Getting snow in East Tennessee, specifically in the Tennessee Valley, is something that happens about once a year and it is not very welcome. Our snow is slushy and dirty and normally just turns into a solid sheet or black ice on the roads.
While some people love the snow here in Knoxville, most people hate it. Here are 15 things people think when it snows.
1. Three inches of snow is in the forecast?
Let's close every school and university besides UT because who cares in students who walk two miles to class slip and fall.
2. We have to go to the grocery store now! Who knows when we will be able to leave our house!
Milk, eggs and butter are the essentials we need when we cannot leave the house for three hours because of ice on the roads.
3. What are snow tires and do I need them?
I drive a Honda and I honestly do not think they make snow tires for this car so the real question is "Will it snow enough to need them?"
4. Let's go sledding! Oh, wait, I don't even know where to buy a sled.
I think you can buy bright orange sleds at Walmart, but besides that, I wouldn't even know where to get a sled or how to use it!
5. Did the weather channel just say it is going to be 7 degrees outside tonight? I don't own a winter coat!
I honestly do not own more than a heavily lined fleece jacket so I am not equipped to walk around in weather that is well below freezing... and neither is anyone that is a Knoxville native.
6. How many days can I tell my boss my driveway is iced over and I can't come to work?
Sometimes you just have to say there is a sheet of ice on your drive way to get out of work #MentalHealthSnowDay
7. Yay snow! Let's have a snowball fight!!
Our knowledge of snowball fights comes from TV shows and movies, but our snowballs definitely look like chunks of mud covered in snow and no one wants to be hit with that.
8. Should I be letting my dog eat snow? What about my toddler?
Since snow is basically just water it is totally OK to let the dogs and children eat right? I can just ignore the grass clumps in it!
9. I hate this. I hate this. I hate this. I hate this. I want summer.
I hate snow.
10. I literally moved to the South to get AWAY from below 40 degrees weather and this awful white powder.
Honestly, I just need it to be sunny and 75 every day forever.
11. Do we even have salt trucks?
I know the news always talks about salting the roads but does the City of Knoxville actually own salt trucks or do we rent them from another county in the mountains??
12. What exactly is the point of putting salt on the road to combat snow?
No one understands how salt is going to melt snow and ice and make the roads clear so I think someone should explain it.
13. Should I be trying to enjoy this because I am not enjoying this?
It is too cold, too wet, and I am too over this weather.
14. I need more coffee.
There is never enough coffee when you are cooped up inside and cold all the time.
15. I cannot afford the heat bill if it decides to blizzard like it did in the 90s.
The one legit blizzard Knoxville has had seems like a horror story and no one can afford to crank their heat up if we actually got a giant snow storm again.