Dawn Of An Indoor Day

We got several inches of snow overnight, and this morning our neighborhood looks quaint and pretty, like being inside one of those snow globes you had as a kid.

Alas, it won’t last. Columbus is right on the dividing line between the serious snowfalls to the north and rain to the south. We got snow — for now — but the temperature is rising outside and the freezing rain and then rain is going to start, leaving us to deal with a wet, slushy, mess that will disappoint hopeful sledders, motorists, and pedestrians alike. Even for a dedicated walker like me, there’s no pleasure in slogging and slipping through mounds of slush while being pelted with rain that leaves your stocking cap wringing wet and your coat covered with an icy crust.

Today will be an indoor day.

Life In The Splatter Zone

  
Walking to work during a Midwestern winter is not for the faint of heart.  When the dreaded “wintry mix” of snow and sleet falls, as it did this morning in Columbus, careful foot placement is the order of the day.  Icy patches of sidewalk must be given wide berth, unexpectedly deep, ankle-dousing pools of slush must be avoided, and above all, the inside lane next to the buildings and as far as possible from the street must be maintained.  For the street on such days is the splatter zone, where a car or bus hurtling past will inevitably coat the luckless walker with icy muck.

Beware the splatter zone!