January 28, 2008

Snow Day in Seattle

Posted in snow at 9:40 pm by Michael

We woke up this morning to a light dusting of snow – probably about half an inch. We only realized this at about 6:15am (still dark), when we went out to go running. It was lightly snowing still, but the clouds were broken and the moon was out. It’s been pretty cold here recently, so the snow stuck, even on the roads.

That being said, we were able to do our normal run, and we came back home, and I was thinking that it would be a normal work day – maybe a little longer commute, but no biggie.

We got ready, and I went downstairs at about 7:30am with Samwich, and noticed the following scene.

Step 1

This car apparently was coming down the hill, braked, and got sideways.

A couple of cars tried to go up the hill, but stopped. One car was coming down the hill, and miraculously got by via the sidewalk.

However, proving that wishing that gravity and friction are fungible laws of physics doesn’t make it so, a green minivan tried to go up the hill, but lost traction, and the following merriment ensued.

This guy really needed to get somewhere, so after switching drivers, they somehow got there car out (more bumper cars ensued in the process), and left the scene.

Finally, to add to the total fun, an Audi came down the hill, and slow-motion t-boned the red car.

Step 3

Two hours and two sand trucks later, the Audi was able to back out and around, and then the red car was able to get out as well.

In Boston, a half-inch of snow is a “flurry”, here it’s a state of emergency.

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2 Comments »

  1. Dawn said,

    Stuff like this always cracks me up considering that I drive my little plastic Saturn on ice and snow over 6 months of the year, without any winter tires, and I’ve yet to lose that amount of control!. I figured Seattle would get quite a bit of the white stuff, guess I was wrong! 😀

    Dawn

  2. Kris said,

    Wow. We haven’t had snow like that here in Arkansas in quite a while. We mostly get ice.

    I have a friend and old roommate who is living in Boston now and she does not enjoy tunneling through the snow while we enjoy 70 degree weather here in Arkansas.


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