12/18/2008:

Look at this – it’s not even the first day of winter yet, and we’ve already been issued our first “winter storm watch!” Hooray! (heck, it even snowed in Vegas!)

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Yay, snow is coming!

We all love snow at this time of year (except those angry bastards that hate it). The fluffy flakes plus Christmas lights and decorations can make some folks feel all warm and fuzzy. Break out the hot chocolate (and booze!)

Anyway, those who “dream of a white Christmas” may get their wish. The storm that came through Tuesday night and early Wednesday was just the first of a series of snow and ice events. Each will follow a similar path from the Great Plains to the mid-Atlantic coast, and each has a chance of putting down a significant amount of snow.

The next week to 10 days has a similar pattern of storm systems trekking across the country – so do an inventory check of your winter weather gear now!

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Significant snowfall possible Friday and Friday night…

The National Weather Service says:

LOW PRESSURE NOW TAKING SHAPE OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN STATES WILL MOVE ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY AND PASS SOUTH OF LONG ISLAND FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT.

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING.

SNOW IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD THE REGION FRIDAY MORNING… AND COULD BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES IN THE AFTERNOON. THE SNOW MAY MIX WITH SLEET AND RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON… ESPECIALLY ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE OF LONG ISLAND. THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 OR MORE INCHES.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW… SLEET… OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.