I tried to get to work today. Yeah, that didn't happen.
I waited til 8, so I wouldn't be the first one on the roads. Figured that would help.
Not so much. Almost as soon as I left the neighborhood, I hit a big patch of ice. Only problem is, cars were stopped just past the ice.
I held my breath and gently hit the brakes. Whew!
Then I looked ahead and realized that everyone was stopped because there were cars off the road ahead of me. And the car in the oncoming lane was stopped, because she saw the ice and didn't want to try it.
Knowing that the Bankhead was the only open tunnel... and cars were backed up for miles waiting to get through... and realizing that I wasn't going anywhere right then.....I turned around and went back over the ice to get home.
Good call. Apparently the backup was 4 cars in the ditch. I didn't need to be the next one.
And one of my neighbors who thought he could make it to work now needs a new front bumper, or maybe a new car.
It's been a slippery slope kind of day....and a lot of people had trouble with it.
There were 81 ice related accidents in the city of Mobile alone this morning! Mobile fire and rescue is urging everyone to stay off the roads tonight with temperatures dropping again unless absolutely necessary.— Kym Anderson (@Kym_nbc15) January 17, 2018
People were sliding all over. One dude came within inches of hitting me. I got stuck for a few minutes but was able to maneuver around and go back home (for now). ❄⛄ #icyroads pic.twitter.com/tLhFdPsb7M— ShelbyMalia Mitchell (@ShelbyRadioChic) January 17, 2018
I think it’s too cold to go to work today.❄️❄️❄️ pic.twitter.com/JBk47n1rYU— Terra Reeves (@TerraReeves_) January 17, 2018
But wait, there's more-- or at least there COULD be. That's why schools in Mobile and Baldwin counties are closed again tomorrow.
Drivers should be aware that we will experience a similar, if not worse icy roadway condition this evening and in the morning. Again, don’t drive unless it is essential that you do so. Stay safe! https://t.co/QlG7hSQAzl— ALDOT Mobile Area (@ALDOTMobileArea) January 17, 2018
And I think this is something Shelby mentioned, about the guy who fell on his rear end getting out of his vehicle, because he wasn't wearing the right shoes for this type of weather...
As my kids used to put it, "fall down, go boom".