It was then, I figured we were in trouble. Lately, they have been pretty good at determining whether or not a "snow event" is going to happen although sometimes they are pretty far off with their accumulation predictions. They said it would start yesterday about 2pm. The schools were smart enough to close a few hours early before it even started. A bunch of people around here really give the school systems heck for doing stuff like that, but if they'd experienced what I did yesterday, they might cut them some slack.
2:00 came and went with nary a flake. Schools were out and I was contemplating whether the snow would really come before rush hour. For the readers that don't know, I live about 35 miles south of the city, so the commute on a good day with no traffic (what's that?!) is about 40 minutes. On a heavy traffic day (which is EVERY day thanks to construction) it can take me 90 minutes to get home. Average afternoon commute is an hour. Anwyay, I digress.
About 3:00, it started snowing. And in about 5 minutes, the roof outside my window at work looked like this:
I had no idea just how bad it would be.
By 5:30pm, I had gone exactly .48 miles (a 1 minute drive according to Mapquest). I had only gone about a block. It was gridlock. I was so frustrated and upset and just wanted to be home. But after 2 hours, I quickly realized that I was going nowhere (literally) and it would be better for me to turn around and go back to the office. I managed to get down the next side street and make the block around without sliding into another car (though I did slide right down the street). When I rounded the corner to go back onto the street to the office, there was about 85 cars in two lanes trying to get out onto the main road.
It was then that I almost lost it. I couldn't get in touch with Steve because the lines were jammed and I was starting to get freaked out because I couldn't get ANYWHERE. I finally made my way around the block again and parked in an underground garage at the hospital located near our offices. Lucky for me, I had tennis shoes in the car that I'd put there at the beginning of the winter season "just in case". I donned my tennis shoes (with my work clothes) and started hoofing it. Yes, my friends, I began to WALK back to my office. Here I am walking...with my purse and my laptop. I had no hat, no gloves, only my coat and tennis shoes!
|If you look closely, you can see the cars behind me. The traffic was unbelievable!|
It wasn't far...probably 1/2 mile at best and less than that when I cut through the other building parking lots. But the traffic was that of which I have never in my life seen. And as I was crossing the park to get to the office, people started honking and I thought "Holy cow, they're going nuts".
It was truly something I wish NEVER to experience again. And there were hundreds and hundreds of people across the city stranded everywhere from their workplace to the interstates. It was crazy.
The roads were still pretty icy this morning, but the office opened about 10am, so at least the interstates had
cleared off by then. The temps weren't above freezing, but the sun was out today, so the roads were practically dry when I came home (which was early because I was in no mood to sit in traffic for more than 10 seconds today).
So that is the saga of getting stranded in the snow.
And for the record, I'm officially OVER the snow. I'm now ready for spring. I knew it would come sooner or later.