Snow flurries give a taste of the winter season

Tony Casey • Nov 14, 2013 at 12:12 AM

It didn’t last long, but snow flurries hit the Johnson City area Monday afternoon.

Even though the snow was short lived, almost immediately melting when it hit the ground, it brought excitement to some South Side Elementary School students.

Kindergartner Ella Lucas, 5, from Jamie Mains’ class, said she loves snow and her favorite thing to do in snow is to make a snowman, but wouldn’t be able to just yet.

“There wasn’t enough,” Lucas said of the day’s snow yield. “Only if there’s big enough lumps of it.”

She said she recently dressed up as a snow princess for Halloween, and, with her classmates, was looking forward to the winter season. Seeing the fluffy white stuff, even for a small amount of time, had them listing their favorite things to do around the holidays, especially when there’s snow on the ground.

A general consensus was reached by 7-year-olds Damien Norris and Daniel Dalton and 5-year-old Dylan Laubengayer that it’s a lot of fun to get presents during the holidays, but they also said they enjoyed going sledding, building igloos, having snowball fights, and even making snow cream, which is an ice cream-like dessert made from snow.

Mains said her students were so excited when the snow started dropping that she briefly lost their attention, which is understandable. Becky Saunders, also a kindegarten teacher, said the same thing happened in her class, but said their excitement is completely justified.

“Everyone loves snow,” Saunders said. “We (teachers) understand. The kids were disappointed that it melted and didn’t collect.”

Temperatures have been dropping in the last few weeks, and will ultimately give way to more opportunities for snow, said Jerry Hevrdeys, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morristown. But that will only be after to temperatures come up a bit through the beginning of the weekend, when more high 50s and low 60s can be expected.

Getting used to changing weather is nearly a requirement of living here, Hevrdeys said.

“We’re used to it around here,” he said. “It’s a week by week thing.”

Dick Nelson, owner of Nelson Fine Art Center in downtown Johnson City, sees positives in both snowy weather and warmer conditions. His new cafe, called Krazy Krepes, sells coffee year round, and doesn’t change the amount of business, aside from less iced drinks being sold.

He does celebrate weather, though, because it tends to keep the sky clear enough for the sun to hit the 63 solar panels he has atop his building.

Residual snow can still be seen in the higher elevations, mixed in with trees still bearing some color on the ridges above Johnson City.

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