Over the past couple of days, forecasts have predicted that Denver would get hit by a major winter storm, with snowfall totals up to nine inches in the city. But at this writing, the weather system seems to be bringing bitterly cold temperatures but not nearly as much of the white stuff as predicted to most parts of the metro area -- something that seems to happen pretty often around here.
How can you tell a supposedly huge storm isn't as bad as advertised? Here's our photo-illustrated top ten.
Number 10: Reporters have to look for piles of snow to stand in. Number 9: You were looking forward to showing up for work late, but you actually get there early. Continue to keep counting down the top ten ways to tell a supposedly huge storm isn't as bad as advertised. Number 8: You're able to enter and exit the highway without pissing anyone off. Number 7: Drivers in giant SUVs look disappointed. Continue to keep counting down the top ten ways to tell a supposedly huge storm isn't as bad as advertised. Number 6: People are clearing sidewalks with brooms instead of shovels. Number 5: The best snowman you can build barely clears your ankle. Continue to keep counting down the top ten ways to tell a supposedly huge storm isn't as bad as advertised. Number 4: Your wipers still work even though you park outside and you forgot to put them up the night before. Number 3: Forecasters have to work harder than usual to act like they knew all along it wasn't going to be a big deal. Continue to keep counting down the top ten ways to tell a supposedly huge storm isn't as bad as advertised. Number 2: You can actually tell you're in the right lane. Number 1: The look on your kids face when you tell him this isn't a snow day.
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