To all the misplaced Northerners who roll their eyes and shake their heads at your new neighbors' apoplexy anytime winter weather of any kind or degree hits, I have this to say: Just let us enjoy it.
We like freaking out about it. We like watching the weather non-stop. We like calling our friends and family and asking "Is it snowing there?? It's snowing here! Snow! Ahhh!"
The truth is, snow and ice are rare enough around here that treating it as an anomaly to be marveled at is an all too appropriate reaction. I remember interning at The Orange County Register in California one summer and rolling my eyes and shaking my head when "heavy" rain (over an inch!) elicited Page One coverage. I was wrong to do so. Californians were entitled to their curiosity and wonderment over rain, as Southerners are to snow.
So, let us have this one. Or, better yet, get into the spirit! View the snow as both a welcome reminder of your hometown and an occasion to celebrate the novelty of it.
Without further ado, check out these pics from the lighting of the Lucky Strike tower at the American Tobacco Campus on Friday night, which drew more than 1,000 people getting into the holiday spirit - aided by an unseasonable winter chill.