Here in the Near South we have Nearly Winter. There’s hardly any snow and temperatures usually stay within a tolerable range. Our Springs are glorious, Autumns colorful, and Summers are blazing hot. But Winter is mostly just blah with its miserable grey skies and weather that never gets cold enough to break out Aunt Minnie’s old fur coat.
But then there’s the odd week in January or February that suddenly shows up with a frigid spell and a dusting of white stuff. The snow hangs around for a few days, then melts off as if it never happened. That’s just enough to remind us what winter is like everywhere else and what we are missing. A near-miss of a winter. And that’s near enough!