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Ah, the rare and magical Arkansas snowstorm – a mystical event that turns the Natural State into a winter wonderland, complete with snow-covered pines and the sound of sleds careening down hills. Even a small amount of snow can stop traffic, close schools and empty grocery store shelves. Fear not, fellow Arkansans! Here are 10 tongue-in-cheek, yet somewhat practical, ways to not just survive but thrive during a snowstorm.
You’ve heard the jokes, and you’ve seen the memes – when the first snow forecast makes the rounds on social media, Arkansans must rush to the nearest grocery store and hoard milk and bread like they’re made of gold. Because clearly, no one can brave a snowstorm without a fridge full of milk sandwiches!
Snow in Arkansas is like powdered sugar on a funnel cake – it’s meant to be savored. Grab a bowl, scoop up some freshly fallen snow, add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, and voilà! You’ve just created a Southern delicacy known as snow cream. Bonus points if you can convince your neighbors that it’s a secret family recipe. Check out our Snow Ice Cream post for the complete recipe.
Forget the ski resorts; in Arkansas, we have the best sledding hills right in our own backyards, local parks and school playgrounds. Scout out the steepest hill in the neighborhood and challenge all comers to a downhill race. Of course, you may not own a sled if you live in Arkansas. Some creative substitutes include cookie sheets, laundry baskets, pool tubes and shower curtains. I’ve even seen someone use an old car hood!
Why settle for traditional snowmen when you can unleash your inner sculptor? Challenge your friends and neighbors to a snow sculpture contest. From mythical creatures to abstract art, let your creativity run wild. You could even take some inspiration from some of Arkansas’s unique sculptures and art gardens. You can even commemorate some of Arkansas’s school mascots with snow! Just don’t forget to take a stroll around the neighborhood to admire everyone’s frozen masterpieces.
Pull out a few strings of Christmas lights, don your best Christmas jammies then take a page from Aunt Bethany’s book and gather things from around the house, wrap them up, and give them as gifts to each other. White Christmases are rare in Arkansas, so instead of waiting for snow to fall in December, revive a bit of Christmas magic when the snow does fall.
Navigating the snowy parking lots of Arkansas requires innovation. Fashion makeshift “snow-tire” chains for your shopping cart using zip ties and cardboard. You’ll be the envy of everyone trying to wheel their way through the slush.
If your power goes out, don’t panic. Embrace the igloo lifestyle by building a temporary snow shelter in your backyard. Build a warm campfire by the entrance and decorate it with comfy blankets – because who said survival can’t be stylish?
When the local news predicts an inch of snow and the entire state goes into panic mode, you need to have your “Snowpocalypse” face ready. Master the art of looking concerned while secretly reveling in the excitement of a snow day then snap a selfie and post it on your social channels.
Dress up your snowmen in the most fashionable ensembles you can find. Raid your closet for scarves, sunglasses, and hats and let your frosty models strut their stuff.
On the list of things not to do during an Arkansas snowstorm, attempting the “Southerner Slip ‘n Slide” is near the top. This ill-advised activity involves yelling, “Hold my Coke and watch this,” before running and sliding on icy sidewalks in an attempt to reenact a Winter Olympics event. Trust us; it’s a one-way ticket to the emergency room. Driving on Arkansas’s icy roads is also ill-advised.
So there you have it – 10 lighthearted ways to not just survive but thrive during an Arkansas snowstorm. Remember, snow in the South is a rare and beautiful thing, so embrace it with open arms and a warm winter hat. Stay safe, stay warm, and most importantly, stay silly!
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