1. Amazing how much geography matters though. Here in the Pocono Mountains of PA we’ve had probably over three feet of snow since New Year’s, with another 3-6 inches expected today. Most of that came in a nearly two-foot fall a few weeks ago, big even by our standards, and 48 hours later you could go where ever you wanted, roads were clear, parking lots were plowed, etc. My biggest headache was last Wednesday when I tried to get to church for Ash Wednesday, we’d had some 30-degrees-and-raining weather which left my driveway an ice rink. As I backed my Jeep down the driveway I slid into the snow pile left by the plow, two left wheels in snow digging their own holes, two right on ice, wasn’t going ANYWHERE. Put salt under the two wheels on ice, waited a couple hours for nature to take its course, and came out like a champagne cork on New Year’s Eve.

    I admit the snow is getting tiresome, over the last month it’s snowed more days than it hasn’t, but it IS pretty right after it falls and it’s in the trees, Spring is wonderful especially in comparison, the summers are beautiful (seldom much over 90 during the day and generally cool at night), and the fall colors are stunning. Plus, were I still in NJ, they got the same big snowfall we had, AND I’d be in NJ.

  2. The ‘north’ half of the U.S. is usually prepared and shakes off / strolls through snow falls that cripple ‘southern areas.
    The snow really wasn’t that bad in Texas but most residents 1) have NEVER driven in snow before or 2) have tried driving in it, survived the experience and swore they would never drive in it again
    ( ICE covered roads are entirely different and require even more ‘plan before you do ANYTHING and whatever you do, do it SLOWLY !’.
    Also, the other difficulty is the lack of vast fleets of salt / sand trucks and plows. Something the ‘north’ has and the ‘south’ doesn’t, which is fine with me because I don’t want to pay ( taxes ) to buy and maintain something that may, just may be needed once a year !

    1. Yep. When I lived in the Dallas area the transplants would say Texans can’t drive in snow. After the storm you’d see all the Northern license plates in the ditch ’cause it wasn’t snow, it was ice. The Texans stayed home.

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