On February 28, 2009, I read the weather forecast on Yahoo for the following day in my little town of Yatesville, Georgia. Weather predictions for the following day called for snow up to three inches. Yeah, right. How can the middle Georgia weather go from the upper 60s one day to snow the next? Once again, Mother Nature fooled us Georgians by blanketing middle Georgia with snow today, March 1, 2009.
With visions of another unusually warm day dancing in our heads here in middle Georgia, my family awoke to the shocking sight of snow falling from the sky on Sunday, March 1, 2009. Around 11:30 a.m. that morning we opened the front door and there it was, sheets of snow coating the Georgia pines. Huge snowflakes were storming through the wind and soon the ground was as white as a polar bear’s coat. While not exactly a snow storm in the minds of northern folks, we Georgians liken it to a hallowing blizzard! What a shocking blow to our middle Georgia daffodils, peach trees and forsythia bushes that have been in full bloom.
By 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2009, in Yatesville, Georgia, we decided that we should take the trip to our local Walmart to stock up on bread and sundries. We southerners tend to panic at the first sight of snow and our first reaction is to hit the grocery stores. On the drive to Thomaston, Georgia, the snow was descending from the sky so hard we could barely see. Along the way, we passed two trees that had already faltered under the weight of the snow. We had the foresight to bring our cameras to capture the rare beauty of the Georgia snow.
It was evident that everyone else in middle Georgia was also in panic mode and the stores were packed with folks buying bread and milk like there was no tomorrow. We checked Walmart and Home Depot for space heaters, just to find that they had all been sold out or put back into stock due to the warm weather. By the time we departed Walmart and swung by KFC for our Sunday fried chicken, the snow was at least two inches thick in Thomaston, Georgia.
Although some parts of Georgia were pounded last year, this snow fall was new for us in middle Georgia. It seems like years since we’ve seen this amount of snow. The most popular question of the day among kids was, “Are we having school tomorrow?” Later this evening, certain Georgia schools announced their plan to close schools tomorrow, Monday, March 2, 2009. Heavy snowfall can always cause power outages and damage; however, it makes for great snow ice cream and snowmen. With big bowls of fresh snow, we added a little sugar, vanilla flavoring and milk to make snow ice cream before it all melted. We couldn’t forget about our little birds outside my kitchen window who have become dependent on a daily dose of bird seed, so we filled up the bird feeders for a snowy treat.
According to weather reports, the storm responsible for the heavy snowfall stretched along the east coast from Alabama clear up to Maine on Sunday, March 1, 2009. Our local forecast for middle Georgia called for snow turning into a snow/rain mix throughout the night with an accumulation of up to four inches. Temperatures in the middle Georgia area are predicted to plummet into the upper 20s tonight and the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm advisory until midnight for the middle and upper parts of Georgia.
We snapped some photos of the beautiful snow falling around our home in the middle Georgia area. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.