By Jon Keller, WBZ-TV Political EditorBy Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Now that Thanksgiving is over and our thoughts turn to Christmas time, what could be better than a touch of snow in the forecast to put us all in the holiday mood.


Sort of.

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The Globe report on the forecast included comments from Nicole Belk of the National Weather Service, who’s looking at something on Tuesday comparable to the snowfall we saw on November 7, two-and-a-half weeks ago, a few inches at worst for most of us, with the whole thing turning to rain by Wednesday.

Sounds pretty minor, by New England standards, but Ms. Belk still saw fit to add this warning: “We haven’t had much snow yet this year, so motorists should use caution.”

Yes, caution, that sounds like a great idea, especially for the sub-species of drivers around here who really, really need to be told to be careful on the road when it snows.

We’re talking about you, Tommy the Tailgater, convinced that slippery road conditions call for you to keep less distance between yourself and the car ahead, not more. Your headlights in our rear-view mirror are not the kind of happy holiday lights we welcome, Tommy, so if you would, please, back off.

And we’re talking about you, Susie the Snowstorm Speeder, apparently in a panic about being out in the elements and determined to cut the normal commuting time by 90%. No, Susie, when the guy on Traffic on the 3s says “allow a bit more time,” he doesn’t mean “allow less time.” Are we together on this?

And we’re especially talking about you, Yertle the Turtle, the driver whose panic expresses itself in a traffic-throttling crawl as he does his best to ensure gridlock. Thanks Yertle, nothing injects stress into a mild snowfall better than the guy ahead of you driving in park.

I know I’ve left out many other species of bad snow drivers, but I gotta run. I’ll see you later, in the snow, and gee am I looking forward to it.


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