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Old 01-07-2010, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Thank you thank you whoever is out there rubbing a lucky rabbit's foot. I have a feeling we are going to luck out big time as far as tonight's snow is concerned.

When I watch the news it looks like this storm is dumping quite a load on most of the country. But it looks like we'll be dodging a bullet. We'll get some flurries tonight, and some light snow overnight that may leave an inch or so of snow on the ground. By 8 a.m. tomorrow it will be all over, and it'll be sunny. Cold.... but sunny.

I'll take it! Considering this storm made the Mississippi River freeze over I can't believe we're going to be so lucky. Who ever's got that rabbit's foot, keep rubbin' it!!!!!!
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:31 AM
 
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I'm not ready to write this storm off yet. I think it's unlikely to dump a lot of snow on us. It doesn't have a lot of moisture to work with. However, some of the models are showing the clipper interacting with some Gulf moisture. If that happens (still unlikely) we could get several inches.
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I'm not ready to write this storm off yet. I think it's unlikely to dump a lot of snow on us. It doesn't have a lot of moisture to work with. However, some of the models are showing the clipper interacting with some Gulf moisture. If that happens (still unlikely) we could get several inches.
LOL, nothing would surprise me. Weather around here can change on a dime.
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:40 AM
 
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About 4 years ago, I made the mistake of writing off an Alberta Clipper. It had been VERY cold here (just like now) and this thing was supposed to move through VERY quickly and leave a dusting of snow.

Well, around 10:30 that day, the flurry-like activity began and it wasn't a very heavy snowfall. But do to the extreme cold temperatures and the cold road surface, it started to stick quickly. After two hours, it was still going on and there was this odd, white, slick coating on the roads. About 1:00, I decided I should maybe go home. We got up on the freeway in DC and were immediately gridlocked. For 30 minutes the car did not move. We finally had to exit back off and go back to work. By this time, we had a good 3 inches of snow and it was some of the slickest stuff I've ever seen. The freeway was gridlocked because there was a sheet of ice and no one could move. Accidents all over the place.

I stayed at work until 4:30. I left again and didn't get home to Woodbridge until 9:30 p.m.

They were in no way able to predict any of this. But based on the cold temps and the kind of snow that comes in a clipper, it apparently iced everything over (it wasn't the kind of snow we had a few weeks ago). Fortunately, by the time we get up in the morning, we will pretty much know the conditions rather than get caught be surprise.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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About 4 years ago, I made the mistake of writing off an Alberta Clipper.
Agreed, Alberta Clipper's can be treacherous. If you have plans tonight, stay inside. It's a good night to stay warm with hot cocoa and snuggling in close. BTW, if some of you romantic snugglers end up conceiving a daughter during this storm, will you name her Alberta? (If it's a boy you could name him Clipper.)
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Incognito
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It's not over til it's over. So I will have my shovel ready for Justin Case.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:58 AM
 
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Well, I'm glad I brought a shovel back from NY when we went home for the holidays...it was in storage for the last storm. Nothing like making our neighbors (who know very well where we hail from!) laugh because we are in 2 feet of snow without a shovel.
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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It's not over til it's over. So I will have my shovel ready for Justin Case.
Ah yes, Justin. He's been hanging around here a lot this year.
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:12 AM
 
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About 4 years ago, I made the mistake of writing off an Alberta Clipper. It had been VERY cold here (just like now) and this thing was supposed to move through VERY quickly and leave a dusting of snow.

Well, around 10:30 that day, the flurry-like activity began and it wasn't a very heavy snowfall. But do to the extreme cold temperatures and the cold road surface, it started to stick quickly. After two hours, it was still going on and there was this odd, white, slick coating on the roads. About 1:00, I decided I should maybe go home. We got up on the freeway in DC and were immediately gridlocked. For 30 minutes the car did not move. We finally had to exit back off and go back to work. By this time, we had a good 3 inches of snow and it was some of the slickest stuff I've ever seen. The freeway was gridlocked because there was a sheet of ice and no one could move. Accidents all over the place.

I stayed at work until 4:30. I left again and didn't get home to Woodbridge until 9:30 p.m.

They were in no way able to predict any of this. But based on the cold temps and the kind of snow that comes in a clipper, it apparently iced everything over (it wasn't the kind of snow we had a few weeks ago). Fortunately, by the time we get up in the morning, we will pretty much know the conditions rather than get caught be surprise.
I remember that. I worked in Old Town and they closed the overpass- off of Eisenhower because of Ice. I took all the back roads home and avoided the mixing bowl which was slammed. There was a couple of weather men who hinted that ice may become a problem early that morning and may accumulate around 1pm, as I recall.
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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We haven't been "scheduled" for snow until tonight so don't count your chickens yet (I think you posted a day early)
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