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Old 01-12-2019, 10:16 AM   #1
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Nearly 2 years ago I moved to the St Louis area and the weather has most certainly been the largest part of acclimation process.

After 40+ years of life, yesterday takes the cake. With snow falling at a radical pace all day, I watched from my office window. Leave, or not to leave. I was watching cars sit on the highway I didn't really feel as if there was a productive reason to leave. At 2pm, I made the call to leave and start the journey, in which would become the craziest drive I've ever made.

As highways, streets, and interstates were closing at a rapid rate, I decided to use WAZE to navigate me home. Big Mistake! The first couple of hours of my journey was somewhat calm as I mostly was avoiding well traveled roads (WAZE attempting to make it quick). The residential roads were mostly comprised of stalled cars that I could pass using my 4 wheel driver Texas truck. This very noticeably became obviously unproductive after 2 hours I could walk to work.

Because of the massive river systems in St Louis traveling in any direction usually ends a pinch point to cross some major river. As a result I only have a couple of roads to travel home. As 2 of them was closed (according to WAZE) I chose the 3rd possibility. This highway reminds me of some hill country roads, winding through the hills, with even a ski resort placed on this road. At this time I had already passed hundreds of stranded motorist, but this was nothing in what I would experience over the next 8 hours.

As I entered the winding, hilly, slab of pavement I noticed very quickly- I made a mistake. Picture CR335-337 roads but with trees, and a blizzard and thousands of cars. Everyone I was talking to would have some sort of escape option that told me- they don't get it. What was happening is vehicles would stall in trying to get up a hill, and then every other vehicle behind them would slow and stall. To make matters worse people would try to go around, resulting in cars lacing the roadway from guard rail to guard rail. After just sitting for hours, and watching people abandon their vehicles and start to walk (don't know where). It just so happened the gentleman in front of me was in a lifted 4 wheel driver truck, and yes you guessed it - from Texas. I just want to add with this sort of 100% congestion, it is impossible for plows or tow trucks to reach the problems. GRID LOCK! So, this good ole' boy and I started to work together by snatching up cars and dragging them against the rails, creating a singular center lane. This then created a battle- who was going to use the created space, north or south bound traffic. This nearly caused a war. People were going nuts! The even bigger problem is that the congestion was miles and only freeing you up for a few hundred feet. Finally, a couple of officers made there way to us, and we informed them of our plan. They loved it, and used their motivating flashy lights to assist in persuasion. After hours of dragging cars and inching my way through- I made it! Sadly, thousands of motorist are still there. I did however have 19 people in my truck that I dropped off at the grocery store. Crazies thing ever! Just wanted to share... Stay in Texas!
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:20 AM   #2
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Glad you made it out of there safe, crazy for sure
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:36 AM   #3
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Dude that’s nuts! A day you’ll never forget that’s for sure
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:39 AM   #4
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Good Lord.......sure wish you had pic's
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:39 AM   #5
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That's odd, my friends from the north tell me that Texas drivers don't know how to drive in cold weather. Seems that might be an exaggeration and that it's difficult for anyone not in a four-wheel drive truck to drive in those terrible blizzard conditions.

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Old 01-12-2019, 10:41 AM   #6
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wow, what a mess
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:44 AM   #7
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I would have gotten a hotel room and had a few adult beverages and chilled out. My wife works in Marble Falls and it’s about an hour drive to work. Roads get ice she stays there
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:44 AM   #8
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Being from PA I can relate. I used to drive a 2wd Ford Ranger. Momentum was key, I would hate when the car or truck in front of me would spin and stop. For some reason in PA guys with 4wd always try to make it in 2wd first, then they get stuck, then put it in 4wd. The problem is that screws up everybody behind them.
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:46 AM   #9
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Reminds me of my 3-year "sentence" at the Pentagon in DC.
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:49 AM   #10
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Crazy! My sister moved from Texas to St. Louis several years ago also. Iíve heard some of her crazy weather stories but not quite like that. I would have been inclined to let them know I was from Texas as I was dragging cars off the road!


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Old 01-12-2019, 10:50 AM   #11
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Wow. Glad you had fuel for all that. Always carry emergency supplies - you never know.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:04 AM   #12
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having lived in WY. ND. MN. I can related
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:12 AM   #13
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Good write up. Any pics?
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:17 AM   #14
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I am almost 40 and have never even seen/touched real snow. I can not relate at all. You would think since those folks in St.Lious who are born and raised in it ..they would have better plan when it snows.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:18 AM   #15
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I wouldn't wish St Louis on anybody! Worked there a few times and wouldn't go back! Glad you got home!


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Old 01-12-2019, 11:28 AM   #16
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Good on you for helping out! I deal with people in the Midwest on a somewhat regular basis and the weather stories I hear solidify the fact that I am HAPPY in Texas!
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:37 AM   #17
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It cracks me up when we have a winter storm at our cabin in Ruidoso. People go nuts. Iíve got my Tacoma, so I really donít care.



