FALLING ICE CLOSES BRIDGE AGAIN # 298

By: palmettobug53 , 10:53 PM GMT on January 05, 2014

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304. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
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303. palmettobug53
9:28 PM GMT on January 31, 2014
Hi, Pros. You sure sound cheerful!

It must be the sun shining that does it. I feel much more relaxed and cheerful today, too.

I'm delighted to hear that you're getting in the mood to paint again. Wonderful. I can't wait to see how the painting of your birthday flowers comes out.

I've been washing clothes. Making hay while the sun shines, so to speak. Best get it done now, as rain is on the way.

I usually dread a stretch of rainy days but this time I won't. I'm looking forward to the warmer temps.

It's been a busy day. I had a couple of appts and errangs to run, along with getting the laundry done.

I have no idea what to do for supper though. I need to come up with something soon!

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302. Proserpina
9:18 PM GMT on January 31, 2014
Hurigo, so far the owl is doing well. At least that's the last report that I heard. I believe that he was brought to the National Zoo where he is being tended to.
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301. Proserpina
9:16 PM GMT on January 31, 2014
All right! My kind of day. As it so happens that I am seriously planning on starting a painting and as soon as I visit a few blogs. I plan to download photos of the flowers that were given to me for my birthday. They will be my subject matter! Very timely, don't you think?

My cleaning crew is here and I and Mimi are ensconced in this room (I use this room for my computer, treadmill, and junk repository). Mimi is behind the closed door, stretched out on the floor, and wagging her tail. She loves the crew as they give her lots of attention! We are discovering that she is a barker, and boy is she loud! But she is my little baby.

We had sun today and a heat wave as the temps hit 49 degrees on my deck. I wonder what temps tomorrow brings.... Our breakfast-sunroom is not heated and it gets extremely cold. We have a portable heater in the room but it got so cold in the last couple of weeks that the heater gave up its ghost! We went out and bought another one, it is working 'overtime'. Hubby pays the bills (I used to but when he retired, he took over), so I asked him how much the bill for electricity is. His response? Over $400! It really has been cold here!

Well, I hope you have been well. Take care.
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300. palmettobug53
5:59 PM GMT on January 31, 2014
Caro, isn't it lovely? SUN!

Let's enjoy it while we can; it's supposed to cloud back over tomorrow and rain for the next 5 days.

One thing about those "Today's Birthdays": there are fewer and fewer names I recognize. I don't know who half of those people are, anymore.
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299. carolinagal
5:42 PM GMT on January 31, 2014
Hi Bug.. I'm glad to see the sun today!

Here's the link (well, one of them) that I couldn't get to work in the message I sent you.. It's one of those sites that lists something for each day of the year.

Go to the bottom and click "more" to see the days for February.

Chase's Calendar of Events
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298. palmettobug53
5:39 PM GMT on January 31, 2014
.yad ecin a evaH !guB ,iH,

!ay at kcab thgiR WTS

(That was tricky! lol)

The Ravenel Bridge has been shut down again, due to falling chunks of ice. One pickup truck has been hit, smashing the windshield and either the driver or a passenger has an injury to his/her eye from flying glass.

Local news says there's reports/pics on Twitter.

Motorist: Thought I was a goner.
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297. WatchinTheSky
4:38 PM GMT on January 31, 2014
): yad ecin a evaH !guB ,iH

Poor Gus, they do know, don't they!
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296. palmettobug53
3:17 PM GMT on January 31, 2014
I'm back. Had to take Gus in for his yearly check up and shots.

I don't know how they know but they do. Normally, he'd be snoozing on his bed in the front room and I could have just picked him up.

This morning, he was hiding under the bed, up at the head of the bed, way out of reach and refusing all enticements to come out. Hubby and I had to get in there, shut the door and have a rodeo.

Which did nothing but upset Gus. He yowled his head off until we got inside the vet's office. He settled down a bit then, with just the occasional "MAOW!"

He passed his examination with flying colors and is now back home and hiding under the bed again, for fear that he'll be hauled off on another scary journey. We probably won't see him for hours.

Sandi, I can't imagine having to take a 5 hour detour for 8 weeks. I know those villagers were frustrated but there's nothing for it but to take things as they come.

Which makes me think of that village you mentioned yesterday or the day before that is still cut off by flood waters.

Skye, I do see some pink and blue briefly on my radar. It seems odd to see that in that area of FL!

