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Christmas on hold?

December 22, 2009 - Per Peterson
We’ve all been here before. The rumors about the great blizzard started Sunday. Different people hear different things. Well, KELO says this. I heard CCO said this. The Weather Channel, oh wait, they don’t care about southwestern Minnesota unless a town gets torn apart by a tornado. Everyone’s got their sources, but the truth is none of us know what’s going to happen with the weather this week. The most consistent rumor is 10-14 inches with 20-25 mph winds. Yes, that would constitute a blizzard. Then again, the storm could stay south, maybe east, nail Albert Lea and Rochester and leave us with two inches of fresh snow for Christmas. Then again, we could get hammered and everyone stuck at work or in their homes with no chance of going anywhere. Then again, it could be 49 degrees by Thursday. Then again … This is what makes living in Minnesota so damn fun, isn’t it? We can’t plan our lives because of the weather. It’s controlling us, and we can’t do anything about it. The kicker here is, it's happening at the worst time of the year, when everyone is either waiting for relatives to get to their place or are planning on heading out themselves. Like Christmas isn't stressful enough. So here’s what I would do: Stock up on food and presents — if you already haven’t — and plan on a nice, small, intimate little Christmas, sans guests. That way, if the latest storm of the decade comes through, you won’t be stuck away from home. Besides, if partying is what you're after, you've always got New Year's.


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