Tell me that there are other parts of the country where people just lose their minds over the "threat" of snow.
By threat, I mean an accumulation of one inch.
Weathermen (and women) here have been talking about "the first snowstorm of the season" for most of the week now. Tonight there were reports of packed supermarkets. (It is somewhat of a phenomenon here that whenever there is snow in the forcast, you must go get milk, eggs, and bread. The joke is that there will be a lot of French toast being made on such occasions.) But I think the entire region needs a freakin' therapist because there is something truly warped about the collective mentality here in these parts that causes a communal panic at the mention of an unmentionable four letter word beginning with S.
People of my mother and mother-in-law's generation (you know, the ones who had to walk 10 miles to school barefoot in 20 feet of snow) are especially prone to this sort of flaky agita. Both my mother and my mother in law seem to feed off of this.
As an example, I need to travel back up to PA on Sunday to do a speaking engagement at my former church that is literally within minutes of my mother's house. I haven't told her yet that I will be in the neighborhood (because she will be worried sick about me driving on the roads a full day after the snow) but she reads this blog, so now she won't be surprised if I stop by for lunch.
To illustrate what I am talking about, here's the "BREAKING NEWS" headline (is there any other kind?) on Philly.com tonight.
Snow shovels ready?
An inch or more of snow is likely by Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
"The only question now is how much" will fall in the city and its surrounding counties, said Greg Heavener with the service's Mount Holly office.
First, rain is expected tomorrow, followed by a mix of rain and snow in the afternoon.
"Once the sun goes down, we should be seeing snow for eight, nine hours," he said.
How much will stick is unclear, as temperatures flirt with the freezing mark.
"It might double, be like 2 to 3 inches, by Sunday morning," he said.
Don't start thinking of snowmen, though.
"It might be a little too slushy for that kind of stuff," he said.
As is often the case, areas west and north of the city could see the most snow, the Jersey Shore the least.
Dec. 5 has had significant snow four of the last seven years - 2007, 2005, 2003 and 2002 - but coincidence is likely the best explanation, Heavener said.
As for further worries about flurries, a storm could develop for Tuesday night, but today that one seems likely to bring just rain, he said.
For more on the forecast, go to http://go.philly.com/weather
Stay tuned. And oh ... enjoy your French toast.