Nothing gets Memphis riled up like the prospect of inclement winter weather. Even the slightest chance of snow in the forecast works folks into a frenzy. Sunday night’s Winter Storm Watch cleaned out entire aisles at Walmart as people scrambled to stockpile supplies before hunkering down as the temperature rapidly dropped.
Spoiler: the snowmaggedon winter apocalypse consistently underwhelms.
Witnessing the spectacle leaves me amused and baffled. Getting sucked into the polar vortex is hard to resist when it’s all over every local news channel and saturating your Facebook feed. These reactions would be perfectly understandable if we lived in New York or Minnesota– one of those places where blizzards dump five feet of snow. So why is the response so disproportionate to the reality?! Memphis typically gets one single snow day once a year. ‘Snow’ in 901 lingo is not something powdery and fluffy; it’s mainly ice and slush with a few flurries stuck to the top.Schools were cancelled today. The public schoolers [such as Adam] were already off because of President’s Day but I’m sure the private schools and college kids are loving their snow day. What a bummer to think that your yearly reprieve occurs on a holiday, poor SCS students. Getting a snow day as an adult just doesn’t have the same appeal.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,