There's just no pleasing people these days, is there? Makes you wonder if any of them could survive, if they were plunked back into frontier days. We are SO spoiled and expect instant results, all the time. As they say, 'S..t happens.' There's not much you can do about it.
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295. Skyepony (Mod)
1:09 PM GMT on January 31, 2014
Looks like it's snowing here on your radar:)

I'm amazed how people have come to gripe either way over anything.

I'm a little ahead & it's raining. May put the inspire your heart with art to good use today.
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294. sandiquiz
1:06 PM GMT on January 31, 2014
Reading your comment about the folk who complained about the bridge being closed reminded me of a TV documentary I was watching about roads in the Scottish Highlands. One road that rises up to 3000 feet, gives access to a village at the end of the glen. The road was blasted out of rocky outcrops. One year, the ice, and its resulting freezing/thawing, caused a landslide. It closed the road for eight weeks until it had been made safe. Oh, yes, there was a detour for the villagers to get out.... a five hour detour around the glen and through some more mountains!!
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293. palmettobug53
12:42 PM GMT on January 31, 2014
Good morning, everyone.

I don't think it ever got down the the forecasted low of 27F last night. Sometimes, it's nice when the NWS is a little off on their prediction.

The NWS has us at 36F at 7:30. The birdbath is halfway thawed. All the ice is gone from my truck bumpers.

I still see some white patches, here and there, around the yards in the neighborhood but those will soon be gone. The sun is supposed to peep out and we'll get into the low 50's. Not quite as warm as last night's NWS forecast.

Got several things on the To Do list today. I am off, though they wanted us all to work a full day today, due to being out Tues/Wed. I had my desk current by midafternoon, pled my case and got the OK to still take the day.

Front page news this morning was indignation about the fact that the Ravenel Bridge was closed for almost 48 hours, preventing people from getting in and out of town to work without an hour's detour. It's the first time the bridge has been closed due to ice in the nine years it's been there.

I wonder at people sometimes. If they hadn't shut down the bridge and people got up there and had terrible accidents (despite being told to STAY OFF THE ROADS UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY), how much do you want to bet they'd be howling about negligence and stupidity on the parts of of local municipalities for NOT closing it?

Hurumph......

Maybe a few more minutes here, then I'll have to get myself showered, dressed and out the door.
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292. palmettobug53
10:25 PM GMT on January 30, 2014
Good grief, Sandi. Poor C. It's probably a wise decision to go to work and get a hotel room, while the strike goes on.

Yes, I am off tomorrow. My manager sent us an email this afternoon asking that we all put in a full day tomorrow because of time lost due to the weather.

I had to plead my case for still taking it off. My desk is current and one area that I help out, when needed, said they were current. So, I didn't have to switch it to Monday. Besides, I have an appt in the morning, one after lunch and several other things I want to get done and didn't want to postpone them.

It's going to be another nasty night for us. They just got the Ravenel Bridge from downtown Charleston to Mt. Pleasant open around 3 this afternoon. It's been closed since 8:00 Tuesday evening.

Freezing Rain Advisory

INLAND BERKELEY-COASTAL COLLETON-CHARLESTON-TIDAL BERKELEY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MONCKS CORNER...EDISTO BEACH...
CHARLESTON...DANIEL ISLAND...NAVAL WEAPONS STATION CHARLESTON
333 PM EST THU JAN 30 2014

...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A FREEZING
RAIN ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT.

* IMPACTS...AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN AND FREEZING DRIZZLE MAY
PRODUCE ADDITIONAL ICY PATCHES ON AREA ROADS THROUGH THIS
EVENING...MAKING TRAVEL DIFFICULT AT TIMES.

* LOCATIONS...CHARLESTON COUNTY...COASTAL COLLETON COUNTY...AND
SOUTHEAST PORTIONS OF BERKELEY COUNTY.

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS...TRACE AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATION ARE
POSSIBLE ON EXPOSED SURFACES...INCLUDING CARS AND ELEVATED
BRIDGES.

* TIMING...AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL
CONTINUE MOVING OFF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN THROUGH EARLY TO MID
EVENING BEFORE TAPERING OFF.

* TEMPERATURES...HOVERING AROUND FREEZING UNTIL EARLY THIS EVENING
BEFORE SLOWLY FALLING.


Hopefully, the temps will rise to forecasted levels tomorrow. While I'm not enthused about this much rain coming, I'd rather have rain and warmer temps, than ice/snow with freezing temps.

Tonight Areas of freezing rain before 9pm, then areas of freezing drizzle between 9pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. North wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. North wind 3 to 7 mph.

