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Winter Woes

February 6th, 2014 at 10:47 am

Tuesday we got another blizzard. At 2:30pm it was coming down so hard I thought I better leave early from work and get home before it got worse. Bad idea!

It was nearly a white out, and the roads had not been plowed for some reason. The snow was coming down so hard you could only see a couple feet in front of the car.

Then... my wipers started freezing up. They were not wiping the snow and ice off my windshield. Within seconds my entire windshield was pure ice, and I couldn't see a thing. Then it would wipe off for a second, then go right back to ice.

I had to pull over 3 times and scrap the ice off in just a couple miles. By this point I'm starting to panic. You can't see where the road ends or begins, and my window was randomly completely freezing, I mean I could not see anything. I was driving about 10 miles an hour, and looking out my side window to try to judge the distance from where I thought the other side of the road was.

It was the scariest driving I have ever done. The last time I pulled over I started crying, and didn't know what to do. I had also forgotten all my winter clothes at home. I had on yoga pants and a light jacket, with tennis shoes. I was driving blindly, and dear Lord what if a car came. I passed a few people, but luckily my window was not frozen at those exact times.

At this point I was only a couple miles from home, I thought I could make it, I scrapped my window again and started slowly.

Then it froze again. I felt my tires hitting grass... my left tires. I realize that I was driving on the wrong side of the road, with 0 vision. I made the decision to pull farther off, I could nott tell where I was or how far to the side I was, but I did not want to get hit.

My car slid down a ditch and I got out. (In my light clothes, which were now soaked up to the knees from the snow.) My back right tire was off the ground, because I was so tilted in the ditch. I was so afraid no one would see me and I would get hit.

I called my dad, who lives just a mile away. By this time I'm uncontrollably sobbing. He came and got me, but my car was stuck tight and we had to abandoned it.

Later in the evening my dad and father in law got a big truck with a wench and managed to drag my car back on the road and got it home. I am so thankful that I did not get hit, my car was not damaged, and that they got it out without a tow truck.

Today I called the propane company again, I am down to the low 20s%. The price has went back up 40cents since last week, and now they refuse to just bring me 100 gallons, I have to get 200. I wish they would have told me that last week, when they talked me into waiting! I have no idea what I am going to do. I can not afford over $750 for a half of a tank of propane!

11 Responses to “Winter Woes”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    So glad you are safe! Heat in your home is very important. Did you get the reason you can't buy 100 gallons this week when you could last week?

  2. klarose Says:

    They said they were only offering 100 gallons last week because there was a shortage... I would say at double price, there is still a shortage! I might try to argue with them some more, but they have been more than helpful and nice when I call. So I dont want to make a big stink.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Sorry you can't get the 100 gallons. Do you think it is best to wait until you are even lower on your tank? The cold weather just keeps going on, doesn't it. Our weather station said we have had 27 mornings below zero this season and only 7 in the two previous years.

  4. Laura S. Says:

    What a terrifying driving experience! I am glad everything turned out okay. I hope you end up getting a better deal when all is said and done with the propane.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    How scary! I'm so glad you are okay!

  6. snafu Says:

    Oh my, your description of driving in a white-out is totally accurate and oh so dangerous. Please... grab two big blanket can save your life should you be stranded for an elongated time. Most important don't panic.

    Running out of heat is not an option, pipes freeze, water pipes break and really serious things happen. You can't go there. Maddening as it is, you can't gamble on weather clearing.

  7. Buendia Says:

    That is so scary! Glad you're ok!

  8. snafu Says:

    Does internet freeze too? Sorry a couple of sentences got lost in cyber space... I was trying to say, gather together a couple of large, out door type garbage bags as they can keep you dry and heat your torso when you cut out part of the bottom seam and sides for your arms, 2 bread bags for feet + elastic bands, + one to keep head warm and dry. Votive candle, matches or lighter, empty tin can, breakfast bars & bottled water. Dollar Store mitts & foil type emergency blanket. Take it to the car NOW.

  9. Petunia 100 Says:

    What a horrible experience! So glad you made it home safely.

  10. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Glad you made it home safely!

  11. Looking Forward Says:

    That sounds very, very scary! I've driven in a snow a lot and I know what you are describing when it's all white EVERYWHERE.
    Thankfully you had family near and made it home safely.

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