Old Man Winter finally showed up at KaTom - and he brought a blanket
After what seemed like a few weeks of nothing but rainy days that had us putting on our waders just to get through the parking lot, it's finally a beautiful day in the KaTom neighborhood again! That's partly because the sun (for those in the Eastern United States who have been suffering through this deluge with us, the sun is that shiny, hot thing you're likely seeing in the sky today for the first time since New Year's) is back out. However, it's mainly because we had a visit from Jack Frost, who left a few inches of snow all over East Tennessee.
For our friends up north, this is going to look like nothing, but for our area, this was a major thing because we didn't have a single accumulating snowfall last year. In fact, the last time you could really measure any of the white stuff around KaTom's old home or the current one, the calendar was on 2011.
So, when the rain started mixing with sleet, then snow, then was flakes alone Thursday afternoon, we were all pretty excited. KaTom was like elementary school all over again as we crowded around the windows to watch it fall. The excitement turned to dread as the parking lot and roads started to get covered with a slushy mess that we realized we'd have to face as we headed home. More than a few of our folks who live a good distance away and have to work into the evening left their cars here and hitched a ride with someone boasting 4-wheel drive. You folks up north can laugh at how we handle these things, but remember we only typically get a few of these snows each year and we're really not as prepared as you. We have fewer salt and plow trucks, and more people who panic and make rookie mistakes on the roads, making travel tougher for others.
Anyway, we got some shots of the KaTom neighborhood all glistening white this morning and we want to share them with you. We even broke out the ole fish eye lens for some experimenting. Hope you enjoy and happy winter!