Winter makes up for lost time


Over the last two years, winter hasn’t made much of an impact on our weather here in East Central Mississippi.

I told my dad yesterday that I’ve gotten more use out of my sweaters this year than I have the last two years combined. He said the same thing, except that he’s been wearing more sweatshirts and flannel shirts while he delivers the mail back home.

It’s been a rough winter, and we’re just under halfway through it. This year, it came in with a vengeance. Our December snowstorm is the earliest snowfall of that magnitude that I’ve ever seen.

The last time I remember it getting that cold with snow on the ground was 2000, and it was preceded by a tornado outbreak that included a tornado that came through Tuscaloosa that was caught by one of the TV station’s tower cameras.

This time, however, there were no severe thunderstorms. In fact, we were placed under a winter storm warning before many of our northern neighbors were.

That snow was pretty benign in our area, as it was really pretty but didn’t really cause any travel problems. And the snow was mostly gone by the next day.

This week’s snowfall, if we wake up to some this Wednesday morning, might stick around for a day or two because it’s going to be so cold.

As that cold rolls in, I hope you will remember to bundle up. Exposed skin of any kind could make you susceptible to frostbite.

Also, keep your water dripping for the next couple of nights. I don’t want you to have to experience a water pipe burst, as the Appeal office experienced recently.

Please keep warm and stay safe over this frigid week.