it didn't come early enough while there was a chance of the sun making some difference.

I read that the city uses a 3-1 ratio of sand to salt. Maybe that's why it isn't melting the ice fast enough.
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:52 PM
 
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Black ice on the roads--Briarcliff, N. Druid Hills, Clairmont.

Stay in.
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Old 01-08-2010, 06:00 PM
 
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Just call in sick or Dont drive like a northerner !
Slow down and like a little.
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:18 PM
 
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Ask CNN or any news station?

That is what people do to prepare for such emergencies--now I think bottled water is also an item purchased with milk and bread.

I guess if nothing else--you could have a glass of milk and PBJ sandwich--provided you remembered to buy the peanut butter and jelly.

If you have milk---and the electricity goes off --you can sit it outside---FWIW.

Several times during ice storms the electricity has gone out and we had to try to eat a lot of strange things before they spoiled.

It is part of the Ice Storm Experience?

Thanks, Take a Hike. You can also at least have some milk and cereal. Remember the ice storms of the 60s? My father cooked several meals for us in the carport on a Coleman camp stove. The bacon, grilled cheese sandwiches and hamburgers were delicious. Our back porch became the refrigerator. There are still some large ice sheets on my street and the one behind me. I heard someone spin out just before the 11:00 news, but I had a kitty on my lap and was too warm to get up!
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:47 AM
 
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Thanks, Take a Hike. You can also at least have some milk and cereal. Remember the ice storms of the 60s? My father cooked several meals for us in the carport on a Coleman camp stove. The bacon, grilled cheese sandwiches and hamburgers were delicious. Our back porch became the refrigerator. There are still some large ice sheets on my street and the one behind me. I heard someone spin out just before the 11:00 news, but I had a kitty on my lap and was too warm to get up!
Those 60's ice storms---can't recall what we ate---certain it was soup--my Mother/grandmother used to can soup/veggies in the summer and somehow or other we must have heated it. Our house had/still has floor furnaces and I vaguely recall sitting pots on the grate to heat I suppose the soup.

We had a round metal press into which you inserted 2 pieces of white bread and fruit filling--cherry was my favorite. You then toasted the press over a burner until both sides were brown and spriinkled cinnamon sugar on the little pie. I love those things still--we do them now with whole wheat bread --butter both sides and put the dried fruit in between in a sandwich maker. LOL you get 2 triangles instead of a round pie--but great on cold days with a cup of hot chocolate.

They showed a traffic incident last night--somewhere north of me???---cars slid and I think there were minor injuries--anyway one guy was holding a cat--waiting for the wife of the driver to arrive. He said they lived in the neighborhood and he would keep the kitty warm and comfortable until the wife arrived or take it home to her. I thought that was very kind--wish more people were like that.

We must be of the same 'vintage'?--Do you remember this--it seemed to get progressively colder from the end of September on--and by Thanksgiving we were were wearing corduroy pants and wool sweaters and by December you really need a warm coat and hat and gloves---if Easter came early you could plan to wear your wool coat over your frilly thin Easter dress.

I know this happened--have the pictures---it has been so long since it has been cold in Atlanta that I have very few clothes warm enough to get out in this weather. Some heavy sweats--but you can't stay out long. Fortunately--I can layer up with some tights, exercise clothes and haven't frozen my arse off but this temperature in the teens is a real shock.

The last time I remember an extended cold spell was around the Christmas of '80 or '81---my apt had a gap under the door--and the howling arctic winds kept the place like an icebox---that went on for over a week.

But the one I will always remember---is the 'Great Ice Storm of '72'---closed the city down completely for over a week. No electricity and after a few days not only were in the throes of cabin fever you began to smell a bit ripe---lol. We had a gas stove thank goodness and a portable radio---I guess I was about 22---had no idea of emergency preparedness. Doubt that we had milk or bread----wonder what we ate---2 single women. Crazy times.

I made onion soup in the crockpot last night---just in case. And did make it to the Kroger for the gallon of milk---so we have survived.

I expect a freaky little ice storm just when the jonquils start to pop up--that always bothers me a bit--always ready for spring. But ---hey--this is Atlanta---our weather is out of its mind. LOL
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