Watching CNN this morning, I was impressed by the animated graphic “StormWatch,” followed by the important announcement that in Watertown, New York there’ll be lake-effect snow today. “The snow will begin piling up,” the meteorologist said. “They could get up to two inches!”
Two inches? Upstate weenies.
When did we start getting so unnerved by average snowfall?
In Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, where the biggest scandal used to be not plowing the highway within a few minutes of when snow fell on it, held a news conference in advance of the big weekend storm, which we’re shrugging off like good Minnesotans by talking about it non-stop.
The news conference started 15 minutes before the news conference in St. Paul that may reveal the state’s economy is going belly-up. Which story do you think will lead the nightly news?
Blogging buddy Craig Edwards over at Updraft advised, “If you have shopping on your to do list for Saturday, you’ll want to take advantage of the Early Bird Special and find yourself safely back home around lunch time.”
Over at WCCO, Paul Douglas “recommended doing your weekend errands Friday night, early Saturday morning or late Sunday evening.”
In other words, get back in your homes by the time the snow starts.
Over the course of the storm, which is to last through Saturday night, we’re expected to get 6-10″ of snow.
We’re in full sky-is-falling mode. We’ll play Snow Storm Bingo – Sningo! — to prove it.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts where he was vice president of programming for Berkshire Broadcasting Company. Previously, he was an editor at the RKO Radio network in New York, and WHDH Radio in Boston. He was the founder of MPR News’ website.