When South Carolinians hear “winter weather forecast,” it immediately translates to“SNOW DAY!” We’re not sure how this happens, but we think it occurs close to the brain region that makes us enjoy sweet tea.
Here are four ways winter weather predictions usually affects the Upstate.
1. It provides you with a constant topic of conversation.
Cold weather forecasts have a tendency to dominate conversations. Winter weather in the Upstate is fascinating because it is one of the few current events that will come up in pretty much any conversation you have. Whether it’s a relative, colleague, or a cashier at the grocery store that you’re speaking with, the possibility of snow is almost always present in small talk conversation.
2. It provides news stations with great content.
Winter weather infiltrates local news stations. With a mention of snow or ice, the spotlight is on for local meteorologists. Meanwhile, Upstate residents keep their eyes glued to the television for traffic issues, safety concerns and closings.
3. It can help or hurt business.
If your weekly grocery shopping trip falls right before a predicted snow storm, you may have a tough time finding bread or milk. While grocery retailers and cold-weather related suppliers can experience booming business, other local businesses suffer.
4. It takes over social media.
Snow has a tendency to flood social media with related content. Winter storms even get their own hashtags nowadays. You can expect flurries of sledding children pictures on Facebook and artsy, hot chocolate and fireplace uploads on Instagram. #Snowday