By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Ashlyn Irons

TUSCALOOSA- Its no secret. A lot of Southerners don’t know how to deal with snow.

The mere possibility of flurries sends good ole boys and girls to their panic rooms.

UA student and Wisconsin native, Laura Neumann, said that when she first got to Alabama, she found the fear here of something so familiar to her humorous.

“I understand when you’re getting two feet of snow in one snowfall,” Neumann said. “That’s a big deal. Or sometimes even three feet of snow. But, like, ‘oh we’re just going to have a dusting of snow and we’re going to shut down the entire state?'”

No matter the amount of snow expected, its still important to be prepared.

In preparation for bad winter weather, most people just think you need bread and milk, but there are other necessities you can’t forget about.

Casey Sears with Northstar EMS said it is important to think of everything.

“Make sure that you have batteries, that your medication is filled, that you have the appropriate amount of food in case this lasts more than a day or so,” Sears said.

Sears said there’s a fine line between being safe and jumping to armageddon-style panic like with “Snowpocalypse 2014.”

Rich Anders, Manager of Anders Hardware agreed, and said there is a happy medium when it comes to buying supplies for winter weather.

“its always good to have salt or sand on hand for icy conditions, and also there can be a lot of fun had when we get a little snow in the area, so a snow sled wouldn’t hurt either,” Anders said.

Whether or not the fluffy white stuff falls from the sky Friday, Alabamians are now more prepared two years later…we hope.

For the latest weather updates, follow WVUA 23’s Richard Scott on Twitter at @RICHARDWVUA23 or follow his weather blog at wvua23.com.


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