12/30/07 40 W, 1 I - + 13 - 13 Thunder in Winter?

Snow in ten days, or is it thirty? Make that loud thunder in winter. Pictured added for dramatic effect. From January 19, 2005, when about an inch of accumulation paralyzed the Capital City.

Car 9 - 12/30/07 - 16:31

Seeing that snowflakes are bigger than rain drops, if we were to get a foot of snow, how much would that help our drought situation?

I’m praying for a foot, but if it won’t help the drought that much I’ll pray for more.
Silver - 12/30/07 - 17:34

Car 9 - 12/30/07 - 18:01

Quick Google search shows that consensus is about 6.5” of snow yields 1” of rain precipitation. But let’s all hope that we don’t test that theory any time soon… They’re only calling for flurries on Wednesday morning. But of course, on January 19, 2005 they were only calling for a “dusting”.
Olson - 12/30/07 - 19:41

Can’t wait. out there on the beltline in the gridlock for hours!
Car 9 - 12/30/07 - 19:58

I was in NYC for my birthday on 1/19/05 and laughed hysterically when I saw that story on the news while relaxing at a Times Square lounge. Sorry to you guys that were in it, as I know you weren’t laughing.
Silver - 12/30/07 - 20:25

A surprise snowfall sends fire units scrambling to multiple medical calls, vehicle accidents, and single-engine response fire alarms. Though only about an inch accumulates in the Capital City, melting snow on the roadways soon refreezes due to the low temperatures. Early-closing schools and businesses soon clog the slick streets with a record number of cars and buses. The resulting congestion stalls traffic and slows emergency responses on both major thoroughfares and popular cross streets. Gridlock also hampers the efforts of crews clearing snow and applying sand. Tire chains are ordered onto fire apparatus about 2:30 p.m. Gridlock persists on major roads into the early evening and increasingly poor road conditions affect response times to some incidents. Dozens of abandoned cars litter roadways and firefighters assist some stranded motorists with finding shelter. Routine commutes take as long as ten hours for some drivers. Multiple-vehicle accidents occur throughout the afternoon, though no serious injuries are reported. The Raleigh Police Department responds to 422 vehicle accidents between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., with another 60 reported accidents pending. By midnight, officers are taking information over the phone for minor wrecks. Units also respond to a working apartment fire at 1209 Holman Street around 8 p.m. Car 72 and Truck 1 are first on scene and report fire showing from a second floor window. Engine 1, Engine 13, Engine 2, Rescue 7, Battalion 3, and SR 5 also respond. Both the room and its contents are destroyed. By 10 p.m., approximately 350 school buses are still on the road. Another 3,000 children around the county re being sheltered at 56 schools for the night. Major arteries including both the Beltline and New Bern Avenue remain stalled into the late evening. By 11 p.m., Governor Mike Easley has declared a state of emergency for Wake County, allowing state government buildings to be opened as shelters. Other motorists sleep overnight in their cars. The fire department answers 152 calls between 0800 hours Wednesday and 0800 hours Thursday, nearly a 50% increase over the average volume of 82 calls per day. (January 19, 2005)
Legeros - 12/30/07 - 20:46

anyone have any interesting pictures from the gridlock events?
Car 9 - 12/30/07 - 21:59

Let’s not forget the big snow storm of Feb 2001.Over 20” of snow in the Capital city in less than 24 hrs.
Jim Kay - 12/30/07 - 23:40

Jim, I was getting off duty in Durham that morning and was one of the 1st to make tracks down the Durham Freeway towards 40, a morning I’ll never forget.
Silver - 12/31/07 - 00:12

wow ’01, spent 4 days solid at the firehouse… I hope to never have to do that again
CFP 7021 (Email) - 12/31/07 - 00:28

I was working in Chatham County, and left home in Smithfield a few hours early. The plows on I440 were following me. I spent three days at work. Lesson learned- IHC and Freightshaker chassis ambulances do NOT do well in snow.
DJ (Email) - 12/31/07 - 10:42

Are you guys sure that didn’t happen in ’00?
Henry P. - 12/31/07 - 10:42

From http://raleighwx.easternuswx.com/raleigh..

The 20 dates and their approximate snow accumulations at the airport, used for Raleigh were:

Feb 26-27 2004 6.5 inches
Jan 2-3 2002 10.8 inches
Jan 24-25 2000 20.3 inches
Feb 17-18 1989 6.2 inches
Jan 7 1988 7.3 inches
Feb 6 1984 6.9 inches
Mar 24 1983 7.3 inches
Jan 13-14 1982 6.0 inches
Mar 1-2 1980 11.1 inches
Feb 18 1979 10.4 inches
Jan 7-8 1973 6.4 inches
March 1 1969 9.3 inches
Feb 9 1967 9.1 inches
Jan 25-27 1966 9.7 inches
Feb 26 1963 6.9 inches
March 9-10 1960 7.0 inches
March 2-3 1960 7.1 inches
Dec 11 1958 9.1 inches
Jan 19 1955 9.0 inches
Jan 30-Feb 1 1948 7.8 inches
Legeros - 12/31/07 - 11:20

...as this historian observes time and again, we remember “what” much more clearly or easily than “when.” Which makes sense. The passage of time is not perceived in the same immediate physical sense as other things we perceive. Well, unless you work in a clock store or…
Legeros - 12/31/07 - 11:28

Henry P, you’re correct, it was 2000.
Silver - 12/31/07 - 17:52

Yea my bad,don’t know why I put 2001…..What a night it was on EMS13 :)
Jim Kay - 12/31/07 - 19:15

...it took only three days.
Legeros - 01/02/08 - 21:24

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