Here’s a hugely entertaining video, in the best “glad that wasn’t me” sense, of cars sliding down an ice-covered street yesterday in Portland’s Goose Hollow neighborhood. (Thanks to Blue Oregon for the link from Seattle’s KING-5).
Videos like this should put to rest the fiction that Oregonians are snow weenies. True, on the west side of the Cascades we usually get snowfalls that would be greeted with a yawn in Chicago, Minneapolis, or Denver.
But there’s a big difference in slipperiness between cold dry snow and snow that falls around the freezing mark—especially when freezing rain precedes the white stuff. Plus, we’ve got hills here.
Combine ice with a sloping street, add a car, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster, no matter how good a driver you are. (Interestingly, though, the last car shown in the video navigates a turn just fine. It looks like a high-end BMW to me. Sophisticated traction control and snow tires makes a big difference on ice.)