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Raz's Comment
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Let's start a thread about this storm. Where you are, how bad it is and your take on the situation.

I am in St. Louis and it's a beautiful day so I have no clue what you guys are up against.

I think that would be interesting for students and pros alike.

Anchorman where are you ?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Well, Raz, I posted my experience in Nashville in the Snow, which was basically sitting on the freeway (1-1/2 miles in 6 hours.) When I got home to Memphis, there was a bit of snow on the ground, and today (day after) is a nice , cold, sunny day.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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I live in the Norfolk VA area, had some snow yesterday, mostly rain, very cold (for here anyway).

Over night the snow melted, rain off/on today so far. Cold (24 degrees) with possible snow later today.


Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Carneys point New Jersey here at the Flying J and not going anywhere. The highways are restricted or completely shut down and the second heavy round is currently under way. They're calling for 20-24" in this area with 35-50 mph winds.

G-Town's Comment
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Fortunately home. Got in last night about 2200. I woke this morning to about 12" of drifted snow. I am in the area where they are forecasting 30". Not returning to work until Monday morning.

Be smart and safe folks, dangerous situation.

Old School's Comment
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I just completed a return trip from Connecticut. I picked up a back-haul in Cressona, Pennsylvania that delivered to Unicoi, Tennessee. The location in Tennessee has a steep driveway that drops down into their small parking lot where you then have to get your truck turned around so that you can back into the building. I had been there several times before, so I was familiar with it. I was wondering what it would be like because they had already had a good snow there. Fifteen minutes from my destination my dispatcher calls to tell me the customer doesn't want me to deliver because the last truck they received got stuck in the snow and couldn't get up the driveway to get out, so they had to call a wrecker to get him out.

I couldn't see myself having to sit there for five or six days (this was Thursday) to wait out the blizzard - they don't work on the weekends, so I wanted to get in there and deliver so I could move on back to Louisiana for my next load. I asked if they would take me if I could get in there, and they agreed. So... well I never pass up an opportunity to get unloaded! I dropped down the steep driveway with ease, started trying to turn my truck around in their yard and soon found that there was about an inch and a half of solid ice buried down beneath the six inches of snow in the yard. Yep, I'm stuck - my drives cannot get any traction - I'm just spinning my wheels on the ice. Well, here's where preparation and planning can keep you moving. I got out my breaker bar that I use to tighten my winches on my flat-bed and started breaking up the ice in a path ahead of my tires that would help me get some traction. Then I took the five or six gallons of that purple De-icer windshield washer fluid that I had stored on my truck just for a surprise such as this and began pouring them out over the broken up ice in the projected path of my truck. I sat down in the truck for about twenty minutes and let that stuff do it's job, then I tried it again. Voila! I'm moving slowly and I finally get some traction so that I am in position now to back in the building! I get unloaded, and commandeer that rig up the hill and to the nearest truck stop since my fourteen hour clock is almost used up. My dispatcher calls me and congratulates me, telling me the woman who coordinates our shipping appointments at that location actually called him to tell him that I had made it up the hill. She apparently had been watching me from her window and was sure that I couldn't get it done!

There were two of our drivers scheduled behind me that the customer refused to allow in the yard. I was the last one to get his load delivered. Whew! Now I'm back in Louisiana where my next load leaves out today. Destination? Two stop load with first stop in Riverdale, New Jersey - second stop Charlestown, New Hampshire! Now I'm wondering how smart that was - I'm just heading right back up into the storm!


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Sunrise Driver's Comment
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In Accomac Virginia It snowed yesrerday but turned to windy rain overnight. Went on shutdwon early yeserday.

My appointment is at 9am tomorrow about 9 miles away. Picking up and going to Morrison, IL. We see how that will work out.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Sitting in Corning, CA with my feet up on the dash and reading TT while being thankful I'm not there. Cloudy with sprinkles is today's forecast.

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Awesome work OS, way to "git 'er done!"

I'm in Wyoming with a load of log home wood, on my way to Denver. Bright skies, clear roads, and some scattered patches of snow on the hills. I am hoping and praying that I don't get sent eastward after I get unloaded on Monday.

Since I'm going to be in town on Sunday, I looked into getting a ticket to the AFC championship game. The cheapest seat I could find was $200 for a nosebleed. No thanks. I think I'll just find a sports bar/grill and watch it with the locals.

Raz's Comment
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Bravo old school, your the man. Would never have thought about the purple sh#t, but I will remember that one. I hear mixed about kitty liter, what's your take on that ?

Test of you, tell the folks at home what ur doing to kill the time. How hard to find a place to **** down.

Tell these newbies what it's really like out there ?

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