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How to Deal with Snowstorms

It's winter here in the Copper Country and that means SNOW.

To keep from going crazy, the fact of snow has to be embraced with open arms. This weekend we are predicted to get up to 15 inches or more of the white stuff, and since it's been snowing big fluffy flakes all morning-

Safe bet we will likely get the amount predicted.

At least we don't name our storms.

I was watching the weather channel at the doctor's office last week while I was waiting for my baby check-up. The people on the show were discussing a named winter storm out in the mountains and I laughed a little to myself. If we named winter storms around here, we'd run out of names.

Last I checked, the snow report total for Keweenaw County this year is already 167.3 inches (almost 14 feet). And it's still got a long way to go before winter is over.

The snow is inevitable- like death and taxes. So what's a person to do?

Play in it, duh.
Sure, we have to move it, drive in it, dress appropriately for i…
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