Parts of Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia appear to be headed for the first significant snow event of 2013.
We just got word from the Emergency Management Agency in DeKalb County, Alabama, predicting there will be between 2-6 inches of accumulation. Schools are letting out early today so kids have plenty of time to get home, especially in the mountainous areas where heavier snow is possible.
Folks up north think it is pretty amusing how Southerners get all bent out of shape over a few inches of the white stuff, but it rarely accumulates down here in the Tennessee Valley. We lack the snow plows to clear the roads, and daytime temperatures usually rise to the point where all of those flakes melt into a mushy mess that hardens into a slick,icy hazard once night falls again.
It’s okay. The Yankees can roll their eyes when we scramble to the grocery store for milk and bread upon the slightest hint of a snowflake. We roll our eyes right back at them when they gripe about the humidity during the summertime.
So many seasons it doesn’t even snow until the edge of spring. Last winter brought mild temperatures, but in 2010, we saw more snow here in Fort Payne, Alabama I’d seen collectively in my 40 years of breathing.
We hope everyone enjoys the snow (assuming it actually comes). Be careful and don’t overexert yourselves. If you don’t have to get out on the road, stay indoors and pretend it is a white Christmas.
Update: That was underwhelming. It appears that most of the snow actually fell across central rather than northern Alabama. So, if you got any, hope you enjoyed.