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                   Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 11:25AM

Missed it all - from WV to NC

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The models and I both busted today's forecast big time. As I sit here in Raleigh for a web design meetings day, a major icy road event spanning several states from the Midwest nearly to the Atlantic Ocean struck this morning, including in Charleston and Raleigh. I just talked with Tom in Charleston who confirmed several accidents on the Fort Hill/Oakwood Bridge, with hundreds of slide-offs and crashes across the Huntington-Charleston corridor. Meanwhile, a burst of freezing rain in Raleigh this morning coated bridges with a layer of ice, causing more than 50 accidents across the Triangle area. I left too late to catch any of the action, but saw that nearly every bridge in northwest Raleigh (particularly 540 and 40 near the airport) had numerous wrecked cars, EMS/fire/police response and news choppers hovering overhead.

Although the web business is my main income now, it is still a major defeat to completely miss an event like this that I've been working so hard all winter to keep on top of. Last night, the models indicated that precip in Charleston would not arrive until midday when temperatures were well above freezing. Had they shown otherwise, I'd have postponed my Raleigh meetings and been back home by last night. Top it off that I left 20 minutes too late to catch the Raleigh event right here under my nose, and it's not been a great day for my weather coverage venture. Just an example of how letting your guard down against the weather will bite you nearly every time.

WRAL has some traffic camera video of a couple spinouts on 540 on their web site.

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