2/17 Winter Weather

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by dmclone, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    16,016
    489
    83
    50131
    Made the trip at 5am from Johnston to downtown. The side streets were pure ice but 80/35 and 235 were fine. I drove around 40-45 and that was about average with a few people going 60+.

    On a side note, watched about 5 cars go in the ditch on Saturday when heading to Ames for the game. One older couple that went in the ditch drove for about a 1/2 mile in the ditch trying to get out. Don't know if they ever made it but it was kind of funny watching an old Buick just driving along in the ditch.
     
  2. Goothrey

    Goothrey Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2009
    4,598
    121
    63
    Engineer
    Austin, Tx
    Woke up a couple of times to something hitting my bedroom window. Couldn't figure out what was going on in my half sleep.
     
  3. cyclone1975

    cyclone1975 Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    1,026
    29
    48
    Professor
    Ankeny
    Sorry about that. I wanted in and I couldn't find my key.
     
  4. theantiAIRBHG

    theantiAIRBHG Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2011
    11,938
    571
    113
    Hiawatha, IA
    Twas the boogie man, duh.
     
  5. jay moe

    jay moe Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2006
    3,312
    74
    48
    Male
    Educator
    southern iowa
    Ice and snow here, very slick, local schools are cancelling.
     
  6. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    16,016
    489
    83
    50131
    People in the south don't know how to drive/
     
  7. CysRage

    CysRage Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    9,573
    400
    83
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    #7 CysRage, Feb 17, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2014
    When we were driving on I35 north of Des Moines for the game, we saw 25+ cars in the ditch. Before all of that we came upon a multiple car pile up and people were out walking on the road! I hit the breaks and got stopped in time thanks to my 4 wheel drive but multiple cars that were behind kept sliding and would just hit the cars that were stopped on the road or flew into the ditch. Not a good day.
     
  8. JSmoove

    JSmoove Member

    Jan 19, 2012
    573
    9
    18
    Male
    Transportation Engineer
    2611 Helser, Louden
    Didnt think it was really too bad here in Cedar Rapids until I hit the HWY 30 and I-380 interchange and the ice pellets turned to freezing rain that instantly covered up the windshield the moment it hit. Almost ran my washer fluid dry the last few miles into work.
     
  9. ImJustKCClone

    ImJustKCClone Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    26,905
    2,076
    113
    Professional Pongid Pundit
    traipsing thru the treetops
    Blerg. I'm not going anywhere soon...my drive & gravel lane are a sheet of ice, and snow is falling heavily over top of it right now.
     
  10. wartknight

    wartknight Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2006
    6,732
    164
    63
    Was out shortly before 5 and roads were fine. Out again around 630 and a totally different animal. Looks like the DOT has been downgrading the road conditions. No where to be for me until around 2 so I think I'll just sit tight for a bit
     
  11. ImJustKCClone

    ImJustKCClone Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    26,905
    2,076
    113
    Professional Pongid Pundit
    traipsing thru the treetops
    Slow drive to Ames for us on Saturday as well. It was not helped by the fact that we realized halfway there that we had left the parking hangtag on the kitchen counter and had to go back for it...
     
  12. CysRage

    CysRage Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    9,573
    400
    83
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    At that point I probably would have kept driving just parked in public parking instead..but for football I'd definitely go back for the parking pass :cool:
     
  13. cloneswereall

    cloneswereall Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    3,397
    225
    63
    How does 4WD help you stop?
     
  14. carvers4math

    carvers4math Well-Known Member

    Mar 15, 2012
    11,683
    850
    113
    Southern Iowa is a skating rink. Sounds like Ames is bad too? Want to warn my kid so his first step out at Freddy isn't a wipeout like the Friday of finals. He had to inch his way that day so he'll need some lead time.
     
  15. ImJustKCClone

    ImJustKCClone Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    26,905
    2,076
    113
    Professional Pongid Pundit
    traipsing thru the treetops
    For a different game I would have!

    Problem is there were other events, and public parking was at a minimum. Health issues (arthritis) make it difficult for me to walk long distances over uneven (poorly plowed) surfaces, making it a must to retrieve the pass. We live in rural Story county, so it wasn't that far to return...and we had left quite early in the first place.
     
  16. Agclone91

    Agclone91 Well-Known Member

    Feb 5, 2011
    2,022
    39
    48
    Ames
    It doesn't.
     
  17. ImJustKCClone

    ImJustKCClone Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    26,905
    2,076
    113
    Professional Pongid Pundit
    traipsing thru the treetops
    Heavy sleet fell, snowing overtop of that right now...Ames is in the center of the heaviest band at the moment.
     
  18. ImJustKCClone

    ImJustKCClone Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    26,905
    2,076
    113
    Professional Pongid Pundit
    traipsing thru the treetops
    Common misconception. :)
     
  19. Angie

    Angie square root(31) = 5.56776436
    Staff Member

    Mar 27, 2006
    21,633
    1,361
    113
    Female
    IT
    IA
    There were ice pellets about the size and texture of ice salt pretty constantly, and now the snow is coming really fast and hard. He'll want to be careful.
     
  20. Cyclonepride

    Cyclonepride Thought Police
    Staff Member

    Obviously you put in in reverse and gun it.
     

Share This Page