- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The suddenness of the storm caught Caitlin Palmieri off guard.

This is the third winter in Raleigh for the 26-year-old from Clinton, N.Y., and she said this is the first winter where she’s seen the snow stick and look as if it will hang around for more than overnight.

Palmieri, who works at Ornamentea, a bead store in downtown Raleigh, said about a half-inch of snow was on the road when she left work not long after eating lunch. A co-worker who headed home ahead of her had called back to advise Palmieri to get home as soon as possible.

“I pulled out of the parking lot, and I could feel my wheels spinning immediately,” she said.

Palmieri decided she wouldn’t make it up the hill that’s part of her usual route home so she went another direction in her Volvo convertible with tires that “are not that great right now.” She got about two blocks before her car was stuck. Two men helped her park her car and she hoofed it back to Ornamentea.

“It seemed like every other car was getting stuck, fishtailing, trying to move forward,” she said.

In upstate New York, people have plows on their pick-up trucks, she said, and roads get lots of salt. “We don’t get snow (in Raleigh) like we get up North,” she said. “It’s just not necessary to have plows here for the two times that it snows.”

She wasn’t sure what she would do Wednesday night — maybe her boyfriend would get home, or she might walk home with the owner of Ornamentea, who lives nearby.

“The last storm we were supposed to get, I was more prepared, and then it wasn’t that bad,” she siad. “This time, I think I was hoping it wouldn’t happen, like last time. I didn’t know it would happen that fast.”