Did you hear? We’re supposed to get a massive snow/ice storm in Raleigh today. Well, what I mean is it might snow and sleet for a few hours with very little accumulation. But Raleigh is getting ready!
Schools are closing early. Roads are brined with salt.
Seems a bit excessive right? Well, only if you didn’t live here in 2005.
In 2005, we had this random, weak snow/ice front that came through. By 4pm, I decided that I should head home from work as I knew the roads would be getting bad. Traffic reports were coming in and the office was shutting down.
My drive typically took about 20-25 minutes. On this particular day, it took me….. TEN HOURS.
Yes, you read that right.
It may have been more, but I’ve blocked it out of my memory from the mental anguish it caused. It was hell, y’all. Pure and utter hell.
I had heard that traffic was backing up along the major highway so I started to try to go through town. Big mistake. I ended up on a hilly road and was slipping and sliding all over the place. I was pretty much scared to death that I was going to get stuck.
I very slowly made it back up this hill and headed toward the highway, where I crawled and sat, crawled and sat until two in the morning. I was lucky to have made it home as many people abandoned their cars on the side of the road because they ran out of gas.
Cell phone towers were jammed but luckily I was able to call my husband (who was in Florida of all places on business) and keep tabs on a co-worker who was behind me on the highway. She had just started at the company and I didn’t know her well, but after that, we definitely had a bond, for sure!
I had half a Power Bar in my console and an old bottle of water that managed to sustain me. I’m just thankful I didn’t have to pee.
My co-worker wasn’t so lucky. She called me so we could strategize over her options. We decided she could run up to my car and open the back door so she could squat down and take care of business. (At the time, I had a Jetta and she had an SUV, which did not allow her any privacy.) We still laugh about it to this day. I can only imagine what other people had to do.
What happened to cause such a cluster eff? To this day, I still have no idea. The stories at work the next day (yes, I went in late) were pure insanity. Over 3000 kids slept at their schools because their parents couldn’t get to them.
All because of one inch of snow.
Good luck Raleigh. Batten down the hatches.