I had an extraordinarily easy drive to work this morning thanks to the Chicken-Little-esque news reporting of the Chicago area's anticipated snow storm.
Originally forecast to begin at Noon yesterday, then at 3:00 PM, then at 6:00 PM, the snow finally began falling about 11:00 PM. Instead of the promised 9-inches by this morning we had about two-inches, and it's not much more at 3:00 PM today.
The panicked or indolent cancelled business and school pre-emptively, or opted out without benefit of institutional sanction, and I suspect it was the absence of this latter group from traffic this morning that made the drive so smooth.
I've always been rather disgusted by the end-of-the-world tenor of weather reporting, but the easy drive this morning has made me ambivalent. If terrifying the public about a snow storm dissuades the most timid drivers from venturing onto the roads, thus expediting my drive to the office, I guess I could learn to live with it.