There's panic in the streets of Pace tonight. And in Pea Ridge and Pensacola too. The news media is throwing around the four letter word that strikes fear in the hearts of Southerners....
That's right, folks...our corner of the Sunshine State is under a Winter Storm Warning and the weatherman is predicting snow. Well, technically he said we could get rain, freezing rain, sleet or snow but Southern ears only hear one thing: S-N-O-W!!!!
Wait, let me correct that....they hear the other four-letter word too: E.Y.C.E!!!! Let me interpret for those of you who don't speak Southern; that would be ice in a Northern dialect but we Southerners tend to place particular emphasis on that long i sound making it almost a syllable of it's own. And you aren't fooling me; I can hear all of you letting the word eyce roll off your tongue like a bunch of wannabe Southerners.
Precipitation in whatever form shows up plus temperatures at and below 32 degrees means there might be a little of the slippery stuff forming on the bridges and overpasses. Hence, the panic. And while the natives here are excited to see snow, they only want to interact with it in their own backyard. No driving in it, no going to work in it and heaven forbid we send the children to school in it. School is cancelled for two days; state and county offices are closed for two days, and events are being postponed right and left.All because of the possibility of snow. It's a decision they made today, more than 24 hours before the sketchy weather is due to arrive. Obviously the people in charge have short memories. I've heard these same meteorologist make weather predictions before. Believe me, they're wrong as often as they are right.
In fairness, however, I suppose it's better to err on the side of caution. There are a whole lot of people living here who've never even seen snow let alone driven in it. Give 'em a rip-roaring thunderstorm with rain coming down in buckets and lightning dancing all around and they're good to go. But snow and ice? Not so much. And we don't have the road equipment to deal with it. No salt or trucks to spread it...we just don't need it. Our local news telecast is filled with stories of what to do and not do when driving on snow and/or ice. While I grew up driving in those conditions, I think I'll stay off the roads so I don't have to encounter those who got their education via a thirty-second clip on the television screen.
It does seem like they're going a bit overboard though for what is expected to be less than an inch of snow. Those of you who experience wintry weather for months at a time every year must be getting a good chuckle out of this. Heck, we are too.
The Arnall homestead is right about where the "M" is in Milton in the map above so if there's snow to be had, we should get some. We're ready. We still have the snow shovel we brought from Kansas when we moved here 36 years ago. It's been used lots of times...as a giant dustpan. Maybe it will finally see some of the white stuff again. There's no panic at our house; we'll believe it when we see it.