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Old 01-12-2019, 12:00 PM   #18
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Being from PA I can relate. I used to drive a 2wd Ford Ranger. Momentum was key, I would hate when the car or truck in front of me would spin and stop. For some reason in PA guys with 4wd always try to make it in 2wd first, then they get stuck, then put it in 4wd. The problem is that screws up everybody behind them.
You're not kidding!
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:01 PM   #19
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Good on you for helping out! I deal with people in the Midwest on a somewhat regular basis and the weather stories I hear solidify the fact that I am HAPPY in Texas!
Good Call! I'm not that smart...
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:03 PM   #20
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:14 PM   #21
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I am almost 40 and have never even seen/touched real snow. I can not relate at all. You would think since those folks in St.Lious who are born and raised in it ..they would have better plan when it snows.
That's crazy!!!
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:32 PM   #22
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That's odd, my friends from the north tell me that Texas drivers don't know how to drive in cold weather. Seems that might be an exaggeration and that it's difficult for anyone not in a four-wheel drive truck to drive in those terrible blizzard conditions.

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Yep, that was my thoughts exactly. I think that People are just people and don't use their knoggin when they should.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:46 PM   #23
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I talked to my FIL just south of KC. They have 12 inches and still snowing.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:08 PM   #24
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Yep, that was my thoughts exactly. I think that People are just people and don't use their knoggin when they should.
From my experience yesterday, the drivers like me that I have actually used 4 wheel drive and spent time off road and in the mud, did much better. Granted, the cars had no chance. It was just too deep.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:09 PM   #26
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:09 PM   #27
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:18 PM   #28
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:31 PM   #29
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That's odd, my friends from the north tell me that Texas drivers don't know how to drive in cold weather. Seems that might be an exaggeration and that it's difficult for anyone not in a four-wheel drive truck to drive in those terrible blizzard conditions.

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Not really an exaggeration. Texas drivers have a hard time on dry roads, let alone driving in rain, snow, or ice. . Driving in blizzard conditions is exponentially more difficult even for people who have experience with driving in snow. Having a 4-wheel drive vehicle is the best way to go.
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:04 PM   #30
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I am almost 40 and have never even seen/touched real snow. I can not relate at all. You would think since those folks in St.Lious who are born and raised in it ..they would have better plan when it snows.
The whole cities IQ put together is around 300.

And do not ever get caught on the bad side of town if you're a white Texan.
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:35 PM   #31
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Don't take this the wrong way, but I hope you get that snow stuff in October next year. And I hope it sticks and stays until May.
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:47 PM   #32
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Don't take this the wrong way, but I hope you get that snow stuff in October next year. And I hope it sticks and stays until May.
Not sure how to take that.
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:49 PM   #33
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The whole cities IQ put together is around 300.

And do not ever get caught on the bad side of town if you're a white Texan.
There is no planning. When the city is immobilized no equipment or pretreatment is applicable.

300? Hmmm
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:52 PM   #34
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I just wish MO and all other places north of Texas would be covered up in snow for all of the hunting season. Specifically duck hunting season.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:52 AM   #35
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It's still snowing! Ohhh geez! This is a mess...
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:01 AM   #36
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It's still snowing! Ohhh geez! This is a mess...
Yea I heard today was going to be bad.........
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:02 AM   #37
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Thats crazy. Reminds me of when I go to our place in Colorado in the winter.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:09 AM   #38
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Yea I heard today was going to be bad.........
Here are the current stats:

3,918 calls for service
1,790 stranded motorist
878 crashes
57 injuries
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Old 01-13-2019, 01:31 PM   #39
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Being from PA I can relate. I used to drive a 2wd Ford Ranger. Momentum was key, I would hate when the car or truck in front of me would spin and stop. For some reason in PA guys with 4wd always try to make it in 2wd first, then they get stuck, then put it in 4wd. The problem is that screws up everybody behind them.
Darn Yankees........


This is supposed to be the epic ice storm of the year, worst is over for the year..

Back during black ice road conditions here in Hounton freeways were closed. early 70's. I was crawling along Post Oak going over I-10 and moved over to let a 25mph horn blaster get by. When we topped the over pass at the same time we faced a 10 car pile up down at the bottom. But I was fortunate enough to have that horn blowing sob plow right through them opening a clear path. It looked like he hit all ten cars twice using all sides of his Caddy just so I had clear pathway. Never did thank him....
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:35 PM   #40
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Over the Christmas holidays we went to Colorado. It ended up snowing 30" on us in a 36-38 hour period of time. Cars off the road everywhere. What is unusual is that no one stops to help anyone. We pulled one gentleman out who was in his late 60's-early 70's, and he stated that he'd lived there his entire life and had never pulled anyone out or been pulled out by anyone other than a wrecker. Blew my mind...it's a different world than Texas, that's for sure
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