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  • bama95 Jan 21, 10:54 a.m.

    I'm just thankful someone made the right decision and postponed the concert. You might could have gotten there ok, but by the time the concert was over the roads would have been iced over. I've seen a lot of people complaining about the Governor's call, but she made the right choice. This was the only way the RBC center would have postponed and no one was going to just throw away their expensive tickets and not go. Sometimes the government has to protect us from the greedy and on rare occasion they actually do.

  • quit_whining Jan 20, 9:25 p.m.

    How many husbands are thanking the Lord that the Celine Dion concert was canceled tonight..."Oh sorry honey...tomorrow night we can't get a sitter, guess you can either go alone or get a refund!"

  • injameswetrust2003 Jan 20, 5:41 p.m.

    Can someone with Wake schools explain why they wait so long to close schools? Make a decision, for pete's sake. Some people need to go ahead and plan for tomorrow. Snow = can't be reassigned by chucky although I'm sure he'd like to try.

  • jr1brown Jan 20, 5:40 p.m.

    I took a poll of all the drivers of the wrecked vehicles today and they were ALL from the north! Thanks for showing us suthun' folk how to drive, ya'll.

  • kmb0694 Jan 20, 5:02 p.m.

    find it odd that one of the golo'ers posted she had about 8 inches of snow in Clayton but Raleigh doesn't have that much....wow.

    We live in So. Wake about 10 miles from Clayton and we had about 8 inches. Why is this so hard to believe?

  • DominicanNC Jan 20, 4:52 p.m.

    Im glad to see all of you safe here but, not matter if you have AWD/ 4WD or traction control in your vehicle driving carefully or not going out in this type of weather are your safest option. I notice since this morning two separate accidents and one thing that I notice about the accidents people failed to slow down. Some people think that driving through snow is just like driving on a sunny day (if you live in a busy street just look outside and you'll see what I mean). Please be safe anyone and have a bless one.

  • chargernut69 Jan 20, 4:29 p.m.

    ...can you say "Chicken Little" ?? I can't imagine what she will do when we have a real emergency. Call in the national Guard?

  • micah Jan 20, 4:25 p.m.

    Yeah, low gear is a bad idea. Oh, and if Perdue didn't declare a state of emergency most of the people on this site would be whining that she wasn't doing enough.

  • Iworkforaliving Jan 20, 4:16 p.m.

    in a low gear? are you kidding?

  • ytb781pearl Jan 20, 4:03 p.m.

    "State of Emergency"??? For a little snow? Bev is already feeling the power. Geeezzz

  • ribbons55 Jan 20, 3:39 p.m.

    A state of emergency for 4-6 inches of snow! That's ridiculous. We're in for a rough ride with this Governor is she's going to panic everytime it snows! We already look like idiots for the "Great blizzard of 2005" where a 1/2" of snow brought the triangle to a halt. Now this. Geez!

  • DaddysAngel27 Jan 20, 3:39 p.m.

    I live in Nash Co. and the snow is beautiful here! I love it! Even being from PA. and used to driving in it I still urge people to be very careful. The roads here are different that being in a major city. Have fun and enjoy the snow everyone but please stay safe.

  • amyrn Jan 20, 3:23 p.m.

    The problems with the roads will occur later after there is less traffic going through keeping the ice melted. Once that slush freezes, they are going to be slippery!

  • saltygirl2 Jan 20, 3:17 p.m.

    My boss let us out early... the roads are fine if you just drive slow and in a lower gear. Stay off the brakes, drive slow....

  • nufsaid Jan 20, 3:17 p.m.

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    My hare-brained daughter and her housemate went outside to measure the snow and locked themselves out. They called me to bring a key. I live just outside of Apex on they live off Six Forks road near Lynn.
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    Now that IS and emergency. The Governor's decision sounds like she panicked.

  • blondton13 Jan 20, 3:15 p.m.

    I, for one, work in RTP but do not have the experience with driving in slippery, icy conditions so I used good sense and stayed home. Hope everyone stays safe!

  • amyrn Jan 20, 3:14 p.m.

    I find it odd that one of the golo'ers posted she had about 8 inches of snow in Clayton but Raleigh doesn't have that much....wow.

  • amyrn Jan 20, 3:11 p.m.

    And Sassy, you may not have gotten much snow, but some areas have gotten quite a bit! Check out the pics that have been sent in. We have gotten a little over 2 inches and it is still falling. The roads are going to be treacherous in the evening and night and early in the morning.

  • amyrn Jan 20, 3:08 p.m.

