Monday, January 10, 2011

Wilmington - Winter Wonderland or Snowy Mess?

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I miss snow. Living at the beach, we don't see it much and it's an even when we do, everyone down here in Wilmington panics and they forget how to drive and they buy all the bread, milk and toilet paper at Harris Teeter. The road crews down here are always caught off guard by snow, they don't really have much equipment or many supplies (or really much experience) dealing with it, so an inch of snow will shut down the county for a day. Usually the threat of an inch of snow is enough to have the school board declare a snow day.

Yesterday, Sunday, was one such day. At 3 p.m. a note appeared at the top of the screen. "School Canceled - New Hanover County." I laughed. Lauren laughed. The forecast was for snow and a "wintery mix" and every time the weather man has made this same forecast, the school board closes school and the public panics.

This morning it was cold, but clear. About a half hour after I got up I noticed the first snowflakes. A few minutes later I looked again - the car had some snow on the top. Over the next two hours it snowed about three inches. Now there's a nice layer of sloppy, sleety, icy crap under three inches of beautiful snow. Since I work from home and Lauren was too, we took a quick walk around the block. Here are some photos.

 

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