Weather Beast Attacks Northeast

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If you believe in signs and portents, this ominous weather map should give you pause. (click on image to enlarge)

I was watching the weather map loop and saw the usual display of snow and mixed weather morph suddenly into this demonic figure.

This is not a weather map to ignore.

A few days ago, we had an inch of slippery snow which caused terror on the streets as vehicles fishtailed helplessly even at low speeds. On a two hour trip into Charlottesville, I had six narrow escapes in my Dodge cargo van. The snow had compacted into a surface that was unsafe at any speed.

At one point, I slid sideways down a country road and narrowly missed taking out oncoming cars. Not everyone was so fortunate and the ambulances were very busy on the south side of Charlottesville. The city terrain consists of rolling hills and every incline is a potential threat for non-four-wheel drive vehicles.

We are planning to watch the weather from inside today.

UPDATE: It is now 2:00PM and it has been sleeting steadily for the past two hours. The frozen particles bounce on impact with the ground and sting when they hit your skin. A herd of deer dashed through here a few minutes ago, trying to find shelter. It’s not a fit day for man or beast.

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0 Responses to Weather Beast Attacks Northeast

  1. judy says:

    Incredible beastie…..we will shore up defenses and huddle close to the teapot.
    Glad you kept a cool head while sliding around the roads.

  2. Bill says:

    In this part of the world (western Canada) we’ve had our own share of beasts. The holiday week had temperatures here in Edmonton around -30 Celsius, which is something like -22 F. The west coast just had California’s rain (the Pineapple Express from the Pacific) so they’ve had mudslides etc. in Vancouver. We had freezing rain followed by snow the other day … and, well, your basic Canadian winter I suppose.

    The upside for us is that we’re so used to this schizophrenic weather most of us just sort of shrug and say, “Give it an hour. It’ll change.”

    (A few days ago they were going around in shorts down in Calgary. I swear, if the weather was human it would be locked in a madhouse.)

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