    I second that "thanks DOT workers" and thanks to the special one that told me to keep my britches home today! Yeah, I have 4WD and like I said earlier, unless I am plowing through 4 feet of snow, it ain't worth nothing on ice! As for the trucks doing nothing, they also have to keep an eye out for developing trouble spots. People just like to pick on the DOT workers and just like any other profession, there are some sorry ones but the majority of them work pretty danged hard. They are out now and were out early in the bad weather while we are inside warm and toasty playing on our computers.

  • Willows Sassy Britches Jan 20, 3:05 p.m.

    state emergency, ? for what,lol. theres hardly any snow on the ground

  • mikenjennifer Jan 20, 3:03 p.m.

    GOOD WORK STATE DOT WORKERS

  • Transient Entity Jan 20, 2:58 p.m.

    Seems to me like a lot of people have nothing better to do than to argue and fight on golo today. I guess they are either bored at home or in an almost empty (if not completely empty save for them) office. Yes, I will lump myself in to that category.

    I stayed home this morning because I didn't want to be on the road with other people that may or may not know how to drive in these less than ideal conditions. Now that things have "improved" for the most part I will continue to stay home as the day is a little more than half way over with.

    It's not a north vs. south thing. It's simply that there are people who think they know how to drive in inclement weather and really don't that scares me. I remember my basic driving instructions but have never really had that much real world experience driving in this type of weather so I exercise caution and don't drive it unless I have to. Luckily I didn't have to this morning.

  • weasleyes Jan 20, 2:49 p.m.

    As a society, we seem to have forgotten the true meaning of an "emergency." A few inches of snow is an "emergency?" Ridiculous!

  • micah Jan 20, 2:39 p.m.

    Why do people always tout 4-Wheel drive as a requirement to drive in snow and ice? 4-Wheel drive can really help you if you get stuck, but it has very little to do with STOPPING and STEERING when you lose traction.

  • Bendal1 Jan 20, 2:36 p.m.

    The state trucks "doing nothing" were probably awaiting assignment to the next street, and the drivers were taking a much needed lunch break. Remember, they were out around 3:00 am and probably had been going nonstop since then trying to stay ahead of this snow.

  • woodrowboyd2 Jan 20, 2:06 p.m.

    the state trucks you see just rideing around doing nothing are helping the economy by spending our tax dollars for nothing
    its a goverment thing.

  • smitty Jan 20, 2:05 p.m.

    Bev didn't wait long to make a huge costly mistake.

  • outside_of_apex Jan 20, 2:02 p.m.

    My hare-brained daughter and her housemate went outside to measure the snow and locked themselves out. They called me to bring a key. I live just outside of Apex on they live off Six Forks road near Lynn.

    I have a Jeep so I didn't have much of a problem; the big thing to worry about are the other drivers. Didn't see any wrecks but a lot of sliding and fish-tailing. The roads were somewhat improved when I came back.

  • DrJ Jan 20, 2:00 p.m.

    State of an emergency??? I don't know exactly what that entails, but I'll bet it wastes my daggum tax dollars! Bev, don't panic at the very first "weather" you see!!!

  • FE Jan 20, 1:52 p.m.

    My friends in NY are busting their britches laughing at us!!

    I'm glad to see the new governor has things firmly under control. Can she send the National Guard over to clear my driveway?

    FE

  • Bendal1 Jan 20, 1:50 p.m.

    "just look at the picture for this story, there are tire tracks exposing the asphalt providing more than suitable traction, yet the car in the pic is in the trees at a 90 degree angle from the road, how is that even possible?"

    Bob, it's called 'black ice'. There was plenty of it out this morning at 6:00 am when I went to work. Cars drive on the snow, snow melts, then refreezes into clear ice that can't be seen until it's too late.

    Tomorrow morning, if anyone trying to drive sees dark black pavement, there will be ice on it. Only dry pavement (light grey) will be safe to travel on. The snow will probably have ice underneath it and at 20 degrees the snow will really just be fluffy ice waiting on someone to pack it down by driving on it.

    Today wasn't bad; tomorrow will be much worse if the snow isn't completely removed from the roads (and it won't be).

  • Bob Sidel Jan 20, 1:45 p.m.

    "LOL, like this is the only area with folks that "can't drive""

    who said it was? there are people on here blaming the roads for the problems, always quick to pass the buck. my point is, if you think the roads are bad, I disagree and think you are a bad driver

  • Blues Man Z Jan 20, 1:42 p.m.

    Schnabba said "I saw a few SUVs on the side - but they weren't 4x4s"

    I saw several SUVs as well, but I didn't stop to ask them whether they had the 4x4 option or not.