Friday Night Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph.

Saturday A slight chance of showers after 8am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 65. Northeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday A chance of showers, mainly after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday Night A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 57. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday Night Cloudy, with a low around 49.

Tuesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61.

Tuesday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Wednesday Night A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
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291. sandiquiz
10:14 PM GMT on January 30, 2014
Poor Archie 2 ...he is cold...no wonder he is sluggish!,

Glad you are home safe and sound. Is tomorrow one of your days off?

C was late home tonight due to a signal fault. Luckily it was salad for dinner!!
He tells me he has booked into a hotel in the town where he is working Tuesday through Thursday next week.
Apparently the London tubes are holding a 48 hour strike for more money!! Chaos will reign in London, so trying to cross it from north to south will be a nightmare!

Here we are, slowly coming out of a recession, and everyone wants more money!!!
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290. palmettobug53
9:54 PM GMT on January 30, 2014
Got home OK. There must still be a good bit of slick on the roads. Driving and steering my truck just didn't feel right. Slow and sluggish. Everyone but a few yahoos were still doing the slow creep.
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289. palmettobug53
8:52 PM GMT on January 30, 2014
Noooo, we can't have you running out of bread, Caro!

Here it is, almost 4:00, and we haven't even crawled above freezing. I'm hearing reports of sleet and snow flurries again. Guess I'll be creeping home the same way I creeped into town.

What happend to that high of 39F we were supposed to have? They're in the upper 30's and low 40's inland.

I'm seeing lows tonight ranging from 29 to 32. Sigh....
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288. carolinagal
6:56 PM GMT on January 30, 2014
Glad to see the drive to work was uneventful. It's still 30 degrees here, but hubby said the roads were fine on his way to work this morning.

Everything needs to clear up. I am almost out of bread!

I've spent my morning scanning my computer and such. I had a strange popup appear on my computer this morning, and decided to make sure was all okay. Hopefully I've taken care of any potential problems.
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287. palmettobug53
6:00 PM GMT on January 30, 2014
Hi, Tony. That snow is drifting up against the window a bit.

Oh, dear, Huri. That's something all too common. Hope the snowy recovers.

Back in December, ebird had an article about the snowy owl invasion. You might find that site interesting.

Just have few minutes for lunch, as I had therapy this morning. It took me a while to get my lunch in the microwave. Too many people in there.
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286. hurigo
5:38 PM GMT on January 30, 2014
Bug, this is sort of a sad story but one I bet you will want to respond to with healing vibes. A snowy owl that had been frequenting the DC scene is presumed to have had an encounter with a metro bus and is being treated by gentle souls. May the beautiful creature be healed and the attendants comforted by a positive outcome.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/local/hit-by -bus-dcs-snowy-owl-treated-at-national-zoo/2014/01 /30/5a3f83f4-89cf-11e3-833c-33098f9e5267_video.htm l

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285. hurigo
5:34 PM GMT on January 30, 2014
Hi Bug,
Glad you were able to get into work and make a quick post that you got there okay. Our 8 inches of snow is starting to melt on the sunny sides of things and we hope to get at or above freezing today and tomorrow into upper 40s.

Thank you WAB for that model. Very helpful. And--BTW--hello! It is nice to see you again!

Thanks for helping me with Thoughtsteader... I thought that voice sounded familiar. Hi Thoughtsteader!

About to send you a link to something in my next separate comment
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284. plapman
1:08 PM GMT on January 30, 2014
Good morning Bug.
I'll have to clear some of that snow away from the window today before the view is blocked.
Have a good day.
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283. palmettobug53
1:01 PM GMT on January 30, 2014
Hi, Sandi, Wab.

Made it to work OK. As it turns out, we were told to report in at 11:00 this morning but they emailed that out late yesterday after I checked my work mail.

I'd already decided to go in at the regular time, unless things got unexpectedly nasty. I wasn't the only one to come on in; there's about 15-20 of us here.

We had no more precip overnight. The roads were fairly dry but I did see some wet looking patches that were probably ice. I had one low bridge and two overpasses to traverse and, while they'd been sanded, they were still a bit slick.

I just drove 20, 25, 30 mph going in. Most everyone else was doing the same. I saw two separate squad cars parked on the side of the road, lights flashing, as I was driving. I think they were just watching traffic, making their presence known, to remind folks to drive slow and be careful.

Best get to work. Just wanted to touch base and let ya'll know I got here OK.
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282. sandiquiz
10:28 AM GMT on January 30, 2014
Lol - I had to laugh at the "national" day...
Seems appropriate for you today.


