Sneauxpocalypse

25 01 2014

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The only way we know how to deal with ice in south Louisiana is to put it in our drinks. No one thinks twice over our tradition of drive-through daiquiri shops. We apparently all know that you can drive with one hand holding your frozen drink and the other hand on your steering wheel. But let one snow flake (or sneaux as we call it here) float in the air and we go crazy.

Our roads become like bumper car lanes. Over 200 accidents were reported yesterday. We live in a land crisscrossed with rivers and bayous and a day of freezing temps means they shut down all the bridges. There is no back up plan. Just gloveless reporters interviewing people in their cars on highways that have become parking lots, reporting how cold they are.

Many were able to stay home during this latest sneauxpocalypse. Because we knew it might get really cold and there was a 30% chance of snow, all schools were closed before the first possible snow flake fell. There was a light overnight dusting. It was like the powdered sugar left on your clothes after eating beignets.

People gathered up the sneaux on the hoods of their cars and built 3-inch sneauxmen. There were lots of icicles on palm trees pictures floating around on social media. The university was closed and there were college kids sliding down the icy levee slope (the only hill in town) on cookie sheets.

The sun is now out and the icicles are dripping away. The tiny Frosty’s on car hoods have disappeared. It is supposed to get even colder in a few days. I know we haven’t learned anything on how to deal with this foreign-up-north like weather but I am thinking I can do a better job with prep. It’s gumbo-making weather. I may need to find a drive-through daiquiri shoppe on the way to “making groceries.”

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23 responses

25 01 2014
Lisa Garon Froman

Girlie, this weather didn’t work for me. I had plans to go to New Orleans with a girlfriend for the morning, but we had to cancel because of the closed bridges and interstate. Crazy.

25 01 2014
conniemcleod

Lisa, I am sooo ready for spring.

25 01 2014
Kathy @ SMART Living 365

Ha! that’s what happens here in the desert when it RAINS! People are crazy and don’t know how to drive in it. Meanwhile, try to stay warm…we are experiencing 70-80s right now…. :-) Also good weather for a Daiquiri! ~Kathy

25 01 2014
conniemcleod

Kathy, I know by August I’ll be longing for cold weather, but a day in the 70s sounds wonderful right now! It’s always good weather for a daiquiri!

27 01 2014
doreenb8

Too funny. While we are used to dealing with and driving in snow up here in the Philadelphia area we are not accustomed to the single digit temperatures.
It’s too cold for the kids to sled and even too cold to ski.
Be careful…

27 01 2014
conniemcleod

Stay warm too! I really can’t even wrap my mind around single didit or below zero weather.

27 01 2014
Kay Lynn

It seems over kill to close the bridges for such a light dusting, but I guess they know the drivers won’t be cautious.

27 01 2014
conniemcleod

Kay, we really don’t know how to drive down here when it gets below freezing. A blinding thunderstorm…no problem.

27 01 2014
Kathy Radigan

We live in NY, (LI), so we are use to some snow, but if it’s more than an inch or two we completely freak out and head out to the store to get bread, milk, and eggs just in case we can’t get to the store (that we could walk to in a pinch!)! Good luck!! I can’t wait till spring either!

27 01 2014
conniemcleod

Kathy, we’re OK with dealing with hurricanes down here. Cold weather, not so much.

27 01 2014
Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered)

Popping over from The Women of Midlife FB group and I LOVE this. As a native NYer in the “south” (NC) for years, it’s still too much when the snow is possibly coming. I need to hit the grocery store tonight to stock up!!! :)

And that’s a gorgeous picture, did you take it?

27 01 2014
conniemcleod

Thanks, we’re stocked up again and ready to make gumbo! I did take the photo, I’m thinking my sego palm is taking a hard winter hit.

27 01 2014
Walker Thornton

Reminds me of my days in Alabama!

27 01 2014
conniemcleod

Yeah Walker, I think all of us in the deep south get a little crazy when we see snow. I mean crazier!

27 01 2014
Haralee

Sorry but too funny! A good friend of mine who lives in Detroit and she is in Baton Rouge is still enjoying her stay!

27 01 2014
conniemcleod

We’re suppose to have 1 inch of snow tonight. If your friend is still here, she will be amused at how we are freaking out.

27 01 2014
tani

I live in South Carolina and we’re expecting a “major deadly” storm. As I’m from NY I’m a bit too excited

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27 01 2014
conniemcleod

I’m sure you’ll have fun in the snow!

28 01 2014
loisaltermark

I don’t even want to tell you what the weather’s like here in San Diegeaux right now :)

29 01 2014
conniemcleod

Enjoy it for me!!

2 02 2014
Estelle Sobel Erasmus

I didn’t realize that in Atlanta, the snow was 2 inches–it must have been more where you were. We’re so used to snow in the Northeast that we just know what to do. I can see it’s becoming an education for Southern folk. Stay warm.

13 02 2014
jasteck

It has been such a strange winter, even for those of us used to snow. I can’t imagine how tough it is when you never drive in snow or ice. We drink hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps in this weather.

13 02 2014
conniemcleod

I think we are all ready to say goodbye to this winter. BTW chocolate and peppermint schnapps sound delicious.

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