Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Weather

It didn't affect us much, the winter storm that hit Churchville and the surrounding area. Eric is subbing in the Churchville school district and was able to walk to his job yesterday. Today his job is even closer to us (in fact, the closest Churchville school to our house), so walking is possible if he wants to brave the cold. While many of the districts around the area are late this morning, Churchville is on time.

But my sister wasn't as lucky over in Seattle. Snow in Seattle is a problem because of the many many hills. Last night, I-5 became a parking lot as accidents slowed it to a crawl. It took my poor sister over 5 hours to get home on the bus. She posted to Facebook from her iPhone as she waited on the bus.

Our main concern now is whether or not the weather will allow us to travel over the passes for Thanksgiving. At the moment, I give our chances at about 50% of going. What happens today will go a long way to deciding whether or not we will try to get over the mountains. I've been spending a lot of time at the DOT Traffic Camera page checking all the cameras along our possible routes, and I'll spend more time today and tomorrow morning.

So... how's the weather where you are?

6 comments:

Wings said...

Right now, 79 degrees and sunny! Course, we are on vacation...

Roger Owen Green said...

Albany, NY: 52. It was overcast most of the day, but the sun is TRYING to come out.
I recall that Seattle's hills are bad when it's too hot or too cold. Very surprising weather for your part of the country.

Carolyn said...

Cold! Last night it went to minus 22 f. BRrrrrrrrrrrr..

Jonathan L. Miller said...

I'm on the East Coast right now for Thanksgiving, but our cab to Seatac this morning (at 3:30AM) didn't show. So we had to drive from Redmond to the airport at 4AM...which was ridiculously scary. Snow over ice and 22 degrees.

When we landed, of course, it was cloudy and 60 degrees.

Roger Owen Green said...

Someone's posting YouTube videos of your misery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhZCyQ3emQg&feature=youtu.be&a

Tegan said...

Roger: People don't understand just how slippery Seattle gets in the snow. You cannot go more than a half mile without a hill, and some of the things we can "hills" are called "mountains" in other areas of the country. Add in the fact that snow is *just* rare enough in Seattle that most drivers aren't used to it and don't know the proper rules to be safe, and you end up with a really dangerous situation.

Fortunately, hubby-Eric and I are on the other side of the state now, and people out here are a tiny bit more cautious in the snow. And the area is flat. Very flat. So hills don't figure into it. If you slide, it's almost always because you are going too fast.