Spring Snow Storm Could Cause Messy M...

Spring Snow Storm Could Cause Messy Monday Commute

There are 21 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Mar 24, 2013, titled Spring Snow Storm Could Cause Messy Monday Commute. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

VDOT crews will be on the road throughout Sunday night and into Monday morning. They will be hitting the main roads first and then hope to clear as many back roads as possible by Monday morning.

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readyforspring

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Mar 24, 2013
3 inches on the walkway 3 miles south of Palmyra. Still coming down. Evergreens groaning under weight of wet sticky snow and luckily no wind.
StucknHome

Palmyra, VA

#2 Mar 24, 2013
Came home a few hours ago from C-ville to Palmyra. Saw lots of cars stuck on the roads and plenty of ice on the roads. Hoping that VDOT can clear it up before 5am.
Brilliant Again

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Mar 24, 2013
Outstanding forecasting again. A bunch of drunks could be more accurate. Heck of a mess out there and power going off in some areas. 1 to 3 my ***
Derek

Ruckersville, VA

#4 Mar 24, 2013
Snowing outside.
Justin

Aylett, VA

#5 Mar 25, 2013
Not much fun when there's no power and no water and we're snowed in.
beverly lawson

United States

#6 Mar 25, 2013
3:50am 29 Forrest lakes area is a mess. Family member tried to get out for work made it to 29 going north had to turn around and come back home.
Tex

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Mar 25, 2013
perhaps mr Myers would like to return to Chicago and take this icy mess with him
randomthoughts

Atlanta, GA

#8 Mar 25, 2013
Brilliant Again wrote:
Outstanding forecasting again. A bunch of drunks could be more accurate. Heck of a mess out there and power going off in some areas. 1 to 3 my ***
***HOLE
Just Checking

Herndon, VA

#9 Mar 25, 2013
Time to make all assault snow illegal!! We also need to ban all high capacity snow!! No person needs snow capacity over 10 cm!!! If we can save just one life it will be worth it!! We must hold all weather prognosticators liable!!
Herewegoagain

Rocky Mount, VA

#10 Mar 25, 2013
Thanks again Dumbinyun Nonpower! 3 inches of snow and no power....again. Luckily I have a generator since I know Dumbinyun's track record.50 years ago we didn't lose power this often. WHY WON'T THEY CUT THE TREES BACK?
Gru

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Mar 25, 2013
I wonder when these idiots (VDOT, utilities) are going to realize they have GOT to cut these d@mn trees back. Back from the roads, WAY back from the power lines!! Enough is enough already!!! And as usual, UVa expects us to be here -- charge $624 a year for parking ... can't even get out there and plow the lot. "Global Warming" -- what a JOKE!!!
The Count

Herndon, VA

#12 Mar 25, 2013
I'm without power again, but then again I live in Earlysville where Dominion Power does nothing. For the last ten years each time it snows or rains our power goes out; no exceptions. It has gotten to the point where we are realizing that Dominion Power is totally incompetent. The only way we get power resotred is when Pike bails Dominion out.

The saddest part is that I was in the first Gulf War and Panama operations and thos nations have better electrical service than what Dominion provides, or rather doesn't provide.
Gru

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Mar 25, 2013
The Count wrote:
I'm without power again, but then again I live in Earlysville where Dominion Power does nothing. For the last ten years each time it snows or rains our power goes out; no exceptions. It has gotten to the point where we are realizing that Dominion Power is totally incompetent. The only way we get power resotred is when Pike bails Dominion out.
The saddest part is that I was in the first Gulf War and Panama operations and thos nations have better electrical service than what Dominion provides, or rather doesn't provide.
Dominion has had, what two weeks now to get out there and cut those hideous, scrappy, dying pines just north of the airport down -- now a bunch more of them have likely fallen and dragged down the power lines. Ditto with Rappahannock. There should be AT LEAST a 100-foot right-of-way around those power lines. 25 feet is STUPID. How many trees only grow 12.5 feet tall?! Time for the State of VA to grow a set and get ON these guys about the cr@p service they provide!
Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Mar 25, 2013
The Count wrote:
I'm without power again, but then again I live in Earlysville where Dominion Power does nothing. For the last ten years each time it snows or rains our power goes out; no exceptions. It has gotten to the point where we are realizing that Dominion Power is totally incompetent. The only way we get power resotred is when Pike bails Dominion out.
The saddest part is that I was in the first Gulf War and Panama operations and thos nations have better electrical service than what Dominion provides, or rather doesn't provide.
I doubt they are "incompetent." You just have to keep in mind what they are supposed to be most competent at. It is a corporation, so its primary job in the world is produce value for its shareholders. Providing electricity is a secondary function. I would imagine that whatever work they would have to do to provide more reliable service to your area would not produce a particularly favorable return on investment.
Gru

