A Dusting of Snow: Because when you live in a city In The South, somehow an inch of snow can incapacitate an entire city.
Somewhere in the world, pigs are flying. Not here though. It’s too damn cold.
We have snow in southern Texas… again – the third time in 7.5 years I have lived here that it has stuck to the ground.
This time – thanks to insanely cold weather (for this area) that has taxed the unprepared Texas power grid beyond its capacity – it actually stuck to the pavement.
An entire inch of it – at least at my house.
So what does this mean for my city?
Closings: lots of them.
All schools? Closed. Even the universities.
Government offices? Closed. They just don’t have enough days off.
Any road with a steep hill? Closed.
Some exits, bridges, and ridiculously high curvy interchanges? Closed.
As one who moved here from the frigid Canada-Is-Warmer-Than-Here-State – also known as Iowa – it completely baffles me how such a tiny, infinitesimal amount of snow can have such an impact.
It’s so rare that nearly every Facebook friend of mine that lives within Texas now has photos of the freakish white stuff on their Wall.
After my eighth winter here, I have drawn some conclusions:
- Southern cities are jealous of the snow days their northern counterparts receive.
- Therefore, they purposefully design the city with sharp curves, elevated highways, and refuse to chemically pre-treat the roads during the rare Snow Is Coming! events.
- They firmly believe sanding roads solves all issues.
- All it takes is the threat of snow to cancel anything school related – not so much for dangerous road conditions, but so children are not forced to miss the potential once-in-a-lifetime event of playing in snow before it melts.
Still… my city is practically shut down after one, maybe two inches of snow.
What the frak, y’all?!
What has made you go “what the frak?” today?