Enjoying the white coating

First Posted: 3/3/2009

Finally. A decent amount of snow finally fell this week to say winter came to Surry County.
The large white fluffy flakes fell heavily to the ground Sunday after lunch as I sat at my parents home in Mayodan, about an hours ride from Surry County. The excitement of the whole thing led me to the window where I watched like a kid in a candy store as the flakes started piling up, first on the roofs, then on the grass, and then on the road.
Sunday afternoon, though, when I had to venture out into the snow to return home, things werent as exciting.
The roads mainly were just slushy at first, but as the car entered Stokes Countys northeast corner on the ride home, the depth thickened and the drivers of other cars got slower and slower.
Going slow is OK, but moving like a snail can cause even more accidents. The snail trail causes other vehicles, whose drivers are more comfortable on the snow-covered roads or who have four-wheel drive, to start lining up behind the front driver.
This then causes a huge back up and it is hard to adjust your distance to keep enough room to be able to aptly respond to a slide from another car, while also keeping enough speed to make it up the slick hills at the same time.
Traveling N.C. 704 from Rockingham through Sandy Ridge and to its intersection with N.C. 8 was more like being in a funeral procession, but even slower and more daunting.
Then, to make matters worse, two pick-up trucks whose drivers thought the snow meant a green light to go driving off-road in peoples front yards, ditches and fields caused uneasy concern for the other drivers on the road.
The snow is a beautiful addition to the winter scenery, which is normally brown and gray and dull until spring arrives with new greenery and blooms, but it also causes hazards to be aware of.
Im glad we finally got a good coating of the white stuff. I wish it had been much more, like my co-worker living in Virginia who got about 10 to 12 inches, but I guess the five inches in Pilot Mountain will have to do.
You never know. Winter isnt completely over yet. Our best blizzards have taken people aback in the early days of March.
Maybe next year well get the big one. Until then, stay warm and look forward to spring days ahead.
Wendy Byerly Wood is the associate editor of The Mount Airy News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 719-1923.

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