Off to the Great, White ______.

Ah, the possibilities of filling in the blank. Disaster? Wonderland? Trainwreck? White-out?

I’m about to embark on a cross-country adventure back home to see my family in the small town of Scandia, Minnesota. The problem is, a massive storm is a-brewin’ and we’re going to meet face to face when I get there. According the, here are some highlights from Meteorologist Paul Douglas:

  • This has the potential to be the biggest snowstorm since Halloween, 1991.
  • Potential for 1-2 feet of snow Saturday, with 2-5 foot drifts during the PM hours.
  • Close to blizzard criteria – best chance of white-out conditions south/west of the metro area.
  • Winter Storm Warning for much of Minnesota/Wisconsin. Blizzard Watch for SW MN.
  • Wind chills Saturday night dip down to -20 to -35, extreme danger zone.
Halloween Blizzard of 1991

I remember the Halloween snowstorm of 1991. In fact, I think I still have the t-shirt back at my parent’s house (yes, t-shirts were made in celebration (or survival) of the event. So in other words, this is a big event. There was about 3 feet of snow that Halloween and life just stopped. People ate the candy they planned to give away to trick-or-treaters. No man or woman was immune from slapping an extra 4 lbs. on their frame the week after.

I love white Christmases. However, it’s not Christmas (and is it even winter yet?). So this is going to be an interesting journey. It could turn into big problem because following Mother Nature’s blast of snow is her bitterly cold temps.  -25 to -35 degree wind chills? That’s ‘eyelid-freeze-shut-when-you-blink’ type temperatures. I’m not kidding. That happens. The freeze together momentarily every time you blink. Very odd feeling.

Well, I’m nearly packed, about to head into work for two more newscasts, then it’s off to see the Wizard. No idea what that means, because I have no idea what I’m in for. Wish me luck.

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