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Mar 25, 2013
Yup -- we're out with Rappahannock now, too. We'll be out for another week. And I have to wonder which major appliance we'll lose THIS time when the power comes back on and there's a surge?! This is the thanks we get for paying our bill on time every month!! A fortune in spoiled food and gas to run the generator to try and keep SOME of it cold!!
The Count

Herndon, VA

#16 Mar 25, 2013
Gru wrote:
<quoted text> Dominion has had, what two weeks now to get out there and cut those hideous, scrappy, dying pines just north of the airport down -- now a bunch more of them have likely fallen and dragged down the power lines. Ditto with Rappahannock. There should be AT LEAST a 100-foot right-of-way around those power lines. 25 feet is STUPID. How many trees only grow 12.5 feet tall?! Time for the State of VA to grow a set and get ON these guys about the cr@p service they provide!
I agree 100%. I have about six or seven power poles on my property. All of my trees are at least 75' from the lines. I also keep it fairly clean by using a bush hog a couple of times a year to facilitate Pike getting to the poles/transformers. Notice I said Pike not Dominion.
Gru

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Mar 25, 2013
The Count wrote:
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I agree 100%. I have about six or seven power poles on my property. All of my trees are at least 75' from the lines. I also keep it fairly clean by using a bush hog a couple of times a year to facilitate Pike getting to the poles/transformers. Notice I said Pike not Dominion.
That's THINKING!!! There's a spot on 810 you can clearly see a "corridor" of trees through which the power lines are running and the trees DWARF the power poles. Stupid, stupid, stupid. We'll be out a good week, you watch. If these utilities were held accountable for the financial losses we suffer during these prolonged outages (spoiled food, gas for generators, etc.), there wouldn't be tree ONE anywhere NEAR the d@mn lines! What is the WORST is that we have no water when we lose power. Can't flush toilets; can't even wash hands after using the toilet -- it rapidly becomes a health issue.
Herewegoagain

Rocky Mount, VA

#18 Mar 25, 2013
Ironic that a certain UVA BOV rector also sits on the Dominion Board as well.
Derek

Ruckersville, VA

#19 Mar 25, 2013
Still snowing.
Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Mar 25, 2013
Gru wrote:
<quoted text>That's THINKING!!! There's a spot on 810 you can clearly see a "corridor" of trees through which the power lines are running and the trees DWARF the power poles. Stupid, stupid, stupid. We'll be out a good week, you watch. If these utilities were held accountable for the financial losses we suffer during these prolonged outages (spoiled food, gas for generators, etc.), there wouldn't be tree ONE anywhere NEAR the d@mn lines! What is the WORST is that we have no water when we lose power. Can't flush toilets; can't even wash hands after using the toilet -- it rapidly becomes a health issue.
I get that its not an easy chunk of change for many people to come up with, but if you scrounge up enough money for a portable generator and legal tie-in to your house's electrical panel you will never-ever regret it. I'm pretty broke, but if my generator died I would beg, borrow (but I guess not steal) to get another. When the power goes out and I can fire that thing up life mostly returns to normal. I can't run heat or AC with it, which can be a downer - but I can flush and wash. Normal lighting, fridge, internet, phone TV, etc. I can also heat hot water. I didn't pay attn when I bought mine (used, needed a little TLC, 5500Watt for $350) but it will run my 4500W hot water heater.(I temporarily turn off other large power draws while it heats).

Even if you're broke, if you live in a place prone to outages, just try to figure out how to get one. It makes all the difference in the world.

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