If you are going in, do watch the idiots on the road. I am not worried about your journey into work, it;s the others on the road you hvae to watch!!

Out with my Thursday garden centre friend for lunch, I will check back as soon as I get home to see how things are.
At the moment it is -1C for you... about 30 I should imagine!
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281. whitewabit (Mod)
2:08 AM GMT on January 30, 2014
Quoting 280. palmettobug53:
Great, thanks, wab.

It'll be interesting to see how this pans out.


yep it will .. don't know what the temperature is expected to be .. so could just be rain for you ..

hoping your drive in the AM will be a safe one !!
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280. palmettobug53
2:06 AM GMT on January 30, 2014
Great, thanks, wab.

It'll be interesting to see how this pans out.
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279. whitewabit (Mod)
2:03 AM GMT on January 30, 2014
models showing another storm next week ..

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278. palmettobug53
12:31 AM GMT on January 30, 2014
Monday, Huri? That gives you 5 days to see how things develop. You'll know a lot more by then and be able to make a decision on whether or not to travel.

Linda, I'm tired of this. How wab and jus and all do it, I don't know. Hurricane threats in the summer are bad enough. I don't need to freeze in the winter, too!

I agree with you: the next few days are a gift. I won't even mind the rain!
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277. Thoughtsteader
12:19 AM GMT on January 30, 2014
So, you're freezing again tonight, and with more rain? Phooey.

I did see that 1900 has a new blog up too, with mention of another system in the medium future. 7-10 days, I think. I'm not thinking beyond Saturday at this point - we're finally going to have three days in a row where it hits 60. Thank goodness!
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276. hurigo
12:08 AM GMT on January 30, 2014
Thanks, Bug. I'll have to decide by Monday in order to cancel reservation without penalty. So glad you mentioned it. Good luck tomorrow.
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275. palmettobug53
11:55 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Hi, mobal! Good to see you.

Yah, it's the same here, too. Roads mostly dry now but more frigid temps tonight and an added possibility of more freezing rain. Gonna be an interesting ride to work in the a.m.
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274. mobal
11:49 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Hi Bug and all. Crazy weather, the ice certainly shut Mobile and most of the northern Gulf coast down today. Most has since melted on the roads. But expecting 18 tonight so the wet spots will become ice for morning travel.
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273. palmettobug53
10:59 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
WTS, yes, it sure was a good day for puzzles. I have several crossword puzzle books and have worked a few.

Huri, I saw some temp drops on Accuweather's monthly forecast a few days ago. The fact registered but it's a ways out and the further out you go, the less accurate. I saw a post remarking on a possible upcoming weather event on pcroton's blog last night and/or this afternoon. Then, I think I read something this afternoon, as I was checking in at Dr. M's. blog.

I asked Doc and he said there's a possibility about 10 days out but, right now, it just bears watching to see what develops.

So.... keep your eyes peeled.
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272. hurigo
10:42 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Bug, you are going to have freezing rain again. So sorry. What/where did you hear about another storm next week. I need to do some traveling north to central Virginia. I heard we were going to be in the sixties on Wednesday.
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271. WatchinTheSky
9:48 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Appropriate that it is Puzzle Day, seems like staying inside doing a few puzzles is the best plan! Hope things get back to 'normal' soon.
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270. palmettobug53
9:39 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
339 PM EST WED JAN 29 2014

SCZ048>051-302045-
BEAUFORT-COASTAL COLLETON-CHARLESTON-COASTAL JASPER-
339 PM EST WED JAN 29 2014

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA.

.DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.

FREEZING RAIN...A WEAK WAVE OF LOW PRESSURE MOVING UP THE COAST
LATE TONIGHT MAY PRODUCE LIGHT FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE
ACROSS COASTAL SOUTH CAROLINA...GENERALLY ALONG AND EAST OF
HIGHWAY 17. THERE IS A CHANCE THAT SOME LIGHT ACCUMULATION WILL
OCCUR AND A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MAY EVENTUALLY BE NEEDED.

BLACK ICE...TEMPERATURES DROPPING INTO THE UPPER TEENS TO LOWER
20S TONIGHT WILL ALLOW LINGERING WATER AND SLUSH ON ROADS AND
BRIDGES TO REFREEZE. THIS WILL CREATE DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS
THROUGH AT LEAST THURSDAY MORNING...AFTER WHICH SUNSHINE AND
TEMPERATURES WARMING ABOVE FREEZING WILL HELP MELT THE ICE.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY.

