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Will we have a white Christmas? Folks paying more attention to the weatherman today than to Santa Claus

Date published: 12/24/2010

THE BIG topic of conversation this week has not been Santa Claus but weather.

How much snow will we get this weekend? That's been the question on almost everyone's lips.

Since Monday morning, all the TV weather forecasters have been discussing the possibility of a Christmas snowstorm and that has everyone--snow lovers and snow haters alike--all agitated.

First, the snow was going to start tonight and continue into tomorrow. If we could resurrect Bing Crosby, the forecasters implied, we were in for a storybook white Christmas just like the ones we never knew.

The children and romantics all beamed at the very thought of a real Norman Rockwell Christmas. Only the snowplow drivers cringed.

Then the computer models changed and the snow was going to start tomorrow. Still a white Christmas, but this storm would begin too late to help Santa's sleigh make smoother rooftop landings.

OK, that's great--unless the storm drags its heels and carries over into Sunday, when the kids have to drive home.

Now both parents and snowplow drivers began to get a little uneasy.

Ah, but wait! Maybe we won't have a white Christmas but maybe a white day after Christmas! That's what the TV weather weathermen began to say by Wednesday.

Now everyone who had to work Monday and would spend Christmas 25 or more miles away from home began to worry. Suddenly, contingency plans started to be formulated.

The "when" has been bad enough, but the "how much" is driving everybody nuts--more nuts than folks already are at Christmas.

Smiles on their faces, meteorologists on Monday were hinting at the possibility of a couple of inches of snow this weekend, just enough to put everyone in the Christmas spirit but not enough to interfere with travel plans.

By Wednesday, though, TV forecasters were playing the "possible scenario" game and suggesting the possibility of a full-blown East Coast snowstorm.

At noon Wednesday, one Washington forecaster said that all the computers were coming together on the latter. By 6 p.m., that TV station changed back to a few inches.

Wednesday night, two Richmond TV weathermen were predicting the possibility of "the perfect storm," one to two feet of snow for everyone east of Interstate 95.

Suddenly, there was panic among the multitudes, and travelers and merchants were ready to shoot Norman Rockwell and Bing Crosby.

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