The news folks like to talk about snow in Syracuse, N.Y.
How much are we going to get?
How much have we gotten?
How much of this have I heard since I moved here in August of 1983?
After all, Syracuse is the snowiest top 100 population city in the United States.
And so when the Lake Effect Machine that gives us so much off Ontario was set to crank up yesterday, the TV and radio gang got going good. After all, this has been our winter of green.
Expect the winter storm to hit the city and its environs from 7 to 7, they said.
When my shift at the store ended at 3 p.m., it already was snowing but not sticking in the suburb 15 miles northwest. When my dear wife arrived safely at 6 p.m. to the Little Bitty in the city neighborhood of Eastwood from her 3.5-mile drive from the SMG office downtown, the roads already were covered with an inch or so.
I awoke at 7 a.m. to a blanket of, oh, four-plus inches. The snow was still falling. The weather guy on TV was calling for the lake effect band to settle right over Syracuse for the rest of the morning and afternoon, in fact, giving us another foot of white stuff.
The good news: I’m working the closing shift today, reporting at 3:30 p.m.
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I had plenty of time to clear both our cars and dig the whole driveway out before Karen had to depart to arrive at SMG by 9 a.m.
The bad news: That weather report will likely call for another shoveling session before I depart. The lake effect snow during my 15-mile drive there in my Chevy Cruze will influence me to avoid my usual highway route, which is wide open and famous for its blinding, blowing conditions during that sort of weather. So far this winter, it’s snowed hard once during my drive, a return trip after closing one night, and my backup route with traffic lights took twice the usual time. I’ll leave myself at least an hour to be sure. And I’ll fret the rest of this day about my drive during heavy snow conditions even on those roads.
Will I be able to see? Will my all-season radials that the mechanic gave the thumbs-up to for tread after I specifically asked grip the road? Will somebody else spin into me?
That’s why the Syracuse weather folks talk so much about snow.
What conditions worry you the most when driving? How far do you have to drive to work? Do you change the route you take according to conditions, and if so, what are they?