Beware the snow and blowing snow

It didn’t look too bad outside A Bitty Better when I woke up Thursday morning.

The dire weather forecasts seemed to be, well, a bit too dire.

Brrr on Dec. 15.

Brrr on Dec. 15.

The snow really hadn’t arrived in full force.

It was cold, though.

One wipe cleared the windshield.

One wipe cleared the windshield.

But then I reached the bottom of our street in the Galeville neighborhood of Liverpool and pulled onto Old Liverpool Road on my way to work at the Liverpool Public Library.

And I couldn’t see past my windshield. The snow squalls had moved in, and I didn’t think I could make the two miles to work without incident.

Safety stop.

Safety stop.

So I pulled into the closest parking lot to allow the band of snow to pass by. I hoped. I sat in the parked car for more than five minutes, watching the snow fall at an alarming rate. Then it seemed to have slowed somewhat, so I pulled back out on the road and followed the tail lights in front of me. I hoped that driver stayed on the road. Having moved here just two months ago, I felt this route is not ingrained in my mind and my muscle memory as deeply as the roads I took to and from The Little Bitty, where my dear wife Karen and I lived for a dozen years.

Clustered traffic.

Clustered traffic.

I took the curves and made my way over the train tracks, slowing for the red light at the big intersection before my entrance into the pretty Village of Liverpool.

Coffee stop.

Coffee stop.

Yes, I had left early enough to make my morning stop at Nichols Supermarket for a cup of Joe to bring to my desk, tasty flavored locally made Paul de Lima. I’m on a Butterscotch Toffee jag these days.

Phew. Safe at work, without incident.

Would you drive on following tail lights or pull over in the nearest lot? What are your most feared driving conditions, and why? Which is your favorite photo, and why?

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20 thoughts on “Beware the snow and blowing snow

  1. be safe always. it has been like that off and on for the last week here. on monday, we had a snow day off of school already. i don’t mind snow driving, (as long as i can see), but i hate ice driving. not much longer until winter solstice and then we are heading back towards spring. )

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  2. We just got blasted by a huge snow storm on Wednesday which dumped 16 to 20 inches in and around our town, and schools were closed for two days. I did not drive at all during that time and don’t plan on it until this is all cleared out, they haven’t even fully plowed our street yet! Daughter got stuck in our unplowed cul-de-sac trying to drive to school today, then hubby got stuck in our driveway driving out to pull her out with our car! The traffic light photo interests me because I am trying to figure out why there is both a left turn sign with a no left turn sign, LOL!

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  3. We are expecting 70 degrees with possible tornadic activity followed by an artic blast and possibly freezing conditions. I wish it would only snow!

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  4. We got hit on Thursday. When I drove in at 4 a.m., nothing had started yet. It was well after the sun was up that I saw it snowing like the proverbial son of a bitch. Then it stopped. Haha, I thought. Then it had started again when I got out at 3 p.m. Yikes! But I lived to tell the tale. Likewise driving to the store in some crappy crap this morning. AND when I had to run out again for the sugar I didn’t know I needed (Christmas cookie day). I got beer that time. I don’t think it’s doing anything now, but you now Mohawk Valley Weather: if you don’t like it, wait five minutes.

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