Sacramento has been called the most diverse city in the world. We have a professional basketball team, and AWESOME fans. The travel and tourism board has a lot of good things to boast about living here. I like it here. Its been home (officially) for 10 years now.
The things Sacramento doesn't do well - anything with water. Which usually happens in late fall/winter here. Rain, Snow, Ice or Frost. Sacramento cannot handle this. We get spoiled by all the sunshine. The water anomalies throw us for a loop.
You see, anytime we get rain here, people drive BADLY. The first rain storm of the season, there are news reports of overturned trucks and lots of car accidents. This happened a few weeks ago. I was riding the bus to work as normal, and the bus had to divert the route because of all the traffic. Fortunately my employer was understanding. My boss was in the same predicament. You could not get anywhere on the freeway. If you were lucky to get off the freeway, you were stuck in traffic. Traffic in Sacramento is another blog post for another day, though.
We have had snow here, too. A few years ago (2010?) we had snow. I remember waking up very early one morning, going out on my dark back porch, and getting snow flurries. That was a magical moment. I loved it. It did not last.
As much as the weather forecasters would LOVE to rant about the 'big Sacramento snow storm", it really better NOT ever happen. Because Sacramento doesn't do snow. At all. The entire county would shut down. We have no snowplows. No way of clearing the streets. Forget about driving. Most folks don't even have snow shovels. People would have to call in and take a personal day from work and stay home. I would love it, my kids would love it, yet I know the reality. It would be called a "Snowpocalypse". Snow in Sacramento would make the National News. They would fly someone from New York in to see our 'big' snow. Meanwhile, people in the Midwest would have a good laugh at our expense. because they know that we know we don't handle snow at all.
This week, another 'water' anomaly concerns me a little. FROST. Not quite rain, not quite snow, definitely COLD. If the streets are wet, that can turn into ICE. Another thing Sacramento does not do well. Icy roads = more traffic snarls. What can I do as a mere resident? Cover up my plants and hope for the best.