Snow day

February 9, 2010 1:57:16 PM PST
I never had a snow day in school. If there was frost on the lawn overnight in Los Angeles, where I grew up, that was really something.

But I moved to New York when my eldest child was just three months old, so I learned quickly about the thrills that kids get when school is out for a snow day. And about the tsuris a snow day causes parents, who have to scramble for child care.

If you can get out of work, it can be a blast, hanging at home with the family, or by yourself. But if you have to work, the snow storm presents all sorts of problems. Getting to work and getting home are the first challenges.

And so tomorrow, we're here, coming in early and staying late. The storm heading our way will start off relatively slowly overnight, and then take off. How much snow we'll end up with is a work in progress, in terms of forecasting. But meteorologist Lee Goldberg says we'll get anywhere from 12 to 18 inches, depending on where in the tri-state we live.

That's a major storm in anyone's book.

For all the kids out there who will have a snow day - like my two eldest - enjoy it - it's only the third New York City snow day in the past eight years. And, if I can offer some parental advice, also use it to catch up and, gasp, even get ahead with your school work.

(I've emailed my kids with that advice; I've yet to hear back from them!)

And for all the adults who have to go to work, and for those who get to stay home, we'll be here - on the air as much as required, and at all times on the web, at 7Online.Com.

Lee will have a detailed forecast, tonight at 11.

The Governor of New York was supposed to talk about the state's plans for the coming storm, but David Paterson instead ended up talking about the wild speculation that's surrounding his political future. What a circus this all has become, with rumors and innuendo flying, and the Governor the only one talking about it publicly. Talk about the tail wagging the dog.

We'll also have any breaking news tonight, plus Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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