Mid-Southerners Told of Winter Weather Just as Spring Arrives
(Memphis) Mid-South residents and travelers braced for possible snow Thursday night, just as spring flowers started to bloom.
While snowfall did not make it to the Memphis metro area, a wintery mix threatened the Mid-South air overnight.
Tammy Dockery, traveling from East Tennessee to Texas, said, “It’s already spring. And I came in shorts, and I had to switch over to pants. That’s why nothing matches.”
She stopped at a West Memphis gas station to buy some pants.
Phillip Wiley was also traveling, and wasn’t prepared to bring long sleeves.
“I didn’t bring any. I didn’t think it was going to be cold. I thought it was going to be nice,” Wiley said.
His strategy was to get home fast, to South Texas.
“When I get home it’s going to be 90-something degrees. So yeah, it’s real weird,” he said.
While flowers started blooming along many Memphis streets, people prepared for near-freezing temperatures.
“It’s a little strange, but it’s Tennessee,” one traveler said.
LaToya Thomas, a West Memphis mom, said she would simply put her kids in “jacket, scarf, gloves, the works,” knowing full well the next day may be 70 degrees.