Friday, December 10, 2010

Snow Hype

As of 4 pm today, my Twin Cities suburb is under a Winter Storm Warning. Local and national weather forecasters are predicting anywhere from 6-20 inches of snow. One forecaster boldly called this a "once in a hundred years snow." Blizzard warnings are already in place southwest of here. With 40-50 mph winds expected, blowing snow will cut visibility and cause the snow to pile up into 2 foot high drifts. This isn't even factoring in the subzero temperatures with the winds that will drive the temperature down well below zero with wind chills plummeting to -30° to -40° below zero.

Is this just snow hype? Washington, DC weather forecasters take the prize for snow hype. But this is Minnesota, and Minnesotans know snow. If it's truly a "real" snowstorm, hockey practice and basketball tournaments may well be cancelled.

I'm hoping it's not snow hype as I'm all stocked up for being house-bound over the weekend. Judging by the crowds of shoppers stocking up at Costco this afternoon, I'm not alone.

For those of you who don't live in Minnesota, I'll keep you posted on the upcoming snow of the century.  If this is all true, I may not want to venture outdoors until Monday. Until then, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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