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One year later: Glenwood snow photo goes viral

Posted February 12, 2015

Lindsay Webb of Raleigh shot this picture of the chaos on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh on Feb. 13, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Lindsay Webb)

Remember this picture?

This is the original picture, taken on Glenwood Avenue a year ago today by Lindsay Webb, as the second round of wintry weather to hit our area in as many days wound down. Of course, if you spend any time on Facebook or Twitter, though, you likely saw a few variants, including one with Godzilla, a Star Wars AT-AT, or even our favorite, Greg Fishel.

The storm produced up to a quarter-inch of ice in parts of the Triangle along with a fair amount of snow, ranging from a trace to an inch along Interstate 95 to more than half a foot west of Raleigh. This followed a storm that struck a year ago yesterday that dropped 3.5 inches of snow in Fayetteville and up to half a foot in places south and east of there.  

Despite being well forecast, the timing of these storms contributed to many folks heading in to work or school only to be caught in hours of stop-and-go traffic around the Triangle. It also resulted in the postponement of the "Battle of the Blues” basketball game between UNC and Duke. Fortunately – and unlike the gridlock day in January 2005 – the result did not include hundreds of people stuck on the roads and children stuck in schools overnight.

Where were you when the snow began to fall a year ago today? Would you do anything different if history repeated itself?


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  • Wayne R. Douglas Feb 13, 2015
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    This was one heck of a day. I had an appointment at the VA Hosp the following morning, so I got a hotel and made the trip this evening. I ended up having to maneuver the local streets of Durham, going around many wrecks, just to get there. What constantly made me chuckle, was the false sense of security that folks had, that their front wheel drive vehicles gave them. I would take any rear wheel vehicle, any day in a snow storm. I have a 4WD truck, but never had any reason to use the 4WD. It was too easy.

  • Lisa Grabowski Feb 12, 2015
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    If anyone would like to reminisce on the fun times, here's my collection of Raleigh Snowpocalypse pics/memes: http://imgur.com/a/pmCZT

  • Larry Price Feb 12, 2015
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    if I was the person in front, i'd definetly have a framed picture of this in the office!

  • George Herbert Feb 12, 2015
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    The photo went viral last year. I haven't seen it recently until Nate Johnson decided to resurrect it.

  • Peter Panda Feb 12, 2015
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    A story on an old picture? really?

  • Chris Holder Feb 12, 2015
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    LOL +1

  • Blake White Feb 12, 2015
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    I had the picture with the abominal snow man as my background on the computer at work for the longest time.

  • John Jay Feb 12, 2015
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    I always carry milk and bread.

  • Dave Roth Feb 12, 2015
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    Not necessarily because of this, but I currently carry tire chains in my car, along with various other preparedness aids. I may never use them, but $30 could mean the difference between getting stuck in that pictured scene and getting home quickly and safely.