my commute is 18 miles and normally takes about 25 minutes. yesterday I left work as soon as it started snowing and made it home in an hour. Jordan’s commute is 7 miles and also normally takes about 25 minutes and it took him 2 hours to get home. We both left around the same time. I think we’re both very lucky though. My manager at work left at the same time I did and his 45 mile commute lasted 10 hours. A friend of mine left their car stranded on the side of the road after being hit by an ambulance and then walking the rest of the way home.
Anyways all this to say we’re fine but the city is obviously not fine. In 2011, the last time this happened, the snow came overnight. We woke up to snow so no one was at work or school. This time it came in the middle of the day. A lot of emergency plans are based on school closings so when the county schools declared early dismissal around noon or 1 all those employees were also sent out on the road at the same time. The roads were not salted ahead of time. By the time the salt trucks went out the city was already in gridlock.
I’m not really blaming anyone for what happened. This kind of thing is so rare and even when predicted doesn’t always happen like they say it will. School will get canceled and then not even one snowflake will fall. Obviously I was skeptical about yesterday, I wouldn’t have even gone to the office since I have that option. I’m glad we’re both home and safe and warm and our fridge is full of food. We might be stuck for a few days but we’re going to be fine. Many others? Not so lucky.