Today I left for work and it was just below freezing and starting to rain. Not bad, I thought, I will make it to work before the roads get too bad and by the time I get off the sand trucks should have been out 'fixing' the ice. Wrong.
I had been driving, on wet streets for about 15 minutes and I noticed that the temps had dropped within minutes to 16 degrees and still heading down. Over the space of a few minutes the black, wet streets turned grey and then white as the water froze. It was like being in the special effects segment of a disaster movie. Unbelievable. Fortunately traffic slowed to a crawl. I pulled into a side street and opened my door to see what was going on with the ground. Solid, smooth ice, too hard to chip with my boot heel. The roads had been wet just minutes before. I could push my car sideways with one foot sticking out the door.
I called work, told them I wasn't coming in, turned around and crawled home. Traffic moving at about 2mph, everybody freaked out. I don't think I am going out today. I would like to go and check on Nina, but it is 17 miles through town. Unless they just pave the roads with sand this afternoon, I will stay home.