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Be Patient Behind Plows

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See any lanes here? There are three buried under slush. (Thomson)

The only real traffic jam I've encountered was behind a train of snow plows extending across all lanes of New Hampshire Ave. Despite the very low volume of traffic, the plows created three long, trailing lines of cars.

A few cars tried to work their way around the plows by using left turn lanes. Very dangerous. The plow drivers may not be able to see them, and the car drivers might suddenly encounter much deeper slush in the turn lanes, forcing them to slow or skid.

The drivers in the lines behind the plows had to decide whether to follow the lane markers or follow the car ahead. Some did both. The problem was that the white lane dividers are often useless under these conditions. Often, you can't see them. Sometimes, they'll simply lead the drivers into a snow drift.

And the snow is drifting. It's cold and gusty and the snow continues to fall at a good pace. Roads become white shortly after a plow passes.

Watch for pedestrians walking on suburban streets. The sidewalks in many areas are impassable.

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By Robert Thomson  |  March 2, 2009; 8:41 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Weather  
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I agree with the "watch pedestrians" comment. Pedestrians need to use common sense, too. I came upon two pedestrians walking down the middle of the street (the sidewalk was clear) but they had their backs to traffic and weren't paying attention. (no danger of hitting them but I did toot my horn so they knew I was there).

Posted by: mensa58 | March 2, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

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