Enough With The Winter!

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Villain's Comment
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First off thank you. I made it to Laramie, WY from Boise. I80 was challenging today. Thanks to your posts even though I was a little apprehensive, I made it through. After reading that Jakes & CC shouldn't be used in heavy rain (at least by a rookie like me) I made it a point to practice on manual during training. It paid off today. I went from rain to sleet to a few minutes of snow and back again but the one constant was the wet road.

So, all the electronic signs kept flashing that Winter Storm Conditions will be in effect until tomorrow. I was planning on leaving at about 2am. When I get up & ready for my shift what are the things I should be looking for to help me make the decision on whether its right to drive or not?

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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And here's that culture shock Rainy was talking about... Topped out at around 86 today here in Cleveland. Hard to imagine that weather over in Laramie. But this post has me re-checking my packing list again. (Probably even more interesting for Villain to be hanging out in that weather, lol.)

Also remember reading in the High Road CDL Training Program that Jakes, etc., shouldn't be relied on too much in rain and/or ice conditions. But going low gear seems like it might be a challenge in an automatic (which is what CRST runs) during these conditions.

Very interested in replies to Villain's inquiry about weather discretion...

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Villain's Comment
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I just received the following Severe Weather Alert:

SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 7500 FEET WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 12 to 15 inches, with locally higher amounts near 18 inches, are expected.

* WHERE...South Laramie Range between Laramie and Cheyenne. This includes Interstate 80 between mile markers 315 and 345.

* WHEN...Until noon MDT Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions. Expect significant reductions in visibility at times. Recommended actions. A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

I wish I had more hours so that I could run in front of this system. I'm supposed to be in Carlisle, PA by Saturday.

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Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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I wish I had more hours so that I could run in front of this system. I'm supposed to be in Carlisle, PA by Saturday.

Whatever the right answer is, just keep it safe, brother. Hoping to cross paths with ya out there one day.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Join me in Miami! Finishing up another three drop forklift load in the morning. Beautiful and sunny.

Villain's Comment
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I am from West Palm Beach about 65 miles North of Miami. I used to send pictures to my friends up North of me in January in shorts & a t-shirt.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Absolutely wearing shorts ( when I'm not driving, sandals)

Villain's Comment
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So I've decided that starting at 2AM is not gonna happen. Just got a call from the boss. Really glad to hear him say it's all about safety & if I don't feel safe then to wait. So I'm going to wait for daylight. Just found the 511 phone number so I will be using that as the starting point for deciding. Thing is, I've been on the job for just 8 days, worried about not driving when I could.

Susan D. 's Comment
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In inclement (freezing) weather, I always wait for daylight. Easier to see any potential ice and the sun and other traffic helps melt it. Beware of freezing fog.

Villain's Comment
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Beware of freezing fog.

Freezing to my windshield?

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