February 8th, 2015

Kevin and Lisa

Snow Dodging

Inasmuch as some of the weather forecasts showed a possibility of snow by as early as 3 PM this afternoon, we needed to get away from the Bay Area early, especially as I had a stop to make in Folsom to see my sister. We got out of Union City sometime between 8 and 9, under driving rain. I'm glad there wasn't a whole lot of traffic this rainy Sunday morning. We saw a lot of spin-out accident aftermaths, including some more serious incidents.

While heading east on I-580 through Castro Valley, and shortly after Lisa reviewed with me skid-recovery in a rear-wheel-drive vehicle like my minivan, I drove through a pool of water that I didn't even know was there until I felt the left rear start to break loose. Fortunately, I was only going about 50 MPH to start with, and when I immediately let off the throttle and kept the wheel straight, the van recovered quickly, but it was a scary moment.

We got caught behind traffic slowdowns caused by multi-vehicle accidents in South Sacramento on I-5 and just east of Auburn on I-80. We ourselves had no problems, other than we were both very tired.

Weather over Donner Summit was heavy rain, but no snow as we crossed between 3 and 4 PM. We got out ahead of the storm east of Reno, but by the time we pulled up to Fernley House, the rain caught back up to us, making unloading the van a chore. But home we are, and home I expect to stay for the next two weeks, save for trips to Reno/Sparks.