As my home state of Connecticut prepares for the oncoming blizzard, there are a few things to keep in mind:
The blizzard will hit on Monday night and continue through Tuesday. But the roads will be cleared and stores will be open by Wednesday, which means we are talking about about 36 hours trapped indoors.
And you’ll probably spend about 16 of those hours sleeping.
This is not a big deal. Even if you lose power, which will suck, it’s not a big deal.
I’d also like to remind my fellow New Englanders that blizzards are not exactly uncommon in our neck of the woods. In the last five years, New England – and specifically Connecticut – has been hit by three major blizzards, more than two dozen snowstorms of a foot or more, and an October nor’easter which did more damage than all of the blizzards combined.
- Blizzard of 2013: 24-40 inches
- Blizzard of 2011: 20-30 inches
- Halloween nor-easter of 2011: 18 inches of snow and a majority of residents without power for more than a week
- Blizzard of 2010: 12-24 inches of snow
We’ve seen this before. We’ll see it again. We live in New England. It shouldn’t be a surprise.
Also, you probably had enough bread and milk to get you through Wednesday.