Thoughts About Snow

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By: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director

Today I’m going to talk about snow.  If you are reading this from somewhere in Virginia, then you can probably understand what’s going on.

First of all, as a native Pennsylvanian, I feel like I’ve been there done that as far as snow is concerned.  Growing up in the mountainous northern tier of PA, we would normally get snow beginning in November and it would continue snowing through December, January, February and March.  Sometimes the snow that was melting in March was the same snow that fell in December.  It didn’t seem all that bad then because I was used to it.  It was all I knew.  And then, I moved to Virginia.

I’ve lived in Virginia now for 13 years, 12 of them consecutively right here in Lexington.  Over the course of that time we probably saw a combined total accumulation of 40 inches or so.  It was great.  Mostly 40 degree weather with the occasional one week cold spell with temps in the teens.  It would snow (or ice) one day and it would melt by the next.  Perfect.  You get all the good qualities of snow.  You get to see it when it is nice and white and pretty.  Gives you a feeling of winter without all the drawbacks like when it gets old, dirty and crusty.  I have to say, I have really loved winters in Virginia, save for the continuous “freak outs” that people in there parts generally have when we get the random 2-3 inch storm that will melt in a day or two.  Well, I guess it does provide some comic relief.

My favorite is always the pre-emptive school cancellation the day before an expected snow storm that ends up never materializing.  Those days make me so wish that I was a high schooler once again.  A free day off! I also love how the media advise to stop by the store and pick up bread and milk.  Like canned goods might not be a better choice if you’re going to have to huddle by the fireplace for warmth when 2 inches of snow have you shut in for 1-2 days.  Dear god we could all die of starvation and exposure to the elements!

So where am I going with all this sarcasm?  Well, this year has been the winter from hell (without the heat that would melt the snow of course) that has warranted some legit winter storm “freak outs”.  Despite the warnings of impending doom from global warming and the melting of the polar ice caps, the average temperature this winter has dipped below freezing, including a period of like 2-3 weeks with temps in the teens.  We have received probably at least 30 inches of snow this winter alone, with 1-2 more falling today and a forecast calling for another significant (by that I mean 8 inches or more) amount this weekend.  It’s like being in PA once again (or for Nate and Rachel’s benefit, Michigan or Wisconsin).

This snow has begun to wreak havoc on athletic scheduling, not to mention my own personal plans.  If you take a look at the February calendar on the athletic schedule, you’ll see just two open days for the remainder of the month because we have winter and spring sports both competing at the same time.  I can only imagine how it will look if this weekend’s events also get postponed.

The spring sports rely heavily on playing a significant amount of non-conference games in February and early March before the conference season and winter term finals take place.  They also need to get outside to practice in preparation for those early season contests.  This is where an SID has such a better life than an athletic trainer.  Sure, we both have to cover a number of athletic contests, but the trainers have to cover the practices, especially the ones outside this time of year when occasionally the Gatorade freezes inside the coolers.  God bless the trainers and what they go through this time of year.  They are a dedicated bunch and they have to be cursing the weather about now.

So I guess that’s about all I’ve got to say about snow and winter in Virginia.  I guess it probably qualifies more as a rant than a blog entry, but maybe you were entertained a little.  If you’ve got any winter stories or thoughts, feel free to share them in the comments section and we’ll approve the posts.

Until next time, here’s hoping your fridge is fully stocked with bread and milk and your fireplace has plenty of wood for burning.

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One Response to “Thoughts About Snow”

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