I'm not sure what it is about Saint Louis, but every time there's even a whiff of snow in a forecast, we enter full-on hoarding mode.
Milk, eggs, bread, and toilet paper fly off the shelves. Liquor, beer, and wine often accompany them. Most of the time these winter storm warnings never pan out – 5-8" of snow are predicted and the region gets a dusting at best.
This one feels a little different, though. From the National Weather Service:
Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations between 6 and 16 inches, sleet accumulations around three quarters of an inch, and ice accumulations around three tenths of an inch possible.
In a word: Holy shit.
It gets worse:
The strong winds and weight of snow on tree limbs may down power lines and could cause sporadic power outages. Significant ice accumulation on power lines and tree limbs may cause widespread and long-lasting power outages. Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Travel could be nearly impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the Wednesday morning, Wednesday evening, and Thursday morning commutes.
We went to the grocery store last night and have all the makings for Disaster French Toast – the milk, bread, and eggs, anyway. Last Friday I ran to Costco and have two boxes of Cabernet Savignon, so we're set on that front.
The only thing left is to see if the kids get a snow day in this age of remote learning due to COVID. I pulled out the sleds with the shovels so we can knock off and have a good time, regardless.
Some forecast models - mainly the GFS model, that sneaky devil - have predicted up to 26" of snow. To the best of my (limited) knowledge, that kind of accumulation would obliterate any historical snowfall record. All this on the 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of '82.