Are you, or is your family, one of those 5 AM Friday morning shoppers that are at the Mall, Wal-Mart, or Target batteling to grab that amazing deal? I can safely say I’ve never been one of those “Black Friday” shoppers. I’m quite the opposite actually. I’m more likely to be the guy wandering the mall on Christmas Eve desperately searching through the leftover stuff trying to find a gift. I’ve known people that pour through the newspaper sale ads, map out a game plan of what store to hit when, and are out the door by 4 AM.

The tradition has lost some of its luster over the years. With stores opening on Thanksgiving evening and online shopping, the mad dash to the box store isn’t what it used to be. This year’s local weather forecast will make it challenging for “Black Friday” shoppers too. With snow scheduled to hit Tuesday evening and continuing through the weekend, getting out early Friday won’t be easy. Here’s the latest forecast from the National Weather Service…

Thursday Night
A chance of snow before 10 pm, then a chance of snow and freezing rain. Cloudy, with a low around 24. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.
Friday
Snow and freezing rain likely before noon, then snow, possibly mixed with rain between noon and 1 pm, then snow after 1 pm. High near 35. East southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

If you’re one of those early shoppers on Friday morning, “Good luck!” I hope you indeed snag “an unbelievable deal!” I will be snug in bed sleeping off my turkey and gravy hangover.