Yesterday at work, the alarm sounded and an announcement was made over the speaker. "We are closing due to inclement weather. Starting from 3:30pm until 5:30pm all personnel will leave the building in designated batches". They did it like this so that all 1,000 of us would not clog the roads by leaving all at once. A memo went around that the emergency generator had been tested and that there was an emergency supply of blankets, flashlights and canned food on the premises. Needless to say, we all left, laughing at the concept of snow in South Carolina and being snowbound. Snow in Lexington, we laughed. There'll be plenty Lexington closures. People panic at the first sight of snow, here.
Needless to say, the journey in was characterized by South Carolina drivers who were either creeping along at 20mph on patches of road where there was no snow or blasting along at 45mph. I hate snow driving and always seek to avoid it but the keys are maintaining a constant speed, planning four times further ahead, slow braking, slow acceleration, slow lane changes. In snow, the front wheels act as rudders and traction control must be turned off or you get nowhere.
When I finished work, there was still snow on the hood and roof of my car - all dry dusty, powdery
snow - not the wet, sticky kind I'm used to from Britain. Some had melted to form icicles on cars.