I live in the mid- Atlantic which just got hammered this week with snow. I am all about getting into work, I have a 4 wheel drive, there are some times I stay in a hotel in town (I live about 30 minutes from my job) so I don't have to worry about getting in. I live in a townhouse complex and my next door neighbor has a snow blower and I have never had trouble digging out (we all help each other). Yesterday I got up an hour early than normal (our clinics were delayed 2 hours) to dig out my car etc. My neighbor was planning to get up a couple of times during the night to use the snow blower around our cars, side walks etc. We had it all planned so we could get into work on time. Well, unfortunately, the snow blower broke during his first trip out and my car (despite the 4 wheel drive) was snow plowed in from the one pass it took during the night around our parking lot. Took us 3 hours to get it out. I was scheduled to work in one of our satellite clinics which is kind of in the middle of nowhere so I could not have stayed close by if I wanted to and since it is a free standing clinic I could not spend the night there. I initially thought (after more than an hour) we were not going to get my car out at all so I did call in. But I have some wonderful, manly, very persistant neighbors that were very determined to get my car out and we eventually did. But if they had not been so willing to help me and been so persistant, I would have been stuck despite my planning ahead etc. So, the bottom line is, sometimes things happen and despite even the best laid plans and efforts, sometimes you just cannot get in!!! I was shocked to see the amount of trouble we had b/c it has NEVER been an issue before. When I went to bed, they were predicting 8-10 inches, we got 15-16 in about 6 hours and the plows could not keep up. Initilly we all thought I could just drive through the drift my car was in but there was so much ice at the bottom b/c it had changed from rain to snow so quick that it kept skidding. So I think you need to plan ahead, make a true effort but don't beat yourself up if the unthinkable happens. Even after I called in, I kept trying and I was able to get in eventually, just an hour late but if my neighbor's had not helped me I would have been stuck. There is definitely a difference between not even trying and calling out when you live 10 minutes away and what happened to me yesterday. I just don't think we should make a blanket statement that you should get in period and all it takes is planning ahead and 4 wheel drive. If someone had asked me before yesterday, I would have said you always should get in, whatever it takes. But sometimes the unthinkable happens. There was no way I could have planned around what happened to me yesterday. Luckily, I have understanding coworkers and if I had not been able to make it in I would have been fine because they know I never make excuses for the weather.