It's Stormwatch 2012!
With our many steep hills here in Seattle and Portland, and drivers inexperienced with driving in the snow (except us skiers), it really can get hazardous out there on the roads. Schools start late, close early, or don't open at all (to the delight of my niece); buses reroute or drop routes; and generally most of us hunker down at home.
Then we venture outside to play.
Snow days here in the western Pacific Northwest bring out the ebullient kid in most of us. The famous "Seattle Freeze" thaws a bit as people talk, laugh, and maybe commiserate or cheer with strangers about the weather. It shakes up our routine, cleans up the neighborhoods in a layer of white.
For me it may as well be another day because I work at home. But I'll sneak out for a walk at lunch in my Sorel boots, then maybe later head down in the all-wheel-drive Subaru to my go-to teahouse and mingle with friends. Tonight I'll throw some logs in the fireplace and be cozy and warm while the snow lightens the dark winter night.
How about you? How do you like to spend snow days, wherever you are? Have you met anybody because of the snow? Chime in below with your comments.