By M. Scott Morris
TUPELO – Wednesday’s gray and sometimes icy drizzle wasn’t exactly a winter wonderland.
Thanks to weather forecasts, school was closed and schedules were changed. Even though the snow never materialized, people still got out in the elements.
Eddie Simmons, 56, of Tupelo, said he didn’t care what the weather did as he walked along Church Street. He pulled a hood over his head, stuck his hands in his pockets and got moving.
“Be honest with you, as far as the weather is concerned, I’m the sort of person who is outdoors all the time,” Simmons said. “Whether it’s raining or snowing, it doesn’t matter if you’re outside all the time.
“To some people it’s miserable. To me it’s a spring day. I’m out all the time.”
Over on Green Street, James Jefferies, 51, of Tupelo, was walking to check on his kids.
“I know we were supposed to get snow down here,” Jefferies said. “I used to live in Wisconsin, so I don’t worry about this kind of weather.”
As far as his kids were concerned, Jefferies suspected they didn’t care that Wednesday turned out to be more gray than white.
“They are 15 and 18, so they would’ve just sat around the house and said, ‘Oh, it’s snowing,’” he said. “That’s it. They’re just glad they didn’t have to go to school. That’s all.”
Barton Ramsey, 26, of Tupelo, was sweating the forecast on Tuesday because Wednesday was the day he’d scheduled for a moving company to transport his belongings from Jackson Street to Belden.
“I thought we would have to cancel. I thought we would have to move it to another day, timing-wise,” Ramsey said. “Not snowing helped us. Hopefully, we’ll get done and not have to worry about any ice later.”
Jenna Jolly, 12, and James Jolly, 8, hit the road for part of their day off from school.
“He’s training for his first 5k,” Jenna said, “and I just did my first half marathon Saturday.”
The pair ran two miles during Tuesday’s snow day, when they also made snow angels.
“I threw snow at my sister’s back,” James said.
Since they’re in training, running happens no matter what the weather does, but the Jollys were clear about their preference.
“I hope it snows,” Jenna said.
“Maybe it will,” James said. “We were going to put snow in a bowl.”
“We were going to make ice cream out of it,” Jenna said.
“Yeah,” James said.