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Feb 5 - Rainer w/ some snow in NNE

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 Roads around town not in great shape this morning.   It's amazing how 1.5"  of snow can stand up to several hours of moderate rain.

 I hate these types of systems because you're screwed if you shovel the driveway and you're screwed if you don't.  You can have a thicker sheet of ice with some bumpy traction or a thin sheet of smooth ice.

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5 minutes ago, HoarfrostHubb said:

My driveway at home was a frozen mess, despite air temps above freezing.

The long, winding uphill driveway for my school and its parking lot were so icy, my little car had trouble getting uphill

Yeah--pretty icy.  I went with the bumpy driveway route per Chris' dilema.

28.3*

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1 hour ago, HIPPYVALLEY said:

 Roads around town not in great shape this morning.   It's amazing how 1.5"  of snow can stand up to several hours of moderate rain.

 I hate these types of systems because you're screwed if you shovel the driveway and you're screwed if you don't.  You can have a thicker sheet of ice with some bumpy traction or a thin sheet of smooth ice.

I usually opt to leave it, But 1.5" is a tough decision, If its 3-4" and then some rain, I wait until its over before clearing the pack soaks the rain up most of the time.

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Snow and ice everywhere this morning.  During the Superbow halftime the snow turned to rain so I had the not so brillant idea to snowblow the driveway.  I figured if I waited till morning the snow would have refrozen into a glacier with the rain saturating the pack overnight overnight and refreezing before dawn.  Well it didn't work.  Now the driveway is down to pavement with a coating of black ice.  I guess 34F rain and a frozen ground don't mix!  I hate throwing sand plus we have the Wed storm.   Lesson learned....

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21 minutes ago, wxeyeNH said:

Snow and ice everywhere this morning.  During the Superbow halftime the snow turned to rain so I had the not so brillant idea to snowblow the driveway.  I figured if I waited till morning the snow would have refrozen into a glacier with the rain saturating the pack overnight overnight and refreezing before dawn.  Well it didn't work.  Now the driveway is down to pavement with a coating of black ice.  I guess 34F rain and a frozen ground don't mix!  I hate throwing sand plus we have the Wed storm.   Lesson learned....

 There is not really a winning solution for these types of events.   I left down enough to keep it bumpy but ultimately will go through a few buckets of sand.   Fortunately the town provides it free to residents.

 You are right though, although air temperature was above freezing the ground was not.

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That's because any amount of snow in any form is something quite unusual but cold rain to freeze is totally run of the mill nowadays. 

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4 hours ago, dryslot said:

What a disaster outside this morning, Its a skating rink in my driveway and on the roads.

Worst black ice I've encountered in 15 years of commuting to Augusta, and the bad part was its randomness - I'd go along just fine and then the rear end would go for a walk on the wild side at a spot that looked no different from everywhere else.  Never left the pavement, but it was an unsettling feeling.

Temp must've never gotten much above 32; our dark-colored Forester had just the 0.3" that fell just before the p-type change, and most of it was still there despite nearly 1/2" RA.  Three Feb snow events in 4 days, 3.3" total snowfall - pennies and ha-pennies. Looks like that might change midweek.

Edit:  Thru today, I'm now 1.1" BN for cumulative snowfall, so the Wed event should be very welcome.

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1 minute ago, tamarack said:

Worst black ice I've encountered in 15 years of commuting to Augusta, and the bad part was its randomness - I'd go along just fine and then the rear end would go for a walk on the wild side at a spot that looked no different from everywhere else.  Never left the pavement, but it was an unsettling feeling.

Temp must've never gotten much above 32; our dark-colored Forester had just the 0.3" that fell just before the p-type change, and most of it was still there despite nearly 1/2" RA.  Three Feb snow events in 4 days, 3.3" total snowfall - pennies and ha-pennies. Looks like that might change midweek.

Yeah, Was a lot of accidents out there today, This looks to be a decent week shaping up snow wise if all plays out as modeled.

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