Blizzard Watch

So far this year New York City has had one of the warmest, driest winters on record. We've had about 3 inches of snow in total, and there have been very few days where the temperature dipped below 30 degrees, and for the most part has been in the 40's and 50's, even getting as high as the 60's at times.

However we are currently under a Blizzard Watch. Beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing until mid afternoon on Sunday we are expecting to receive 6 to 12 inches of snow, with temperatures in the 30's and windchills in the teens.

I'm going to make a secret admission now. I tell everyone that I hate winter. That I hate being cold, I hate snow, I hate everything about it. But here's the thing: That's really only partially true.

I do hate being cold and I spent most of my life in a place where what we've been experiencing the past few months IS the average winter. It hardly ever got below 30 degrees, and even a few inches of snow crippled the city for days. So I've been programmed to believe that if it snows you stay home, and ride it out, not emerging again until it's "safe."

The problem is that I've been in the northeast for 5 years now, and I've developed an appreciation for snow, at least in the early stages. Those first few hours really are pretty, and it does magical things for the New York City landscape. It doesn't really begin to get ugly until a day or two later when it has all turned gray and slushy and refreezes on the sidewalks. That's when I really hate it.

In the end I have to admit that I'm looking forward to this weekend. I don't really need to go out in it, so I can sit in my room and watch it fall without having to really experience the messy side of things, and I get to see some snow finally.

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