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Snowed In

By alwaysakid

Filed under: 2001 Toyota Celica (GT - great tourer)

The last big blizzard in Minneapolis (about 2 months ago) I got stranded in downtown Minneapolis, but this time I got stranded at home, thanks in part to my employer.
I was at work Sunday, Feb. 20, and people were struggling to make it in to work. Enough so that I was worried if I could make it home again. But I didn't want to get stranded downtown again, and I knew it would cause a hardship if I was unable to make it in to work Monday. So, I went to my immediate supervisor and said, "If the company wants to put me up in a hotel I'll stay so you can be assured I'll be here at work Monday. But if not, and I don't make it home tonight, then I won't be able to make back it in to work either." He went to his boss, who said "no" even though one other employee was already staying at the hotel.
I was cool with that. I'd rather get snowed in at home anyway. So I headed home, and I was doing OK, even in my little two-wheel-drive Celica with the roads full of snow. I passed a lot of other vehicles that were stuck or had slid off the roadway, but I had no problems.
That was, until I got to my neighborhood. Then I turned down the street that led to the street I live on and it was full of way more snow than the others (apparently the plows had been out on the major arteries although it didn't look like it). I tried following a pair of ruts from a previous vehicle, but they turned off. It was downhill from there, so I thought maybe if I got enough momentum I could slide into my driveway. That worked until the car got high-centered from snow built up in front and under it.
I decided the easiest thing to do was to walk home and get the snow-blower to cut a path for my car. The snowblower broke before I got it out of the driveway.
So my wife and I returned to the car with a couple shovels and started digging. An hour later the Celica still wouldn't budge, so I returned to the garage and got a hydraulic jack to lift the car so I could shovel the snow out from under it. That did the trick. At least it enabled me to get it into the driveway and out of harm's way, barely.
It was 2 a.m. and I finally got to bed.
When I got up in the morning, I discovered the snowplow had gone down the street and burried the rear end of the car. Back to shoveling again.
That pretty much sealed the deal. I called work and told them I was unable to get in.
I finally got it freed again and the driveway shoveled (because the snowblower was still broken) but by then it was mid afternoon, way too late to go to work.
This is the first "snow day" I've had off from work as far back as I can remember. The news reports said it was the worst February snow storm on record. We got about 18 inches in a 24-hour period, and a couple more inches after that.
But it's behind me now. Only 27 days until the official start of spring.

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Shotrod64’s Profile Photo
Apr 12, 2011 at 7:46 am
I remember when we lived in MD and there was snow drifted up around our cars and we had a hyundai accent at the time. The neighbor with the 4x4 parked out where there wasn't as much and in the process blocked my van in. errr So had to dig the car out. Tried giving it the gas to knock the snow pile down and back out as it was only a little bit of snow really. It just slid right on top of the snow like a sled! So had to dig it out. Later the neighbor took his 60s chevy stepside out in the center of the cul-de-sac and did some donuts and stuff and knocked down a lot of the snow so it was easier to get out. The plows never did come to our little corner. I hate snow unless i can go to it, don't want it coming to me! lol
2TBIRDS2LINCOLNS’s Profile Photo
Feb 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm
Well we got the same storm and 18 inches of snow too that day!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful weather with us but from now on KEEP IT on your side of the border would ya? LOL

rhonda’s Profile Photo
Feb 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm
That is SSOO horrible!!! I couldn't deal with that!!! That is a TON of work!! Bring on Spring!
GoldenGirl’s Profile Photo
Feb 25, 2011 at 5:41 am
Let me get this right, you chose to move there? This is why folks migrate south. I do like some snow but oh my word! not sure I could deal with this kind on a regular basis.
LEGIONNAIRE’s Profile Photo
Feb 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Thats the one thing thats good about not having a job i can sit at the window and just watch it snow not that i like being disabled but i do plow the driveway with my john deere.
CorvairJim’s Profile Photo
Feb 24, 2011 at 12:53 am
Most cars will make it through a foot or more of snow if the driver is patient and prudent enough. Take your time and get there when you get there. Back in 1997, I made it home from work during a heavy blizzard when there was already well over a foot of snow on the ground. When I came out of work, the snow was already drifted up over the hood of the Beretta I had at the time. I dug out the front of the car enough to get a running start into the thick of it and just kept it moving. It took me nearly 1 1/2 hours to make the 7.5 mile trip that ordinarily takes me less than 15 minutes, but I made it home without incedent.
donnalove’s Profile Photo
Feb 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm
That would suck, One foot of snow here over the winter was too much!!!!
JerryandMary’s Profile Photo
Feb 23, 2011 at 9:49 am
Wow, what a situation. I have never been snowed in per say but I have traveled in some big snow. I did go 14 years straight only missing one day of work but I went to work ill several times.

Thanks for sharing,
66Chevelle’s Profile Photo
Feb 23, 2011 at 8:57 am
My guess is U R not done yet this year. I am sure it would have been worse yet had the govrnment not declared that we are in the middle of a GLOBAL WARMING CRISIS. And the money that was to be spent for plowing your street was spent for the bums(illigal aliens) who don't want to work can have air conditioning.
55Stepside’s Profile Photo
Feb 23, 2011 at 7:38 am
Man, that sounds like you had a hard time with the snow. I am glad we don't have to deal with that kind of snow here in NC. We don't usually get too much to speak of. I think the worst we have had in the past was 16 inches and that shut down the city for a couple of days. We are not prepared for that much snow. The city did the best they could to clear the major roads, but the residential areas were never touched.

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