I have been watching the coverage of the winter storm "Jonas" impacting the entire eastern seaboard with some amusement. I saw a woman last night during a sports update for the Carolina Panthers game, say that all cars needed to get off the roads. There was MAYBE an inch of snow on the ground, and very light snow falling. Take cover, for an inch of snow? ARRGGGGGH.
My niece, Kate, lives in Washington D.C. She texted me birthday greetings, and I texted her back asked how the snow preparations were going. She texted me back and said, "Aunt Jane, these people are going crazy. It's just a snowstorm....we will be fine". She grew up about five minutes away from us, in Minneapolis. She knows snow, learned how to drive in it, and knows that it is probably best when the snow is falling a couple inches an hour, to just stay warm, and know it will pass. In Minneapolis, the plows come by about once an hour during a storm, and major arterial roads and freeways are always running during a storm. The only issue is digging out at home, and most of us have snowblowers, and you can hear them starting up mid-storms, so the accumulation isn't so great.
The problem with these places getting snow, is that is the CITIES are unprepared, and citizens panic. They don't have the plows we have here in Minnesota. The don't have the processes we have, almost instantaneous, and continuous. In addition to plows, we also have salt trucks, to get ice off roads. Nobody would really go to the store and "stock up" here, unless they lived really remotely, and most likely, those people are already prepared. We know snow!
Kate sent me this great article, making fun of the craziness of the media and maybe some citizens in D.C., from D.C.:
I would leave my house with six inches of snow falling, and drive through it, without a thought. If you drive slowly, snow is not a big deal. It's panic that screws everything up. Minnesotans have this kind of snow event happen a lot of times in our lives, and usually it is about 30 degrees colder than it is this weekend in D.C.
I have also lost electricity way more than 20 times in storms. Again, we are all prepared. We have lanterns, we have flashlights, and we don't open the fridge or freezer until the lights go back on. The only issue is the furnaces, so the electric company has an automated system, and tries to get lights back on within a couple of hours, and keep us updated.
My darling Daughter and I talked last night at dinner, and we figured out, that she had TWO snow days (day off from school, because the buses and teachers cannot get to school, or it is below -20 air temperature) from kindergarten through high school.
Good luck you pioneers!! Stay home and do not panic. This will be over by tomorrow morning.
On another note, I am so incredibly humbled by all the kind comments left for me yesterday, on my birthday blog. I had a great day, made even better by all you wonderful and treasured Sparkfriends and fellow Sparkers. I appreciate your awesome comments so very much.
I am feeling as good as I am because of all of your support. I couldn't possibly be more grateful for every single one of you.
Spark on/snow on.