Since when did snow in the forecast constitute a storm?
It's going to snow. Period.
Boston meteorologists use "storm" too liberally. Just because 4 inches is going to fall doesn't constitute a storm. During the summer, a thunderstorm makes sense if thunder and lightning are going to accompany rain. But when a rainy day is in the forecast, "storm" is not used.
So why does a snowy forecast constitute the use of "storm." If high winds and drifting snow are part of the forecast then, yes, it's applicable. But a simple snowfall is not a storm.
It's the verbiage in these kind of forecasts that sends idiots running to the store to buy milk, eggs and orange juice. It also gives lazy workers an excuse to "work from home."
Boston meteorologists need to lighten up and give a straight forecast. The forecast last night called tonight's anticipated "snowstorm" as one that will be plowable.
Geez. What's the alternative? That New England shuts down for four days because the plows can't get out?
It's winter. It snows. It's cold. But every damn time it snows does not mean it's a snowstorm.
Boston meteorologists: Choose your words more carefully. Tell it straight.