The First Snow Day of the Season
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Why is it each year on the first day of any significant snow, it seems everyone has forgotten how to drive? We’re in Ohio; this is really nothing new. Snow and ice are a way of life from mid-November through April. Slippery roads, snow plows, salt trucks, and low temperatures are status quo. I live about an hour or so south of Cleveland, so we will get a taste of the dreaded “lake effect” snow that the folks in Cleveland experience all the time. Heavy, wet snow that dumps down on us in buckets and accumulates quickly, and seems to last an eternity. We’ve been known to get blizzards with three to four feet over a few days. When we get the warning that a blizzard is coming, there is generally a mad dash to the grocery store for bread, milk, cereal, and hamburger. You can do a lot over several days with those items. Wait… why are you laughing? Doesn’t everyone do that?
Well, back to my original complaint. People who have forgotten how to handle their car in the snow since last year. The snow hasn’t changed. The road conditions haven’t changed. So what’s the big deal? Leave early, drive slow, take your time, and keep your eyes open for everyone else. Not too difficult. Yes, road conditions can be challenging. There might be ice under the snow, bridges tend to freeze before the road. That being said… take a reasonable measure of caution and you can take a safe journey wherever you might be going. Keep in mind too… wherever you’re rushing to get to, is not worth losing your life, or anyone else’s, for that matter. Relax and take your time. You’ll be fine.
So why am I complaining about the weather and driving? I should be used to it now too, right? Absolutely! I’m showing my age, but I clearly remember the “Blizzard of ’78” and the piles and piles of snow. Now, as an adult, the weather doesn’t seem as bad, especially since the weather seems to be so inconsistent all year long. The spring is filled with rain, rain, and more rain. Summer is sweltering heat. Fall seems to be about five days long and then winter arrives. Our winters have been somewhat mild. A couple of years ago, we enjoyed 60 degree days for most of the month of December. I wore Capri-length leggings with a matching lightweight jacket on Christmas eve! I want that weather back!!
All kidding aside, I realize that winter weather is part of life and most of the time I generally don’t mind. This year seems different to me though. Maybe I’m just getting older, but I have less and less tolerance for the cold. I also had a weather-related injury a few years ago, so I tend to be a little overcautious to avoid the same happening again.
I’ll leave you with this…. it seems to me that Mother Nature is suffering from menopause. So let’s go with that!
So what’s you’re weather like where you live? Do you get bad wintery weather too??