Snowmaggedon. Snowpocalypse. Snoprah Winfrey. In the last four days, I think I've heard enough snow storm nicknames to last me a life time. Yes, we've been hearing about this storm for four days now. And just when did we start naming snow storms?
Granted, the great city of Chicago sees an annual average snowfall of just 38 inches. And in February? That drops to 7.9 inches. I understand why people have spent the last 3 days stocking up on canned goods and toilet paper.
Round one of the storm was supposed to start at 1pm CST, dropping 1-2 inches per hour, until 4 pm. We're past 2pm now and the sidewalks have a light dusting on them.
However, the "MAIN EVENT" is supposed to start dropping 3-4 inches of snow starting at 9pm, continuing until 5am. So, doing the math, thats 24-32 inches over the course of 8 hours. Not too shabby, really.. that is, if it happens. I've heard this weather forecasting stuff isn't the most exact science.
Here's a friendly hint: That shiny new snowblower you waited 4 hours in line to buy yesterday isn't going to do you much good if you can't get to your garage...