As I write this we are awaiting what I call “snowmageddon” — a huge snowstorm of Biblical proportion — which weather forecasters are predicting will blanket Genesee County with as much as 15 inches of the white stuff.
OK, calling it “of Biblical proportionss” may be overdoing it just a bit, but the way forecasters talk you’d think it was the end of the world. Every time we are supposed to get a lot of snow, the TV stations would have you think we’re about to be wiped away by a wall of snow a mile high.
With this particular event they started out predicting eight inches, then 12 and now its something is a range from 8-15 inches. You’d think with modern technology, Doppler radar and all that jazz, we’d be able to determine how much snow we’re getting, where it will fall and when it will start.
But since we can’t seem to narrow it down to something reasonable, predictions run all across the board and everyone gets worked up. People rushing to the store to stock up on food, gassing up their cars, getting generators ready — and we don’t even know for certain we’re getting anything significant.
It’s so funny how this paranoia over heavy snowfall just continues to grow once it begins. Television stations have “Storm Team Coverage” and once the snowfall begins they’ll be out at overpasses overlooking I-75 and I-69 doing remote broadcasts so you can see the poor reporter bundled up in a warm coat trying to keep from freezing as they tell you what you already figured out by sticking your head out the window at home — it’s snowing.
Kids, of course, love these snowstorms because they wait in anticipation of what they expect will be a glorious, beloved “snow day.” You know, the day they get to take off school, sit around the house playing video games and watching MTV while we, the grownups have to find a way to make it to our places of employment because, despite the weather, we have a job to do?
Boy, I’ll bet they’d be really disappointed if the snowfall misses us entirely. All those sad little faces as they show up for school on what they thought would be a snow day. Maybe there is something good to come out of these trumped up snow alerts — making kids go to school when they thought they were getting a day off.
Of course, since I’m writing this before the impending storm, it may end up being the “snowpocalypse” the experts are calling for and everything will be shut down. I remember the huge snowstorm of 2000, driving home to Davison from Pontiac that night along M-15 as the road very quickly filled in with snow. By the time I reached Ortonville there was one lane visible. By the time I got to Goodrich there were no lanes left. When I got to my then-home in Davison I had a sense of satisfaction that I’d made it — only to pull in my driveway and get stuck at the end of it.
Let’s hope this isn’t another 2000 snowstorm. But if it is, all I can say is stay warm and enjoy the Blizzard of 2011.