Snow in Raleigh NC is not so natural. Over the past 20+ years I have lived here, it seems to be snowing more frequently. It snows and sticks about every other year. When I first moved here, I basked in several years of snowless winters and 50 degree average daytime temperatures. I remember the first year of accumulation and the city didn’t even own salt trucks. The city was literally shut down until it melted.
In 2000, the meterologists didn’t predict 20 inches of snowfall which again shut the city down and left many people with out power. How tragic it was to have so much snow and not a single sled or snow shovel!
School is canceled before even a flake falls. Five years ago was the Half Inch of Snow that Paralyzed Raleigh. The headline is misleading to shock Northerners no doubt, but it was ice and not snow. This bizarre event happened during the day while kids were at school. There were thousands of cars stuck on the roads and kids stranded at schools. Many children even had to spend the night at school because parents couldn’t pick them up.
Throw in the hurricanes we’ve had over the past 20 years and Northerners might be able to understand the panic we Raleighites feel at the mention of snow. If you have ever been with out power for a week, you get it.
Here are my personal preparations for the threat of hurricanes and snow:
- Do all laundry, vacuum and run the dishwasher
- have an extra can of propane for the grill
- shop for groceries, beer and wine
- have cars gassed
- have cash
- have all supplies needed for home projects
- candles, flashlights
- library books
There is nothing like snow in Raleigh. It’s fun, the kids love it, it’s a good excuse to not leave the house and it is usually gone by the next day!