Across the country, winter is now in full swing. Temperatures have dropped and snow is falling everywhere. And here in my state (Alabama) it’s no different.
This winter is been kind of weird. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New year’s weekend were all pretty warm…warm enough for short sleeves. Cold days have been sprinkled in here and there, but it hasn’t been very cold really. That’s not really all that unusual for us, though having it so warm on those holidays is.
This weekend, everything changed. Starting about mid-week last week, we started to hear that this weekend would see us having a winter storm. There were warnings that there would be snow and ice, and we were to be prepared for frigid temps.
Yesterday it rained all day. By mid-day to early afternoon, the temperature hadn’t gotten above 36C. I and a few of my coworkers left work early instead of waiting to drive home in the dark. We thought that it would probably be pretty icy on the roads by our regular quitting time. Honestly, a lot of Southerners do start acting and driving crazy when it gets icy and snowy, and I sure didn’t want to have to deal with that.
It’s become kind of a joke about Southerners and this kind of weather. It really is partly true. Since we don’t have a lot of experience with snow and ice, a lot of us just don’t know how to handle it. I mean, we get snow every 5-10 years…closer to the 10 year mark. Yes, some of us do freak out a bit.
Thankfully we don’t have to deal with that right now. When I got up this morning, the clouds were almost gone…the sun’s shining now. There’s not really even any ice on the ground and I think our weather forecast has us without any precipitation for the rest of the weekend.
But, man, is it cold!!