There's "snow way" Southerners can drive in the snow

When someone warns you that the stove is hot, the last thing you want to do is go over to it and touch it, knowing the outcome won’t be good.

You wouldn’t try and pick up a snake when you already know it could bite you.

The last thing you want to do is run down a hallway when there’s a bright yellow sign stating the floors are wet and asks that you proceed with caution.

If there’s a wet paint sign posted on a bench, I doubt you are going to sit on it.

I think you see my point here, when someone or a group of folks continuously stresses the importance of not doing something, they are doing this for your own good as well as the good of others.

A prime example of the importance of heeding warnings and cautions from authorities came this past week when we all found out that there’s just snow way we all can drive in the snow.

Southerners are just now getting accustomed to dealing with the winter weather considering we all don’t see a true winter very often at all. We might see a few ice pellets pounding the ground maybe twice during the winter, but nothing like what we all recently encountered.

Over the past few years, we have only really been faced with a couple of passing ice storms, that might have slowed us down for a half day, but no one ever thought we would actually come face to face with old man winter when he decided it was time for us to face his ultimate storm.

The ultimate storm came in the form of snow that saw some areas of the county and surrounding counties dealing with between two to six inches of snow.

The snow itself was beautiful, but not when you have to travel in it. Traveling in snow and the south just don’t go together. Just ask the truck drivers and other travelers who were stranded along the interstate once icy conditions began to occur.

Snow is always nice to get, but one thing all of us must do is heed the warnings from our emergency officials when they stress with all of their might to inform the public that it is not safe to travel. While I do understand there were those that had to travel for a variety of reasons, those of us who did not, should not have gotten on the roads.

You might say, well I did and nothing happened to me. Well, that was your lucky day I guess because these officials know their information and all they are doing is making every single effort they can to protect you and others from harm.

It always needs to be stressed that even a small patch of ice can cause a disaster, especially in the south. Well, mix the small amount of ice with three days of freezing temperatures with slushy and unsafe roads and you are writing your own recipe for disaster.

One thing I want to say is that I am glad we have folks who work so hard to make sure they keep the motoring public as safe and informed as possible. The officials who are out there doing all they can to clear the roads of the mess as well as all of the emergency personnel who risk their lives to save yours should also be thanked.

Maybe this snowstorm will open some eyes as to why is it so important to listen to our emergency officials when they caution you to stay off of the roads. They are not talking just to hear themselves talk, they do care about you and want you to stay safe.

There’s one thing I have seen over and over again as I worked throughout the storm on various assignments. It might not be every single southerner, but overall there’s snow way southerners need to drive in the snow.