Welcomed or not, snow reminds seasonal visitors of home

Welcomed or not, snow reminds seasonal visitors of home

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - While so many in southern Arizona celebrate the snow that's started the new year, plenty of seasonal visitors would prefer to enjoy winter without it.

Some folks at Cactus Country RV Park off Houghton and I-10 southeast of Tucson like to joke it was the snowbirds who brought the wintry mix with them.

If that's the case, Kip Williams knows the blame isn't on him. He arrived from Michigan several weeks ago to sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s.

"I woke up this morning, opened the door and I looked out and though 'not again'," he said.

Williams has wintered in Arizona for roughly 17 years, with most of that time spent on a ranch in Kingman. This is his first venture into RV living. He's adjusting to the smaller space, but the sharp drop in temperature recently caught him off guard.

"They don't insulate these too much," joked Williams.

He saw combat serving in Vietnam and survived a widow-maker heart attack, so Williams won't let a little snow ruin his seasonal stay in Pima County.

"I know it won’t last,” he said. "Anywhere you go isn't Heaven, so sometimes you tough it out."

Just a few lots down from Williams is Dwight Chastain and his wife. The retirees moved from Michigan two years ago. Chastain said this week's weather has been a nice reminder of home.

"If it lasts a few more days, or even a week or two, I'd be happy with it," he said.

Chastain doesn’t consider himself a snowbird. After living in Arizona this long, they’re proud locals with plans to move into a larger home this year. In the meantime, they’re making the most of their community consisting of folks from the midwest, east coast and as far north as Canada.

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