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Snopocalypse 2010 update

When it rains, it pours... er....

The plows passed through this morning, but because they don't appear to know how to deal with snow in Kansas, they didn't actually remove any snow... or even push it onto the verges on the sides of the road. On the hill leading up to campus today, we have a single lane. What makes it even better? A year or so ago, neighborhood nannies decided to have the city to install little barriers in the middle of all the intersections. You guessed it: There's almost no way to get around them right now.

But here's the kicker: It appears that a water main broke near campus. On the plus side, the massive river of water running down the hill is melting the snow-drifts caused by the crappy plowing. On the down side, tomorrow's high will remain around zero, and tonight we should reach -12°F before windchill factors. Add teen-aged Kansas drivers and hilarity ensues.

I had a real blast trying to get up the hill (on an alternate route) in my Saab - a car designed for winters. In fact, at some point I simply gave up and turned around, which was fun on a one-lane-wide road buried in snow. I learned how to drive in Minnesota, and you couldn't pick a better car for this stuff, and yet. Imagine 18-year-olds in rear-drive SUVs. Good times.

At least it's Friday, so we have a couple of days before the work week resumes. Perhaps by Monday, when students and teachers will be on campus, the hill will be ice-free. It'll require heroic measures, but it could happen!

Chris

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dragonet2
Jan. 8th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
I ran to the bank
and store this morning, glad for my front-wheel drive minivan (the way KC has plowed, my little Mystique is in danger of high-centering and it has no weight at alL). Most streets are snow-packed or icy, and because of the first plowing, people have parked weirdly. They had to tow someone out of the north end of Cherry because people couldn't go down the street.

If you're in a rear-wheel behemoth, you're f-kered. There is an upward slope to Troost as it goes north to a stop light at 39th St. and some poor bastard in an old Ford wss just spinning his wheels. I came home up the Paseo, it's wider and less sloped.

I got home and won't go out until tomorrow, when we have a hotel walk-through for Conquest.
mckitterick
Jan. 8th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
Re: I ran to the bank
Yikes!

Will ConQuest be downtown again? Nice digs!
dragonet2
Jan. 8th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Re: I ran to the bank
The Hyatt loves and we love it. I ran the consuite last year and I have NEVER, EVER had an easier time throwing a party function in a hotel. They staff was always helpful, courteous and good at thinking around a problem.
mckitterick
Jan. 8th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
Re: I ran to the bank
Hooray!
weaselmom
Jan. 8th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
You have a very very bad track record with idiot teenaged drivers in your area, so my advice to you is to stay off the roads until June.
mckitterick
Jan. 8th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
If only.

Oh, here's a fun fact I neglected to mention before: I had ordered some winter-riding stuff for the new Vespa - a nice, big windshield to cut the wind and crash bars, just in case - and they arrived on the first day of Snowpocalpyse™2009. The delivery guy set the box in a snow drift. Hardee har har. At the rate the snow is piling up, I won't be able to use this stuff until it's too warm to really benefit. *sigh*
weaselmom
Jan. 9th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Does my aging brain fail me, or didn't we have a conversation in which we agreed (or maybe I agreed with me for you) that you wouldn't ride the Vespa in the snow? Although frankly, the crash bars would come in handy year-round.

Do you have anything pressing going on this weekend? If not, my advice is to stay indoors and drink hot alcoholic beverages.

Edited for icon solidarity. However, here it's in the mid-40s and raining. As usual.

Edited at 2010-01-09 04:23 am (UTC)
mckitterick
Jan. 9th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think I agreed to that. But it was only winter (and snow-free) when I ordered the equipment! Soon as the roads are clear, I'll be back on two wheels. Of course at this rate, that might not be the case until March....
tully01
Jan. 8th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Even more fun will be watching the fools with 4wd that don't understand 4wd. Always amusing watching them get stuck and slide into stuff. Or listening to people whine about the city not laying down salt, when salt doesn't do a damn thing until temps get up to 20 or better. About all they can do right now is scrape (plow) and drop some sand for traction. If they're too incompetent to scrape properly, you're just screwed.

On the bright side, sounds like you have a new ice-skating rink!
mckitterick
Jan. 8th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
Re: ice-skating rink: I wouldn't be surprised to see the skateboarders do something interesting that could result in a sonic boom....
saffronhare
Jan. 8th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
I've found that the patience, experience/skill, and attention level of the driver are much bigger factors in nasty conditions than the vehicle or whether it's FWD/RWD/4WD. I drive a RWD Jeep Liberty and have done okay so far.

Naturally, I have just jinxed myself. Pray for me. Or something. :)
mckitterick
Jan. 8th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, trust me, I was doing it just right. It's just that the Lawrence road-clearing policy is that they don't plow side-roads until we have 3" of snow, so we get a lovely ice-pack beneath the snow. Put that on the side of a steep road that's only one lane road and hilarity ensues.
saffronhare
Jan. 8th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
I remember that! UGH.

My response was more about the "idiots in SUV" stuff. :)

Edited at 2010-01-08 10:45 pm (UTC)
dragonet2
Jan. 8th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
One of MyYahoo headlines this morning
was that a water main broke at 9th and Main. Right where Dr. P works...

It apparently didn't affect the building, but I did call and warn him. Fortunately he doesn't need to go out that side of the building at all.
mckitterick
Jan. 8th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Re: One of MyYahoo headlines this morning
Good thing! I also noticed another main break down on Mass. and 23rd. Good times all over.
fortyozspartan
Jan. 8th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Saabs are fwd I take?
mckitterick
Jan. 9th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
Yes indeed! And quite agile in the snow.
fortyozspartan
Jan. 10th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
If I had the extra money right now, I think I'd get some snow tires. Having RWD in this weather is sketchy. Took me three tries to get my little incline driveway and into the garage the other day. Had to have all the momentum I would need to get up the hill at the bottom. Oh well, next year maybe. Now if only my hose would unfreeze so I could get some of the salt off my car!
tully01
Jan. 10th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
Cable chains looking pretty good right now, aren't they?
(Anonymous)
Jan. 9th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
weather
Love the term weather-porn. Much has been written about how TV weather folks hype up the weather with their special kind of froth. What an apt term!

Funny thing about living outside of Lawrence is that the main road is in better plow condition than anything in town. If only my driveway was clear! -jen
mckitterick
Jan. 9th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
Re: weather
Hi! Yeah, that's irony, having clear roads because you're outside town.
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