I will give credit where credit is due. The weather scarecasters were half correct on their snow forecast for my area. I watched their clip they posted on their website [I personally do not watch the live news broadcast] and they did say the snow took longer to get here than originally predicted. It's in full force right now as the snow is piling up as I type in the comfy of my warm office with the fireplace blazing.
Now I do have to complain about something and the people who live in Minnesota. Do you not realize it snows in the winter? Have we forgotten what this area can give us this time of the year? We are not called 'Minne-snow-ta' for nothing.
Friday before any snow really started to hit, I had to make a trip to the grocery store to pick up some night time cough medicine for my children who are battling the flu. I find my one item and head to the cashier to pay. There are at least ten people in the eight or nine lines that were open. I'd never seen the lines this long on a Friday night. One would have thought it was the typical Saturday crowd purchasing a months worth of food. Not so, the weather scarecasters had done their job and everyone was in a panic.
while standing in line with my one item, there was a teacher in front of me. While chatting with her about the absurd lines, she mentioned that several of her studets had called in already and said they would not be coming to class the next morning. Keep in mind, it hadn't started snowing yet but they panicked and thought there would be snow up to their belly buttons by morning. They were wrong, but the weather scarecasters worked their mind altering magic on the young minds.
Lastly, my wife is a nurse and she will be headed into work about two hours early as several of the staff have called to say they would not make it to work because the roads will be bad in the morning. At the time of their call, it had snowed about one inch total. Wouldn't it make more sense to call in after the snow falls to see if it's worth calling in because the roads are bad? Again, the weather scarecasters were successful in scaring the hell out of everyone.
I'm making a plea to all Minnesotans, it snows here during the winter season. Be prepared and for goodness sakes, unless this is your first winter here, you should know how to deal with the snow. This is NOT a warm climate state where they do not have snow plows. We all should know how to deal with this type of weather already. It snowed last year, and the year before, and so on. Unless you're an out of state transplant like Chris and Deb of the Minneapolis Daily Photo, you really don't have an excuse. Although they have lived in Minnesota for 13 years now and I would bet they know how to handle the snow by now.