Wednesday, January 12, 2011

And It Began To Snow

The day after Christmas we said goodbye to my parents in Moncks Corner and began driving north to visit my husband's folks in Chesapeake, Virginia.  We were only about 30 minutes into our journey before it began to snow.  We had been hearing that it would snow this day - something highly unusual along the southern coast, mind you - but we felt years of living in Wyoming had prepared us to drive safely, so we didn't worry much about it.  I just had to get a shot of the snow beginning to cover everything in Greeleyville, SC, though, and I chose this Presbyterian Church that was not far off our path.  Snow in the South - now that is something you don't see everyday.


  1. Well you should come up to Canada sometime; we have snow to spare.

  2. I guess traffic in the US isn't like, it doesn't matter if you feel confident driving in snow. When everyone else doesn't you won't get far anyway :D Lovely snow dust picture :)

  3. Hi red-handed - I've got plenty of snow at my home in Wyoming. Thanks, though!

    Kristina, it's not like that for most of the US, just the South, along the coast. Snow is so rare that everyone freaks out about driving in in, even if it is just barely covering the ground. They close school because they worry about school buses, and there are no plows or salt in that part of the state, so there is nothing to be done about it. I used to freak out, too, before I lived elsewhere, but now I prefer driving in snow to rain, unless we are talking about a blizzard or ice on the road.

    Do they use salt over there on the roads? Here they salt some places - like when I lived in Pittsburgh, PA, it snowed a lot but I only ever drove on an icy road once, because they are great about plowing and salting it.

    In Wyoming they don't salt because it goes into the water and is bad for agriculture. Wyo is the least populated state at around 500,000, so it takes a while for the plows to clear the interstate if there has been a big storm. They close off the roads until they can be attended to, which can take up to two days (for the interstate). They don't even salt here in town and sometimes the roads stay icy for weeks.

  4. They do salt here, but I wish they wouldn't. Like you said, it's really bad if it goes in the water and it's bad for all the plants as well.
    Also I'd rather drive on a level snow surface than on a half-frozen road or in snow mush which is a lot slippier!
    I know they do that in Scandinavia and also south of here, in the mountain regions, they just press the snow evenly on the roads in winter and everyone gets by just fine.
    We don't get too much snow here normally, this winter has been exceptionally snowy. So yes, when there is snow people get a little crazy around here too :)
    Hope you can enjoy your snow though :)