Thursday, February 18, 2010
Snow, snow, more snow
It seems I can’t escape the snow – even by traveling south.
February 8, as documented in last week’s South Reporter, parts of Marshall County received up to seven inches. Remnants of the white stuff hung around for a few days.
The rest of that week we had been watching the weather. More was moving toward Mississippi Thursday night and Friday. But oddly enough, the worst was prognosticated for the middle of the state and south.
Sen. Bill Stone reported how strange it was to be leaving Jackson and the state capitol early and heading north to his home in Ashland to avoid the winter weather.
The forecasters and their sophisticated radar got it right this time around. Holly Springs and Marshall County woke up Friday morning to no snow – thank goodness.
But from the Philadelphia and Carthage area (where we were going for a basketball tournament), south was a different story.
Pam and I got the word from those Marshall Countians who were already there for the Class AA North State Tournament that snow was plentiful.
But, according to their report, the roads were OK.
We left a bit earlier than planned Friday, just in case we hit some dangerous roads.
We drove to Oxford, to Batesville and then traveled I-55 South. There were no signs of ice or snow.
The first snow we saw on the ground was at our planned exit off I-55 at Vaiden.
Then our ride along Highway 35 through Kosciusko and on to Carthage was beautiful – a winter wonderland.
The white stuff blanketed the grounds, the rooftops of houses and the trees but the roadways were in excellent condition.
We actually got to Carthage early and had time to go downtown to the newspaper office and visit with good friend Waid Prather, publisher of The Carthaginian. It was great to see him. Pam was looking forward to the hug. Waid gives some of the best.
I did joke with him about the sign on his door – “Closed due to inclement weather.”
“Hey, I worked all day with five or six inches on the ground,” I said.
But, in fairness to Waid, the snow hit Holly Springs on a newspaper production day.
The tournament was at Leake Academy, located in the small community of Madden. Waid had warned that when we left Carthage, it would seem like we travel forever on Highway 488 before getting to Madden. He was right.
Our teams were successful in the tournament – the boys winning first and the girls second in the north.
We spent Friday night in Philadelphia. We woke up Saturday morning to bright sunshine, and the snow quickly melted.
We drove home late Saturday night, while also keeping up with the forecast for Holly Springs and Marshall County – more snow predicted for Sunday night and Monday morning.
Pam, who loves to keep up with the weather, said all day Sunday the white stuff was coming again. I refused to believe it, mainly because I’m very tired of winter.
Then Sunday about 9 p.m., I looked out the window and it was snowing – heavily.
I just checked the forecast – in the 50s later this week. Thank goodness.
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