FREEZING RAIN...A WEAK WAVE OF LOW PRESSURE MOVING UP THE COAST
THURSDAY MORNING MAY PRODUCE LIGHT FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING
DRIZZLE ACROSS COASTAL SOUTH CAROLINA...GENERALLY ALONG AND EAST
OF HIGHWAY 17. THERE IS A CHANCE THAT SOME LIGHT ACCUMULATION WILL
OCCUR AND A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MAY EVENTUALLY BE NEEDED.

BLACK ICE...TEMPERATURES DROPPING INTO THE UPPER TEENS TO LOWER
20S TONIGHT WILL ALLOW LINGERING WATER AND SLUSH ON ROADS AND
BRIDGES TO REFREEZE. THIS WILL CREATE DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS
THROUGH AT LEAST THURSDAY MORNING...AFTER WHICH SUNSHINE AND
TEMPERATURES WARMING ABOVE FREEZING WILL HELP MELT THE ICE.
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269. palmettobug53
8:23 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Wab, I've a feeling that some places opened up late morning or midday, judging from all the traffic I'm now seeing. There can't be THAT many people out joy riding!

Sandi, he's glad he didn't have to get out in this, too.

But he's now back with his old employer for 3 days a week. He'd been looking for part time work and hadn't had much luck. When he went to pick up his W2's for our taxes three weeks ago, they begged him to come back. He works Sun, Mon and Tues. This was his second week back.

I have my reservations about it but told him it was his decision.

He got them to put him on part time for while some months before he quit last year but, the next thing he knew, his hours were back up to full time. "So and so quit. Can you take over temporarily?" "Can you please do this, that or the other? Just this once?"

He says he made it clear to them that if that happens again, he's gone. We'll have to see how it plays out.

I hadn't said anything because I wanted to see how it went for a few weeks. He's been tired but it takes a while to get back into a routine if you've not been doing it for a while.

Scott, I hope your mother is doing OK. Stocked up with the necessaries and doesn't lose her power before everything thaws out.

You have had a strange winter this year, haven't you? Don't complain or Mother Nature might double up on you next winter!

Rob, 'icy Charleston' doesn't usually trigger visions of ice storms, does it? More like iced tea or, as you said, mint juleps.

I'm just glad that The Powers That Be did a better job than the ones in Atlanta. There's quite the discussion going on about that over in Dr. M's blog. Blame is being thrown around, hither and yon.

We will freeze again tonight but tomorrow brings sun and temps back in the low to mid 40's. We've got another night or two around 30F or so but then it looks like things get back to normal.

Until next week. There's another distubance in the wash to keep an eye on. Don't think it will be this bad again but who knows?
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268. GRANDMANAN
7:32 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Afternoon BUG, the term 'icy Charleston' brings to mind a Mint Julip rather than actual weather conditions. Have been watching the situation on CNN, lots of coverage, hoping things get back on the rails for you as the day unfolds.

The storm brushed by with a bit of snow, now bright sun and a bit of plowing required to allow salt to work, but not bad at all. Temp still below freezing, but for this part of the world very nice.

Hope you can get in the truck, and stay off the road till ice is gone.

Rob
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267. airman45
7:32 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Hi Bug,

My mother emailed me from Pensacola, you know, FLORIDA, and they had an ice storm also. All roads were closed, and she could not even walk outside. Not even thawing yet, and temps expected to drop to 21F tonight.

Here in Germany, our NON-winter continues. Had a little snow Friday, the only snowfall this year, but it was quickly gone. This week sunny and fairly warm.
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266. sandiquiz
6:53 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Hi Bug,

I am glad you and hubby manages to break into your truck.

I bet you are both pleased hubby didn't have to go out in the early hours to deliver...there is some good to retirement!! Lol
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265. whitewabit (Mod)
6:49 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
traffic today will help dry the roads out so won't be as bad tomorrow morning I would expect .. still icy some places though where water can collect ..

ground warmth will also help melt the stuff ..
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264. palmettobug53
6:37 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Wab, GG - I know better than to use hot water to de-ice a vehicle. Can we say, "cracked windows"?

Hubby got the driver's door of my truck opened and we managed to clear the windshield and side windows. The rest can take it's own sweet time. It's dripping away right now.

It wasn't just that the door lock or handle were frozen shut; the entire truck was sheathed in ice. Hubby just banged around the edges of the door with his fist. Got that first crack going and the rest was easy sailing.

