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Birmingham is open, but some of the smaller towns in the surrounding area have had road closures just for everyone's safety. Since we are not equipped for this kind of stuff, its really unreasonable to expect everything to go on as if nothing happens. There have already been a lot of power outages because the type of snow we get here is not light, powdery, or dusty, it's heavy laden wet junk which takes down power lines and tree limbs very easily. Our power just came back on after about a four hour outage in our neighborhood with underground utilities (obviously, something above ground leading into our neighborhood was a weak link!).

It has not been below freezing here yet this winter, so the roads are clear, but wet. We will have some black ice tonight and tomorrow morning, though, as the low is supposed to be around 24F.

Personally, I've lived in NC and Virginia with plenty of snow exposure, but I just don't have the requisite 4WD here to deal with it responsibly, so I simply stay off the roads and out of the way of of all my regional neighbors who think snow is not much more than "cold white sand" and don't know how to behave in it.
 
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regional neighbors who think snow is not much more than "cold white sand" and don't know how to behave in it.
That is the biggest problem. These people cannot even handle themselves when it rains, let alone when it snows. Those of us that are more experienced have no problem traveling through snow, the problem comes with those around us that have zero experience and panic because they are going 3x the safe speed.

Anyway, my wife started a fire in the fireplace, I have cold beer at the house and am looking forward to a quiet weekend locked in the house out in the country.
 
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Stay warm and dry!

I'm just barely coming off a 7-day bout with harsh winter bed-ridden crud. Had to go to the office yesterday just to get my laptop so I can start catching up on all the deadlines I've fallen behind on this week. I'm toasty on the sofa now with my laptop, finally crunching away at some billable hours.
 
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Once the snow falls driving is not too bad. Its when it melts and turns the streets into ice rinks with frozen channels where it get scary. Too many people don't realize they need to start stopping well in advance and slide into someone or something.
I work for a University and as such have to deal with all the out of town students who drive too fast and cant keep their eyes on the road.

At least they don't put salt down on the roads like they do elsewhere, just sand when they get around to it. They also don't have the budget to start plowing until at least 3' accumulate.
 
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I remember my first winter up in "cold country". I was on my way to work (0600 shift change) and came to the usual stop sign on the way. I doubt that I slowed more than one mph for the next block. Needless to say I was wide awake from there on.
 
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Power company is turning off power to areas where there might be risk of power lines coming down due to the fires and/or weather (high winds) in our area with the Santa Anas blowing through here.

If the wind and fires weren't enough to deal with Mother Nature gave me a project this weekend. Luckily only the leafy branches hit anything so nothing was damaged from the fall (especially people). Need to get this one out of the way so I can get to the other one that's still on the tree and hanging over the house before it falls too.
 
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Is that your new home Brian? We had a ton of trees down recently during hurricane Irma, so now I have a lot of green wood for my new hobby, wood turning on a lathe.
 
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Right now we have over 7 of snow on the ground plus what has already melted. The weatherman said last night 1-2 in the heaviest areas with no accumulation on the roads. They kinda missed this one. Just took my daughter over to her friends house and there is at least 3 on the roads.

Only job job where you can consistently be wrong and not get fired. I guess it is tricky though, a degree or two either way makes a huge difference.
 
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Calling for a light dusting here but like Bill Kay says, you can never really tell so I attached the plow mount and checked the lights out. That pretty much ensures that we'll get nothing here this time around.
 
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Nope, congress is another job like that...
 
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12* yesterday, 47* this morning at 430...gotta love Colorado! Tired of this warm crap, I want SNOW, blowing SNOW and Cold! It's winter it should start acting like it!
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Home now, Christmas tree is shining bright, fire is roaring and the beer is 34 degrees...
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