Let me begin by apologizing to my friends in the northeast who are being hammered by near record-breaking snowfall. I know that our small amount of snow would not even be an annoyance to you. I’ve seen the pictures and videos of your Winterfest 2015! You have my respect and sympathy.
When you are raised in the Bayou State, snow is not on your weather radar. When snow is predicted; we try not to get our hopes up, because we know it will end in disappointment. Snow goes north of us; across Arkansas. The weather map will show blue clouds indicating snow is heading straight for us, then it dissipates or turns. We watch the neighboring areas being blanketed with the white stuff. The local news always shows those lucky kids racing down hills on makeshift sleds and having snowball fights. Oh, how we yearn for just a little bit of it.
This past weekend, the weatherman called for a winter weather event. Yeah, right. Ho, hum. It was 70 degrees on Saturday! Well, I’ll have you know that on Sunday evening it began to sleet. Our city is not one to take chances so the schools closed, the government offices closed, and the news media tells us to stay off the streets. We simply cannot drive in ice or snow. I don’t know a single person that owns snow tires or chains. Nobody has a snow shovel unless it was brought with them when they moved from the north. I’ve never seen one before.
Ice is something we know. An ice storm will pass through and cause havoc with our power lines and trees every few years. When the news said “snow for Wednesday,” we really began to let ourselves believe. Kinda…sorta. I mean they were right about the ice. We woke up early just in case. Then, it happened. Huge snowflakes started falling and in a matter of minutes, we had our snow! It was beautiful and we were thrilled.
The funny thing about people that rarely get snow is how it turns them into kids again. We saw adults having snowball fights and I can’t count the number of snowmen! I tell my northern friends that their photos have more snow in them than I’ve seen in my entire life. To make sure I was not exaggerating, I looked to see how much snow I have experienced since I moved here in the early sixties. It is a total of 24.4” with the largest 24-hour snowfall being 5.6”. Yesterday, we received 3.1” in only three hours! It was truly our Bayou Blizzard.
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