In the past four days, we have had two snow days here in Nashville. On Friday afternoon, we had an ice storm followed by a few inches of snow, which caused schools and businesses to close. Late last night, it started snowing again, and most folks are home from work and school today.
Mr. Handsome and I are enjoying the unexpected chance to spend time together. This morning, we grabbed a latte to share and went on a walk in the winter wonderland. It was 14F (-10C), but we bundled up and had a grand time.
The one downside of living in the South is that when winter weather does arrive, it isn’t as easy to handle as it would be above the Mason-Dixon Line.
A typical winter in Nashville usually means daytime highs above freezing and overnight lows below freezing, so snow often turns into rain, which then freezes and makes driving treacherous. Cities and towns don’t own enough plows and salt trucks to keep all the roads clear, so car accidents are more common. We have friends who live outside the city on winding roads that are never plowed or salted, so when snow and ice hit, they can’t leave home until it melts.
The weather this winter has been far from average. In the past ten days, we have seen temperatures well above average–as high as 65F (18C)–and lows well below average–as low as 3F (-16C). With single-pane windows, our heater is working overtime. As I have done in past years, I purchased window insulator plastic to help keep the cold air out.