Columbia’s streets were quiet most of Monday.
But sledding hills and front yards prime with snow were full of action, as Midlands kids got the day off for fun.
In Five Points, virtually every business was closed Monday morning, except for one convenience store. Most people out and about were walking — or sledding.
A group of kids turned hilly Crestwood Drive in Shandon into a track for plastic, seldom-used sleds. The sledding slowed down later as a lively snowball fight broke out.
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While the snow covering the Midlands turned tree-lined Shandon into a wonderland of fun for kids, it left adults wondering whether the urban canopy would down power lines.
"Take a look; ice is coming down,’’ said Monteith Noble, as he trudged up Saluda Avenue near Five Points. “I’m in the landscaping business, and I’m expecting to get a lot of calls with the limbs down.”
From the looks of things, most shoppers took the day off, leaving the normally congested Harbison Boulevard mostly quiet through Monday afternoon.
“We’ve not had any traffic collision reports or calls from anyone saying, ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,’” Irmo Police Chief Brian Buck said Monday morning.
That morning, Buck was out shoveling his driveway in Hilton — a dose of cold reality, after just returning from a three-week vacation in sunny Australia.