Since I've been in Va(3 yrs) we haven't had more than a dusting. Now this is quite a change from NY where snow was about a 6 mo normalcy and not just a dusting. Think feet and several times a winter. We had what you called "lake effect snow" because it came off of Lake Ontario. If you know what a blizzard is then you know what lake effect means. Below is a pic of one of those lake effect snowfalls.
I haven't missed the winters or the snow at all. I have to laugh at the folks that have lived here all their life or for many years. They can't wait for the white stuff. I always tell them I'll ship you plenty from NY. Somehow they don't want that kind. I can't imagine why. Well yesterday and some this morning we got some of that white stuff and a bit more than a dusting. TRY 8 inches. It sure is pretty, but the nice thing about snow in VA vs NY. It will BE gone by weeks end because it will be in the 60's by Thurs or FRI.
Back in NY if we knew lake effect was on it's way then we would go to the grocery store because a lot of times you could easily get snowbound. Well I had a interesting experience of that VERY thing yesterday in the grocery store. OMG, it was like BLACK FRIDAY. The lines were half way around the store. It was unreal. I hate to shop in a store when it's like that. I went out only ONCE on Black Friday to get something for my MOM. I left the house by 6 am. NEVER again. That is SO not enjoyable for me. NOW, I either got lucky or people preferred to stand in that neverending line. I'm not sure which. They have those checkouts where you scan your own groceries and bag them as well. NOT rocket science. The line for those wasn't long, so I got behind a fellow that was just finishing up so I was in and out rather quickly. It was just a rather funny and an interesting event to see the stores like that in March in the south.
I awoke this morning to the most snow they have had in Va for 9 years. GO FIGURE! I went out and took pics and attempted to build a snowman. I forgot how much there was to building one so I don't have pics of that. A big funny looking lump at the bottom of the slide is what it looks like before I had to concede that this wasn't going to happen. My friend from NY thinks I'm crazy. That would be true, but it was still fun. I didn't have to shovel it or snowblow it and I got to throw snowballs at the maintenance guys. NOW that is what I can my kind of snowfall. Somebody else doing the work. I would have got on the 4 wheeler that they used but the guy wouldn't give it up.
That would have been fun, but when it is -20 below outdoors and you have to get out in it and you get done snowblowing and the snowplow comes by and fills in the end of your driveway with that heavy wet snow. That isn't so fun, either is not having it start because ice froze in there and you have to lay on a cold cement floor and try to thaw it out with a hairdryer that keeps over heating so you can eventually can get out of your driveway. That was wintertime in NY for many years. Now today was FUN. It didn't look like the above pic but it was most definitely measurable snow for the first time for me in 3 yrs. Here are part of my pics for the day. I like a 5 day snow instead of 5 month snow anyday.
EVEN MY KITTY LINDSEY ENJOYED IT
OK MOM, I'M READY TO GO IN NOW.
ALL IN ALL IT WAS A FUN DAY HERE IN VA. I GOT TO PLAY IN THE SNOW WITHOUT THE WORK. THAT WILL BE GONE IN LESS THAN A WEEK. ALL THE NATIVE SOUTHERNERS ARE HAPPY CAUSE THEY GOT SNOW AND MY BABY GIRL GOT TO BE OUTSIDE AGAIN. OF COURSE TOMORROW I HAVE TO WORK TWICE AS HARD TO MAKE UP FOR GOOFING OFF TODAY BUT THAT IS THE BEAUTY OF WORKING FROM HOME. YOU CAN WORK WHEN YOU NEED TO AND AS EARLY OR LATE AS NECESSARY TO GET THE JOB DONE.