Friday, January 6, 2017

Snow And The South

I've lived in WNC for nearly 12 years after living in the Land of Snow and Ice (aka Michigan) for my whole life. And it still boggles my mind how people act when there is just snow in the forecast!

I do admit that when it start snowing, I stay off the roads. Last year, we got snowed in for several days because there are simply not enough plows / salt trucks to clear all the roads in a quick fashion. A little bit of snow can shut things down.

But it's not suppose to start snowing until this afternoon at the earliest. Last forecast I saw had it starting at 8 pm tonight. Right now, it's cloudy and grey, but nothing falling from the sky.

Yesterday, I went to Walmart. My main goal was to pick up a prescription, but the line for the pharmacy was super long and I knew that I wouldn't make it to the front in time because I had to be home before Emily got home from school.

So I ended up just buying bread and milk. It was stuff I needed but it was funny because when there is snow a-coming, people in the South stock up on bread and milk.

The parking lot at Walmart was crazy. People seemed to have forgotten normal parking lot behavior. I ended up pulling forward into a spot and I thought a lady was going to shank me because she had wanted that spot.

Trying to get out was just as tricky. People were going way too fast and not paying attention to where they were going. It was just crazy and that was yesterday - at least 24 hours before it was even maybe suppose to snow.

For everyone in the South who might get hit by frozen water coming out of the sky, remember be calm. Snow can't hurt you but slamming your car into someone in a parking lot might!


  1. I think it's some kind of residual memory. Towns in the south are spread out enough that if you can't get out for a few days, staples like bread and milk will run out and you can't get more until things clear up (my rule of thumb was 1"/1 day) because it's too far to walk. And since snow is enough of a rarity that it makes more sense to budget for things like hurricanes, there aren't snowplows and other snow removal equipment to clear it up quickly. Add in the likelihood of getting ice instead of snow, with all of its attendant 'fun' of power outages, etc and it's a bit easier to see why Southerners freak out a bit.

    1. Oh, I understand the need to stock up - though milk might not be the best thing especially if the power goes out.

      But it's never a good idea to get into a car accident when you are freaked out by snow that hasn't even started yet.