  • enderby Jan 20, 1:39 p.m.

    I lived in real snow (almost 300 inches/year). I tried it today around 6:30. Anyone can drive on a plowed road, some folks should not be so smug about winter driving. The people who "know how to drive in it" are the reason I am staying home.

  • Ready2Taxi Jan 20, 1:38 p.m.

    The first real snow fall in years, state's in an emergency, reporters outside freezing and ready with wall-to-wall weather coverage - and it's all preempted by the Obamathon!

    Oh, bummer, dude!

  • yabbadabbadooo Jan 20, 1:34 p.m.

    I saw a few SUVs on the side - but they weren't 4x4s.... a lot more smaller cars - and a LOT of really bad driving.... hitting the brakes a lot on downhills, braking hard coming to an intersection, braking in the middle of a turn in an intersection (each of these created some kind of a problem / wreck). Several were private contractors - panel vans, people carting trailers somewhere (why?). Several good accidents involving little cars trying to get to food lion. Expensive grocery run. The roads aren't that bad right now - tomorrow will be worse.

  • venitapeyton Jan 20, 1:33 p.m.

    "It's called using judgment... don't have to be a "yes man"

    I was once told that state gov't never closes: meaning that employees are expected to be at work. I guess that's a 'yes man'. A permanent employee may have sick or vacation time to substitute, but temps and hourly employees don't. And they usually will do whatever is necessary to get to work. No work, no pay. It's even more desperate when daycares are closed.

  • dws Jan 20, 1:32 p.m.

    "dont blame the roads because you cant drive"

    LOL, like this is the only area with folks that "can't drive"

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/11/nh.interstate.pileup/index.html?iref=newssearch

  • Bob Sidel Jan 20, 1:31 p.m.

    "Bob Sidel seems to be an expert driver and a legend in his own mind! May'be you can share some tips with us, Bob..."

    heres a tip for YALL, if you cant drive in the rain, then dont expect to be able to drive in the snow

  • cinder572 Jan 20, 1:27 p.m.

    Hey Food Lion!! The governor has declared a state of emergency! What in the world are you doing telling your employees that you will be "writing up" those who do not feel the roads are safe and choose to stay at home?!! Shame on you!!

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Jan 20, 1:24 p.m.

    Madam Governor, Our state is an emergency.

  • Paladin2 Jan 20, 1:22 p.m.

    Bob Sidel seems to be an expert driver and a legend in his own mind! May'be you can share some tips with us, Bob...

  • any1butcarolina0405 Jan 20, 1:10 p.m.

    I went to school on a Saturday when I was in year round years ago, it's not that bad, it's not even a full school day you have to make up if its still the same, you go in later, you get out earlier, and still eat lunch. I like how parents don't care about family time until the county changes when school starts, or wants you to make up a day.

  • dogeatdog Jan 20, 1:07 p.m.

    OK, Goldsboro is up to about 2" now (in the city limits, I know other parts of Wayne County have more). Please Lord, let it keep falling!

  • java323 Jan 20, 1:07 p.m.

    I came into work this morning - the roads were OK - but about a dozen accidents on I40/85 and every single accident involved a pick-up truck or an SUV!! People, just because you have a 4 wheel drive doesn't mean you are safe barreling down the interstate at 70 mph in the snow. SLOW DOWN!

  • blytle Jan 20, 1:07 p.m.

    Could someone please clarify just what a State of Emergency means????

  • lma1973 Jan 20, 1:02 p.m.

    The roads are not very good...i just went out and i live in a heavily traveled area. The roads are going to be TERRIBLE tomorrow morning when this slush freezes over into one solid sheet and with a low of 19 degrees tonight, its going to be much worse tomorrow than today.

  • avidreader Jan 20, 1:01 p.m.

    A state of emergency??? PLEASE!!!! What, does this get us more money from papa Washington? It's only just begun!!!

  • Bob Sidel Jan 20, 12:56 p.m.

    just look at the picture for this story, there are tire tracks exposing the asphalt providing more than suitable traction, yet the car in the pic is in the trees at a 90 degree angle from the road, how is that even possible

  • Bendal1 Jan 20, 12:56 p.m.

    Bob,

    It's not my driving ability on snow covered roads that concerns me (I've driven safely when the roads were solid sheets of ice, and one year when we had 7" of sleet), but everyone else around me. Tomorrow, when it's 20 degrees and any ice/snow that melted today refreezes into slippery ice, I'll probably stay home and admire the beauty. Might as well have done it today since I'm the only one in my office anyway...

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