Temps were in the 40s yesterday here in Minnesota. It caused a lot of melting, and then when the temps went back to normal it caused a lot of freezing and has effectively turned the street in front of Supergenius HQ into a skating rink. Neither Ruby or I can skate very well.
I tried to leave yesterday in Ruby and spent 15 minutes going down and then trying to get back up the driveway. It was not pretty. I am not exactly sure what to do about this situation. I’m also wondering if it’s too early to worry about how I am going to get out of the driveway to get to work on Monday.
(notice how nicely the pine trees reflect on the shiny ice).
Hey, they do have studded snow tires and bags of salt or sand in Minnesota, don’t they?
I have been salting it for two days and haven’t gotten very far.
I do, however, have to investigate this whole “snow tires” business.
If you’ve got a bag of rock salt for your water softener in the basement, start dumping it on the street…or at least that’s what I’d do. Don’t feel too bad: I’m stuck parking on the side of the road a.k.a. the place where the plows push all of the snow. I feel your pain.
Short of getting snow tires, you could get a set of tire chains relatively cheaply. There’s a few sets on CL right now – http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/pts/965324536.html
Get some sand/salt/fireplace ash on your driveway ASAP… if there’s any sun tomorrow it’ll help melt the ice.
I’ve heard the Blizzack WS-60’s and REVO 1’s are decent winter snow/ice tires. I’m using a set of WS-50’s and they aren’t so hot on ice, but do great on packed snow.
Oh, and studded tires aren’t legal in MN. Just talked to a cashier at Harbor Freight that had to go to court after getting caught running studs on his car.
Wow, it’s true. No studded tires in a place that’s perpetually coated in ice:
Minnesota: not permitted except for nonresidents, who are subject to certain restrictions. Full-time non-resident students and nonresidents employed within Minnesota are not permitted use of studded tires regardless of vehicle registry. Rural mail carriers may use studded tires under certain conditions.
Sounds like Supergenius HQ needs a helicopter pad instead, or maybe a Snow Cat.
that;s nothin’, i once had t’ walk ‘n ice up t’ m’ knees! to school! both ways!