In our part of northern North Carolina we do not have a harsh winter like up north. We do typically have four full seasons that I consider to be fairly mild and none of them too extreme.
Our winters are generally cold, gray, and brown with the occasional snow or ice. My definition of cold probably varies greatly from many of you. Our average highs are around 40 and average lows around 28. That being the average, we will have some warmer and some colder. We typically have a few teens and single digit days, but they are few. Those colder days sometimes we still do not get the snow. It just depends on when the precipitation and temperatures line up.
We do tend to get more ice than snow, because we teeter on the edge of freezing many times. I would much rather have the snow than the ice or freezing rain. I do enjoy a good large snow, but must confess after one good one I grow tired of it. I get tired of the shoveling, salting, scraping, and mess tracked in. Last year we had an extremely warm winter and saw no snow at all. And this year, it is halfway through January and all we’ve seen is a little snow flurry in late December. It has barely felt like winter. No, I’m not going to support the global warming topic. I personally think weather is cyclical and it cycles back around. Just two years ago we had so much snow at Christmas that I wondered if everyone would be able to drive back and forth for family celebrations. It was gorgeous.
Yesterday, it was an unseasonable warm 72 degrees! It was not super sunny, but just warm. It was nice, but strange. It doesn’t feel like we’ve had a winter yet and this kind of weather is going to give me spring fever. Of course I had to walk about and check things out since it was so nice out. (Around our one acre it does not take long). Even though the temperatures are bearable Monday through Friday it is dark when I am at home and not at work so the weekend is the only opportunity to get outside and see anything.
This is basically what winter in North Carolina looks like. It’s gray and brown and drab.