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Steve, your "Snow Bomb" report brings to mind the Blizzard of '78. Dozens of people died -- many of them stranded in their cars after they ignored warnings to stay home. Gov. Rhodes called in the National Guard and the Ohio Turnpike was closed for the first and only time in its history. State authorities plowed a 30-foot-high snow barricade across Route 30 to keep people off the roads.

I reminisced about it here. The video at the top of the post with the news coverage from that week is amazing (well, the video is actually pretty crummy by today's standards, but the audio is pretty good). Being stranded in a vehicle was infinitely more dangerous back then due to the 1970s-era gas-guzzling cars. Once you ran out of gas, you had the choice to either abandon your icy tomb and face the hurricane-force winds and snow drifts or stay in your car until help arrived -- or you died.

The moral of the story: When authorities tell you to stay home, you listen.

Meanwhile, it's a balmy 72 degrees in Ohio and I'm enjoying my outside office at the PJM Wayne County bureau (aka the back deck) for the first time this year. Glorious! (Sorry, Steve.)