It was an absolute JOY driving in to work today.
Overnight, the temperatures went from above freezing to below. The damp streets iced over. A fresh coat of fluffy white snow added another of skid, combined with tires crushing it down and vehicle exhaust made for glaze ice on city streets.
My normal 20 minute commute took 45 minutes, and I left 30 minutes earlier than normal. The combination of Monday, the Monday after a holiday weekend and snow would mean the commute would be slow.
The way I’ve remembered the difference between the two is this: Storm waTCh (tiny chance), storm waRNing (really nasty).
Sometimes I think the anticipation of a storm is worse than the actual storm. The hype, the frenzy, the blown-out-of-proportion weather forecasts!!! The exclamation point abuse!!!
No matter what happens, I’m prepared: I have food, toilet paper and beer. That last one is key. If you’re safe at home watching snow fall at three inches per hour, you need something to numb yourself to the reality of driving in it long after you’ve sobered up. Don’t read into that, I’m NOT advocating drinking and driving. If you’re safe at home, not driving anywhere for several hours/overnight, then for the love of Pete, have a cocktail.
Keep your eye on the sky, watch the weather reports and no matter what form of precipitation ends up falling from the sky, drive safe.