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Old 03-24-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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What we all may be missing from this thread is that for us "locals" with years of experience driving these "not terribly adverse" conditions except in "a few spots" ... someone like the OP may have been an accident statistic looking for an opportunity to make their mark. The OP was obviously concerned about possible road/driving conditions in the area, and they can be rather daunting for many people without the experience and judgement to know where to look on the road for hazards ... and to slow down to a controllable speed in a timely manner, and how to deal with the hydroplaning, sliding on ice, or plowing through slush on the road.

The HP has to operate the roads to the lowest common denominator driver in today's litigious society, plus it makes a lot more work for first responders if there's a bunch of unnecessary acccidents out there in the highway.
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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I just got the accurate information on that April blizzard that I made reference to a few posts back. I was a year off. Here's the recap, from today's Gillette News-Record:

April 24-27, 1984: The worst late spring blizzard to hit Wyoming. Winds as high as 65 miles per hour whipped 3 feet of snow into 15- to 20-foot drifts and shut down northeast Wyoming for two days. Two ranchers died and numerous livestock were killed.

Compared to that one, our latest blizzard was just a pleasant day or two off from work.
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