Ever since I was little, living in Buffalo, NY, I've always thought it's "bad luck" to talk about snow. It's like the weather gods hear you and dump it from the sky. I don't listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving and winter clothes don't come out until it's freezing outside. But since I've worked in news, you have to prepare for the unexpected.
Yep, that's how we in the news business prepare for bad weather. As you know, we're the ones who go in to cover the story when everyone else heads out. When businesses close early, chances are, we're staying late. When school is delayed, that means we're probably in early or never left the newsroom - the reason for the sleeping bag. (Even if it's never used!)
Lauren Davis was ready to spend the night in the newsroom when the ice storm moved in Wednesday night. A sleeping bag and pillow now sit at her desk. (Not sure if she forgot it or she's keeping it here so she's ALWAYS prepared?) Dozens of staff members did pull an all-nighter. One because we want to be here to make sure we can get important safety information to you and also because it's not always safe for us to leave at certain hours either. (Like right in the middle of the ice storm!)
Along with sleeping gear we also bring a change of clothes. I always keep a bag with jeans, boots, sneakers, socks and a shirt in my trunk - you never know when the high heels and skirt just won't cut it! But when the snow and ice come, the "winter weather bag" includes long johns, rain boots, 2 pairs of socks, jeans, a turtleneck and a hat.
Even though bad weather days mean long hours, I can't complain. Since we don't get "winter weather" very often in East Tennessee, it's exciting when it does come. I should probably be careful when I say stuff like that. Since I'm superstitious, that statement will end up costing me a few days sleeping at Hotel WVLT.