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.
Taking the freeway wasn’t an option – it was even worse than the city streets, it was a parking lot.
The best part of all this is how many seasoned Minnesotans forget how to drive in this crap. It happens every year, the first snowfall causes winter driving amnesia.
Here’s how I can tell. Two different drivers were right on my bumper – in weather like this, there should be at least one car length between drivers. One car behind me did slam on his brakes – and almost skid right into me.
And just because your big-ass SUV has anti-lock brakes doesn’t mean you’re going to stop on a dime; ice and snow doesn’t discriminate or play favorites with any vehicle.
For those of you who have never driven in snow before, you get a pass. For the rest of you who either live here or have driven in this crap before, you have no excuse whatsoever.
The cartoon above was drawn by Steve Sack almost 20 years ago. It’s still just as relevant today as when it was first published. It’s one of my favorites and I usually post it with the first snowfall.
Tomorrow morning's commute is supposed to be about the same according to the forecast, maybe even a little worse. When this nonsense is all said and done, six to 10 inches could be on the ground. The consolation is that the temps will be reasonably mild for the rest of the week and the roads should be decent to drive on as the week goes on.
‘Til then, here’s to white-knuckling it behind the wheel.