“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together,” wrote Vesta Kelly. According to the Michigan Science Center, every winter at least one septillion (1 followed by 24 zeros) snowflakes fall from the sky.

A significant percentage of those perfect crystals will hurl themselves at the East Coast this weekend, as the biggest storm of the winter roars up the coast. Sea surface temperatures are still abnormally warm, while surface temps should be cold enough for all snow from Washington, D.C., to New York. Some 1- to 2-foot amounts are likely by Sunday. If you’re flying east, see if you can get in no later than midday Friday. Coastal flooding, power outages; the first blizzard watch for D.C. since 1986. Why should they have all the fun?

El Niño often nudges the storm track south of Minnesota; nothing but a parade of scrawny clippers for us — maybe a coating Monday. Temperatures approach 30 this weekend; again next week. No cold blasts. While an epic blizzard shuts down the northeastern U.S. Seems a little unfair huh?