Even at these temps, there's a bunch of thawing going on. It must be radiated heat from the ground and the house. Lots of the ice/snow in the yard is gone. The eaves are dripping gangbusters. Ice is still on the trees, clotheline, etc. Anything up in the air.

My front walk is now ice free. Dry, too.

Oddly enough, the birdbath now has only a layer of ice on the surface, which I just broke through. It was rock solid this morning.

I think the precip has finished up. I haven't seen anything coming down since around 9:00 this morning. The radar looks like most of what's still coming along is pushed just offshore.

There's quite the number of vehicles on the road, so they may be dried out more now. Bridges and overpasses will bear watching. Anything still wet will refreeze overnight.

I think I'll be fine, going in tomorrow morning. I'll just take it slow and easy.

Mike, wab - you can't always lay all the blame on the NWS. This storm possibility was mentioned last week. It's been on TWC, local weather reports, local papers, etc. You don't have to be a weather geek to know what's coming or when. Just PAY ATTENTION!

And remember that the interstates and freeways are not always the fastest way to get from point A to point B in a weather emergency. Everyone carries smart phones or has access to the 'net from work for traffic updates. Don't forget the lowly car radio.

I feel sorry for those folks caught in that gridlock in Atlanta, I really do. But most of the blame is on them. Except for those poor children in those school buses. I lay the blame for that on school Admin or the bus companies.
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263. hurigo
6:02 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Glad to hear my Carolina Sisters are doing just fine despite the circumstances.

Sandi-Across-The-Atlantic: Thank you for posting that link to CarolinaBelle's photo. I submitted my vote and Belle now needs just two more votes for ratings to show (hint-hint).
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262. GardenGrrl
5:38 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
PS, plastic spatulas make sort of okay ice scrapers in a pinch.
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261. GardenGrrl
5:37 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Hi Bug, so glad you are home celebrating National Corn Chip and Puzzle Day.
As for the ice on the truck, do not pour hot water on it!
Sometimes putting on a nice padded glove and thumping along the door seals will get it open.

You may just have to use more vacation time tomorrow. Then when you get back to work give really dirty looks to those knuckle heads that brag about how they risked their cars and made it in to work.

Not worth it if it's a long commute and there are ice patches. Also, checking the traffic and leaving the house after 9:30am isn't a bad idea.
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260. whitewabit (Mod)
5:34 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Quoting 256. clearlakemike:
Glad you are safe and at home, Bug, and not stranded in your cold truck somewhere. Saw the horror stories from Atlanta on CNN earlier this morning.


looks like everyone's blaming the NWS when they were the ones who didn't take action on the forecasted ice storm .. passing the buck and not taking any of the blame themselves ..
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259. clearlakemike
5:34 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
It sounds like that ice has you in a tizzy, Bug, lol. I guess, I shouldn't laugh, I would be in one too if I had to deal with that. I get upset if there is dew on my car.
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258. whitewabit (Mod)
5:31 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Quoting 255. palmettobug53:
Here's WU's forecast for us today. I sure hope so; we could use some thawing before tonight.

Wednesday Generally cloudy. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.


don't expect too much thawing today with those temperatures ..

I would try to get your truck de-iced if you can especially if the sun comes out ..
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257. palmettobug53
5:29 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Mike, I've been following that on TWC and online. I can't imagine being stuck like that. Not in this weather.
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256. clearlakemike
5:26 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Glad you are safe and at home, Bug, and not stranded in your cold truck somewhere. Saw the horror stories from Atlanta on CNN earlier this morning.
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255. palmettobug53
4:00 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Here's WU's forecast for us today. I sure hope so; we could use some thawing before tonight.

Wednesday Generally cloudy. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.
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254. palmettobug53
3:50 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Sandi, that's exactly what it looks like here at the house. Summerville is where Hubby's younger brother lives, at his mother's house. It's about 20 miles inland from where we are.

Caro, if you get anything more, I hope it's just snow. We certainly don't need more ice.

I'm seeing a little bit of weak sun peeping through the overcast.

The NWS says it's 28F but that's at the airport, inland. WU says we're at 30F. There's a little bit of thawing going on. A few drips from the eaves. The street pavement and my stepping stone walk are wet, rather than frozen.

I've had no issues moving about, on my forays into the yard to take care of the birdfeeders or to toss seed into the street for the doves.

Cold as blazes out there but the wind has died, despite what the NWS says (12 mph).

I was just out, investigating the icing on my truck. It's totally encased. I might have to hitchhike to work tomorrow!
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