Snow in Alabama is a rarity. We may have a dusting or an inch or two occasionally, but a real snow hardly ever happens. The weather channel began predicting a snow for us late last week for last night. We even talked about it at work on Thursday and Friday, but no one really thought we would get the amount of snow forecasted.
My childhood was spent in West Virginia. Sometimes we wouldn't even know it was snowing until we heard the snow plow go up the road. West Virginia was also well equipped with salt, sand and cinders for the roads. I remember my dad putting chains on our tires. He even had snow tires for the car with spikes. Snow didn't slow us down much -- but ice did.
This area of the nation is just not equipped for snow. Alabama doesn't have snow plows or cinders. They save the salt and sand for bridges and overpasses or spots known to be really slick. Alabama closes their schools and businesses for the "threat" of snow. My son's school was already closed by 2:30 yesterday afternoon -- it didn't start snowing until 9:00 pm. Sometimes the school systems will close early and the snow will totally miss us. I know it sounds silly to those of you who live with the snow, but in truth it really is a good idea for this part of the country. Driving in snow is definitely not the norm for people around here so the highways become dangerous with inexperienced drivers. Truthfully, I really enjoy the blessing of a day given to stay home, enjoy the scenery, enjoy the snow, drink hot cocoa, read a good book, and enjoy family time.
Enjoy our photos of the snow in Northwest Alabama:
Enjoy your day!