Help with a silly weather question

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Help with a silly weather question

I know some of you live in Canada and you are going to laugh at me.

It's 8 now. Snowing. Probably an inch, but I am still upstairs so it's hard to really tell. Checking the weather (which I know is notoriously wrong) it's supopsed to snow until 1 ish and then taper off into freezing rain. Grand total of 3-5 inches.

We have a bday party to go to from 11-1. It's about a half hour drive (without snow) away. I seriously dobut a plow will be to my street any time soon, though they may get the main roads.

What would you do?

(I'm never was a chicken about driving in the snow but I have become MUCH more chicken-like since Miles was born).

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First of all it definitely depends on how comfortable you are driving in cold weather conditions. I will pretty much drive in anything but I know how to handle the car when it starts to slide without get nervous or panicky. That's really key when the roads are going to be icy. Do you have snow tires? Do you handle icy driving well or does it make you very uncomfortable? I would personally wait and see what the conditions are like closer to the time. If there actually is 3-5 inches of accumulation plus ice on top by that time and you don't feel 100% comfortable to drive that far then make the decision then. If the weather is unsafe I'm sure the family will understand if you have to cancel.

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Yup, I agree with Arty.. I think it also depends on what you drive. We were supposed to get 3-5 and I bet we got 1 1/2.. I don't know about the ice because I haven't been out yet.

Personally if the roads were ok to drive on to get there I'd go and if the weather got dramatically worse or you started to get uncomfy I'd probably leave early. But that depends on how comfortable you are in snow.

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I misread that the first time. I see now that the freezing rain is upposed to start at the end of the party time. So like Kerri said, you could leave early before the freezing rain is supposed to start.

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That's a good idea Kerri!

I'm not so worried about now, I'm more worried about later, I guess. So maybe we will just have to leave early.

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Were trying to decide if we should go to Pittsburgh to pick up DH's bow. We got maybe an inch of snow, but got ice on top. According to the road maps the highways are fine.. We'd be dropping the kids off at grandma and granddads and itd just be the two of us.

Good luck!

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We live in snow and ice for a quarter of the year and I would never laugh at you; when dealing with snow and freezing rain, even when you are accustomed to it, you sometimes have to make a judgement call and cancel or leave early. DH has been driving in winter for years, yet we had to bow out of his office Christmas party this year due to freezing rain. Even if he felt that he could manage the drive himself, having three kids in the car made it a different matter. And, like you, we were more concerned about the return trip. It just wasn't worth the risk in that case. I hope the weather holds out long enough for you to go...Good luck!

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We went in an ice storm once to Fort Worth, TX. It had iced most of the way home in the TX part. We would have stayed had it not been for my uncle passing away. DH drove, we had 4 wheel drive, but along the interstate on the way home there were semi after semi, jack knifed, flipped, or just off the road. It was really really scary. I would not have driven if it was just me....

Snow i am more comfortable driving on, but it also depends on how sure you are about yourself and just watch out for that one or two idiots who dont.

I am more comfortable driving in snow with my 4 wheel drive. I doubt that I would get out in it if I didnt have to go feed the livestock, but I do tend to hibernate in the wintertime.....

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We ended up going though I made G drive us. It was really fun and I'm glad we went!

Thanks for the advice.

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Glad you had fun and made it there and back safely!