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Icon10 "Epic" "Snowstorm of the century"

Here are the photos I took during the December 8th-9th snowstorm here in Ames, Iowa.
Most of the state was shut down today and the winds are now blowing near 50 MPH.

Many parts of the Interstate and Highway systems are closed because of drifting.
The Iowa DOT pulled the plows off of some roads because of dangerous conditions.
This was the biggest one day snowfall in December in Iowa since 1888.

Anyways, here are my pics.
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Wed. Morning when the winds had picked up.
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Well, thats all. One thing I know is it's not going to be fun digging out here today and tomorrow.
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why is your truck sitting there and not being driven around?? atleast if you were driving it around you wouldn be stuck like you are now.....
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I had nowhere I needed to go, and didn't see a reason to put myself in danger. Everywhere in town is pretty much shut down.
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That's quite the dump of snow.

We started to get a bit of that last night, but now we're in full swing of the storm right now. If we get the full amount of snow Environment Canada is predicting, it'll only be around 12 inches at the most. Nothing to write home about, but enough to bring out all the retarded drivers!!
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That's quite the dump of snow.

We started to get a bit of that last night, but now we're in full swing of the storm right now. If we get the full amount of snow Environment Canada is predicting, it'll only be around 12 inches at the most. Nothing to write home about, but enough to bring out all the retarded drivers!!
Yeah, we got around a foot, or a little more... but that is a ton for Iowa in one dump. The winds are causing the biggest of the problems now.
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ah I wish that was the record amount around where i am right now... I went to college at SUNY Oswego... I was there when we got the like 9 feet in 36 hours. It was declared a state of emergency, and the national guard was sent in to start removing the snow in dump trucks! I came out from college to do my parents driveway... and the snow was over the roof of my ranger at the end of the driveway... over my head even when I stood on the tube steps!

Nothing like climbing a mountain of snow to snowblow a driveway.... I like the snow though, its nice to know I can drive in it and other cant :) I get places with less anger!
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The national guard has been out all day today rescuing stranded motorists on the interstates, because they don't heed warnings that they shouldn't be traveling in the first place.
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yeah thats heading our way, they say it will be here by this afternoon. doesnt look too bad though but i hate blowing snow! lol
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i would be driving everywhere. make some monies pulling people out if ya can lol.
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i would be driving everywhere. make some monies pulling people out if ya can lol.
The city only has 10 plows, so they called in the area farmers with their tractors to plow... and I am sure they pull people out.
There is lots of ice under this because it snowed Sunday night too, and they never touched that. I would just spin my tires if I tried to pull people out.
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wow, this is a lifestyle I have never experienced. I grew up on the coast where there was no snow, and have lived upstated for 3 years where it snows generally a few inches one day a year in January, and everything shuts down.

I would love to experience snow like that some day as a part of daily life, but it sounds like it a huge pain.
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It is a pain, but its really nice to get a snow day.

Iowa State University usually only closes because the city bus that thousands of students (including myself) ride can't run. But they cant even keep the roads on campus clear, and the drifts block doorways on campus.
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i would be driving everywhere. make some monies pulling people out if ya can lol.
that reminds me i need to throw my strap in my F-150 tonight! i remember when i was a kid my dad and i would ride around in his old plow rig and pull people out of ditches and such, it was fun
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yea my wife called into work last night because me and her commute about 40 miles one way she will probably get to call in again today since she works at 2 pm i work at 10 pm and im hoping that the roads arent cleared enough for me to make it in
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yea my wife called into work last night because me and her commute about 40 miles one way she will probably get to call in again today since she works at 2 pm i work at 10 pm and im hoping that the roads arent cleared enough for me to make it in
Yeah, if you drive thru rural areas, be safe and call in. The winds are drifting everything really bad.

Make sure you check the road conditions too:
http://www.iowaroadconditions.org
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sweet, it just started here
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Just got some shots of the tractors. LOL

Never seen this before.

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Man you're lucky.. I wish we had a dump like that around here soon!!! I love driving in that crap!!
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i wish we got snow, we were supposed to get 6" over night (not much but its still snow!) and we got like 1-2. let down! i love the snow haha.
haha i saw your very first pic after i read it was worst snowfall since 1888 and thought to myself 'thats it? there was barely a dusting...lol' then i scrolled down and silly me...
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Awesome, wish I could get some of that
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i wish we got snow, we were supposed to get 6" over night (not much but its still snow!) and we got like 1-2. let down! i love the snow haha.
haha i saw your very first pic after i read it was worst snowfall since 1888 and thought to myself 'thats it? there was barely a dusting...lol' then i scrolled down and silly me...
Haha, I started taking pics early to show how it changed.

I forgot to mention this is the first snow of the season, aside from the inch we got on Sunday, which I consider part of this storm because it didn't get cleaned up.
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i got about 2 inchs of snow in rhode island and now it raining and worst part is my 4x4 was not working i got it working repalced one of my hups it the crap no wit time to have fun
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So, you got 2ft of global warming...what is the official total? It rained here, temp is in the 60's today.
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Official totals are around 15".

I drove my little ranger right on out of the plowed in crap in 4x4 LOW. Worked perfectly.
I think my neighbors were surprised that it just drove right out.

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And my neighbors helped with the very end of the driveway because it was about 2 - 2 1/2 feet of heavy plowed snow.
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haha wow! that storm is here right now, 50 mph winds, but right now no snow, but they said their might not even be a significant accumulation
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