1. chuck dean02/14/2006 10:14:42 PM
We get the same situation here with hurricanes. If a hurricane gets into the Gulf and has the slightest chance of hitting our area the panic buying starts. People hit the grocery store and empty the shelves of bread, milk and batteries.
We only get snow about twice a decade and then it rarely measures more than a half inch. When it hits it closes schools and stops most people from showing up to work but doesn't cause a run at the stores because it's never enough to last on the ground more than a day or two.
My only real experience driving on snow has come from a couple of late fall trips to Colorado for disaster recovery tests.
2. Christopher Byrne02/14/2006 01:25:04 PM
Reminds me of my days living in the DC Area. Now that I am in the South, my favorite memory is when they closed the University of Georgia before a flake had even fallen in the .5 to 1 inch forecast. Needless to say, it did not snow at all and the University officials had the egg on their faces!
3. Dragon Cotterill02/14/2006 08:40:53 AM
Same story, different country.
I'm from the UK. We don't get snow. We get rain. Lots of rain. So in that rare happenstance that things do get cold enough for snow to actually gather on the ground and not instantly melt, peoples minds seem to get switched off. We're not used to snow like you. So we get people with the mentality that they think they can drive at the same speed on the roads that they did before. So what happens? We get half an inch of snow, and the next thing you get reports of pile-ups on the M25 caused by people going too fast.
Sometimes I have to keep reminding myself that half of the population is below average intelligence. Pity thats the half thats appears to cost the most in time, money and effort.