If You’re Dreaming Of A White Christmas, Head East
If you have actually been dreaming of a “White Christmas,” then you may want to head east for the holidays.
A huge winter storm is making it’s way through the upper mid-west and the plains states, as winter storm watches and warnings have been issued for millions of Americans. Meteorologists are forecasting blizzard conditions through out many northern states. There will be snow and gusty winds causing snow drifts in some regions. Wind chill factors could go as low as -20° to -40° in states like Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Of course, this massive winter storm could not come at a worse time. In an article written by Alex Sosnowski on AccuWeather.com, he quotes the American Automobile Association‘s estimation that over 112 million Americans plan to travel at least 50 miles from home between December 23 through January 2.
So, if you were dreaming of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” actually happening, your dreams are coming true this week. But actually getting to those regions that will be hit by this storm is going to be very difficult. Major travel hubs like Denver and Minneapolis are already expecting flight delays and cancellations. Then, the ripple effect occurs throughout the rest of the nation, even in places like Las Vegas which will not be hit with this inclement weather. In fact, high temperatures in Southern Nevada are expected to rise into the upper 50s and low 60s during the Christmas holiday weekend.
I don’t know if you are a Las Vegas native or not, but many of us who call Southern Nevada home, did not grow up here. I spent 15 years in New York City, followed by seven years in Vermont, so I have seen my share of blizzards, snow storms, ice storms, frigid temperatures, frozen or bursting water pipes, and the inevitable dirty snow and slush that follows a storm like this. Sure, freshly fallen snow looks beautiful, peaceful, and serene. But, you eventually have to leave the warmth and comfort of your home. That means dusting the snow off of your vehicle, scraping the ice off your windshield, and shoveling the snow from the driveway to give yourself a path to leave. I don’t miss any of that at all!
Suffice it to say, I do not dream of a “White Christmas,” but if you have travel plans during the holidays, I certainly hope you arrive safely at your final destination. If you have family and friends coming to Las Vegas during the holiday season, I hope they arrive on time, and safely, as well. Merry Christmas!
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.