It’s been snowing off and on all day here in the metro Atlanta area. Most people will say that Southerners just do not know how to deal with snow, including some of us from the South. I won’t necessarily disagree with that. However, I’ve heard many people from other parts of the country make fun of us for basically shutting down when the first couple of flurries fall. I will admit that I can see on the surface why you would feel like we must just be incompetent when it comes to winter weather. I mean, all one has to do is look back at “Snowmaggedon 2014” and they would be scratching their heads at the craziness of so many people stranded on the highways and places no where near home.
Let me see if I can help clarify some things. First of all, lots of snow or ice is a pretty rare thing here in the South and when you crunch the numbers, it’s just maybe a weekend or two out of the season. (Funny but it does seem to be mostly on the weekends. Huh.) So they don’t really sell snow tires or chains here in the south. Nobody stocks them because it’s just not a big seller or cost effective. And for the same reason, there aren’t a lot of trucks owned by the DOT for clearing roadways here like there are in other areas. If we just got snow, that would be one thing, but it’s much harder for trucks and equipment to clear ice.
Also, apparently, winter weather here and how bad it’s going to be, is difficult to predict with accuracy. When you’ve had such warm days and the ground isn’t cold enough for a general dusting to stick then most of the time, we just don’t worry about it. What happens though is that we get snow flakes or sleet or freezing rain and then the roads get really wet and then the temperature drops faster than people were prepared for. So freezing water on the roads becomes ice. NO ONE can drive on ice! I’ve seen plenty of video footage of other areas of the country that are supposedly better equipped and routinely have snow and ice where motorists are crashing their cars and sliding all over the place, having to abandon them on the roads…so don’t tell me that only happens in the South. Ice is also a problem because of the power lines and trees. They freeze and then start dropping and we have crazy power outages.
And if you’re going to have such hazardous conditions that most people aren’t equipped for or are stumbling around in the dark because of power outages or trying to avoid downed trees and roadways…it just makes sense to close up house and hibernate for a few days. It’s nice!! It’s a cool rarity for us to slow down and maybe even have to spend time with family. I personally love when things are closed and I can sleep a little later. It’s quiet and I can put a puzzle together or read by the fire. When it sucks is when you get stuck at work, especially working in the medical field if you work in the main hospital somewhere. They can’t shut down. So you either have to stay at work, sometimes for a couple of days, or you have to brave the roads and go in anyways. Then you’re hoping that some of the patients that probably shouldn’t be driving under the best of conditions stay home altogether. lol
Those are my two cents worth anyways. Stay warm this winter! If you’re in another part of the world, reading this and it’s summer, well enjoy that and thanks for reading!!