Re: new in town... how much snow do you usually get around here in the winter?
Skid Marky Mark
Date: August 08, 2006 12:32PM
We don't get that much snow here. As other posters have alluded to, though, that doesn't matter. A half inch pretty much shuts the area down. Actually, zero inches will do. All the weatherman has to say is "snow" and everybody drives to the closest grocery store to deplete it of (a) bread, (b) milk, and (c) water in exactly that order. And then they close schools for the next day "just in case." If it does snow, 49% of the folks around here will drive at exactly 15 mph with their hazard lights on, another 49% drive just like they always do (tailgating, speeding, not looking, yakking on phones, driving SUVs as though they're protected by invisible shields), and the remaining 2% know how to drive, but don't want to deal with the morons. Also, it takes only a 1/16" covering of snow before the SUVs start sliding off the roads, into trees and exploding. The entire area is covered in a dense smoke created from burning SUVs, their soccer mom occupants slowly roasting to death because they can't figure out what to do first: end their cell phone call, unbuckle themselves, or yell at Hunter and Ashleigh to quit screaming. This is basically true of rain. At the first drop, people slam on their brakes and start gazing skyward, amazed that water is actually falling out of the sky. At least this time, as the SUVs explode when they slam into the car in front of them, the rain tends to keep a damper on the smoke.
Virginia has enacted a few laws to try to make things easier during inclement weather. If the car in front of you is driving less than 20 mph in a light rain, or greater than 70 mph on a snow/ice cover road AND has a Maryland or DC plate, you are legally allowed to yank the driver out and beat them to death with a tire iron. Diplomatic plates are exempt for this, although you are allowed to fire a warning shot across their hood.
Hope this helps! Welcome to Virginia.