It’s About to Get Bad Out There

About once a winter we get a decent amount of winter weather—and by decent I mean an inch, half an inch, a quarter of an inch, a dusting, sometimes snow, but often times, ice. Just ice. Straight liquid precipitation turned frozen reaper of power lines and tree limbs. Usually that winter weather comes in early to mid February, but every once in a while, we get it earlier: mid to late December or early January; that is what’s happening.

This weekend we are set to get hit by Winter Storm Helena, a storm that has blanketed and will continue to blanket various parts of the nation in winter, but will more than likely drop on us little more than a baby powder dusting.

It’s something though!

We aren’t ones to receive winter weather in the south.  And when we do, we shut down out of just pure excitement: our stores, our schools, our businesses, our minds and rational thought processes—and what’s left behind, though barely iced over, looks more akin to a fun-wrought, nuclear winter wasteland than I imagine a city with 10 times the snow.

It’s a sight to behold, that’s for sure. Time will tell though how this weekend will turn out. Will the south endure? Or will I fail to live to see my 25th birthday, lost beneath a layer of snow, half an inch thick?  We’ll see.

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Side Note: We’re About to Get Some Snow!

That title may be misleading. Perhaps what I should have said is: “We may be about to get some semblance of a snowy, freezing, slushy abomination that may possibly be the closest thing to snow we have this year.”  

That seems more right.  Righter? More correct?

English…

As the north is preparing for the blizzard of the year, expecting somewhere between a foot or two of snow, we are gearing up for our yearly frozen mess, as is consistent with the south.  We don’t often get much in the way of wintry precipitation, but when we do it’s often frozen, often messy, rarely pretty, and fairly dangerous–dangerous because not only is our area not terribly equipped to deal with winter weather, the people who drive in it are a hazard in and of themselves.  That’s what makes winter dangerous in the south.  That’s what makes any day in South Carolina dangerous: the drivers.

We’ll see how it goes though.  It’s supposed to start tomorrow night, we’re looking at a couple of inches of snow and a half an inch or so of ice.

Pray for our souls.  We may not make it out alive.