With the impending snowstorm on the horizon, the east coast is shutting down. Major universities and state agencies are closing early today, including the University of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins and Towson. The Washington D.C. metro has announced a weekend closure. Several outbound and inbound flights have been canceled. It’s time to hit the grocery store, hunker down and fire up Netflix. Below, you’ll find our top five suggestions for how to stay informed, well fed and highly entertained this weekend.
1. First things first, it’s important to know where to go for accurate and timely updates:
- The Maryland Transportation Authority has been dutifully updating their social media with the latest in road conditions.
- ABC2 Weather provides the latest in weather-related news for our region, online, television and across social media.
- WBAL NewsRadio 1090 is a tried and true source for all things Baltimore.
2. Since everyone will be home, try these cold weather recipes from our archives:
- For the snowy Saturday family breakfast:
Morning Sunshine serves up comfort breakfast entree recipes including buttermilk pancakes, a squash frittata and more.
- For the chilly Friday evening:
Dining Solo includes five indulgent cold weather meals like shakshouka and cacao e pepe with bacon.
3. Here are a few of our favorite cocktails, created by our own Ginny Lawhorn:
- Christmas Past, a bourbon concoction with chestnut.
- The Bee’s Knees, a vodka number with honey.
- Rye Not, a whiskey drink featuring Baltimore native Allen Katz Mister Rock & Rye.
4. There is nothing quite like snuggling up with a good film:
- “The Wiz” (1978)—the Wizard of Oz adaptation has a blizzard, a young Michael Jackson, Diana Ross high heeling it and more.
- “Hairspray” (1988)—“Good morning BALTIMORE!”
- “Fargo” (1996)—this classic Coen brother film packs as much wit as there is snow in North Dakota.
- “The Shining” (1980)—after living through Jack Nicholson’s cabin-feverish nightmare, you may want to take a look at our next suggestion.
5. If you dare venture out, let it be for the following:
- Restaurant Week
- Neighborhood sanctioned shenanigans like snowball fights at the Washington Monument.
Stay safe and warm, Baltimore!