When it started snowing, my children had two opposite reactions. “Wow! Winter! I see winter!” said Big Guy, his eyes filling wonder. Squeaker, on the other hand, felt the same way the rest of the Eastern North Carolina felt. I could see the look of panic on his face as he pointed out the window and said, “Oh! Oh no!” I later reassured him that, no, the increased rate of snowfall did not mean we had a blizzard going on. The magic of snow fills most children with excitement, especially here in the south where it’s so rare. For adults though, it’s like experiencing Armageddon.
At the very thought of icy precipitation, schools shut down in Eastern North Carolina. We had a snow day before we even knew for sure whether the snow would stick. Of course, the kids jumped up and down for joy. And I got to sleep in, so that’s a bonus. So, what’s not magical about snow when you get to miss school and play in something cold and wet? On second thought… shiver
So, how do we ever survive snow in Eastern North Carolina? Shouldn’t we take precautions in times like these? Of course! I’ve got some tips!
How to Survive Snow in Eastern North Carolina
- Do NOT leave the house. Danger lurks beyond the driveway. You’ve heard about black ice, right? Well, I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about people who don’t know how to drive in the snow. Just stay at home. I try to do the same thing when it rains, honestly.
- Purchase all the bread and milk you possibly can (before the snow). You just never know when you’ll get the grocery store again, so you may as well clear the shelves. While you’re at it, stock up on all the water, too.
BoredBoard Games, Anyone? You know that North Carolina shuts down for at least a couple of days after a couple of inches of snow, so if it’s more than half an inch of snow, you’d better get something to do. Got kids? You know television won’t keep them occupied for long. Break out the board games, coloring books, and any other activities you’ve got!
- Bundle up. You know you’ll have to go outside eventually, and your Eastern-North-Carolina-adapted body just doesn’t adapt well to this cold weather. Put on your thermals under your clothes pants, an extra shirt, and then a coat, gloves, a scarf, and a hat. Make sure every inch of your body gets covered. Your kids will probably get mad if you try to put all that on them, but attempt to do the same with them, and see how quickly they try to take all that extra clothing off.
- Drive s-l-o-w-l-y. If you must leave the house, drive at least 10 mph under the speed limit, even if the roads look clear. Make sure you put on your emergency blinkers to indicate your slow speed limit, because the people behind you won’t get annoyed at all with your slow driving if you put on your blinkers! Slow down some more if you see snow on the side of the road.
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We must reserve the magic of snow for the children, of course. We all know the dangers of snow in Eastern North Carolina. Stay vigilant and prepare yourselves!
I know I must have missed some tips, so make sure to leave your survival in the comments.