The Great Alabama Blizzard of 2018

The Great Alabama Blizzard of 2018

Two days ago, we woke up to probably like 3 to 4 inches of snow. I live in central Alabama, so snow comes very rarely and always leaves us in a panic, but it was nice to look at! I had the day off work, as the streets were frozen over and the government closed all the bridges going into the city due to ice, so I just stayed home with the puppies!

Disclaimer: the reason we panic when snow comes is because we don’t have all the resources available to us here that most of you in the north have. No one has ever salted the roads before a snowstorm. I don’t even know that we have people who could do that this far south. They put lots of dirt down on the roads AFTER the ice showed up, but we had no way to treat the roads beforehand. If you go into bigger places like Atlanta and Birmingham, you’ll see big tents on the side of the road every fifteen miles or so, and those tents are filled with salt. The cities DO have those kinds of resources, and have been pretty good about using them in recent years, but I don’t live in a big city. We don’t have big tents full of salt. So the roads ice over, and no matter what anyone says you just can’t drive on ice! Schools, businesses, and entire city governments shut down. Roads are closed. In my county, every road and bridge was deemed UNPASSABLE by the county government for two days. I learned this week that if you drive on closed roads or roads deemed unpassable and you get in a wreck, your insurance WILL NOT cover it! I know right? So we all stay home and play in the snow instead.

Anyway. Here’s some photos of my dogs playing in the snow. It took some time, but eventually they all learned to love it. Gidget, especially, loved the snow.

She would stick her whole head into the snow and then come inside with it stuck all over her face
Gidget and Abel. Abel was the snow’s worst fan. He does not handle the cold well so he spent most of the day inside.

She would also pounce on the snow, and it would puff up in her face, and so she’d pounce again, and it would puff up some more, and she’d keep pouncing. It was super cute.

Gidget and Dennis
Dennis is my brother’s dog. He didn’t really understand what was going on but he still had a good time.

Gidget and Dennis chasing Lou. Lou was also not a fan of the snow. My poor short-haired puppies.
She just had the best time of her life. She’s from Oklahoma so she probably remembers snow from her puppyhood.

Winter Wonderland! It’s been many, many years since the snow actually stuck to the roads!

 

4 Replies to “The Great Alabama Blizzard of 2018”

  1. I think if we ever had a snow day where I live I’d freak out because we’re too close to the equator and not high enough. We just don’t get cold enough. The big thing that closes roads here is rain. We can get flash flooding and when a cyclone comes through up north it can cause some interesting times. But it looks like you had fun in the snow 😀

    1. Oooooh yea flash flooding and tornadoes are normally the thing here this time of year, too! The snow is a random one-off event (although it’s actually snowed twice in the last 60 days now – last week and once in December. That’s climate change for ya, I guess).

  2. We live in coastal NC so it shut us down too. Lots of time off for the kids. I hate it when people from the North get snarky about it. But I was speaking to a tow truck driver once, who said most of the people he pulls out of ditches on snow/ice days down here are from up North. I always keep that on reserve for snide remarks. :). Lol Nice to get some snow, but ready for Spring now. (Not summer….just spring) 🙂

    1. Hey Christie! I’m definitely ready for spring, too! 🙂 Come on, consistent temps in the 70s! 😀

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