Oncoming storm may be a blessing in disguise

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

If you’re planning to travel for Thanksgiving, we have some advice: Don’t.

True, the brunt of today’s storm is expected to be over by Wednesday, but turkey day itself is predicted to bring freezing rain, followed by rain Friday -- which in November means ice -- and more chances of snow on the weekend, when you’ll be trying to get home. 400 flights were already canceled today at Denver’s airport.

If you do travel, please allow yourself plenty of time, make sure your car is in good working order and loaded with emergency gear, and don’t be afraid to hole up in a motel if need be.

Sounds like a good time to enjoy time with your immediate family and nearby friends.

While winter storms are dangerous, snows that keep people home can actually be lifesavers in one instance.

That’s because the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving has the well-deserved nickname of “Drunksgiving.”

Upserve, a restaurant and bar point-of-sale and management platform that tracks sales in more than 10,000 businesses, says that Drunksgiving rivals St. Patrick’s Day and Superbowl Sunday when it comes to sales of beer, wine and liquor.

Is it any wonder that Thanksgiving dinner can be a trying time, with so many of us hung over from the night before?

It’s also no wonder police departments and ERs are so busy on that Wednesday.

Our safety depends on those who stay on duty over the holiday, of course, and we’re grateful to them and others like the utility crews that are called away from their families to keep electricity flowing when blizzards occur.

Please take all necessary precautions to make this a safe and enjoyable holiday week.

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