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Something about a big snowstorm makes people not want to be alone.

In the days before a big winter storm, some people buy bread and milk, others spread out rock salt, and a particular few search for … hookups.

A consensus is forming that a blizzard will hit the Mid-Atlantic starting Thursday or Friday, with one-to-two feet of snow possible by Sunday in the I-95 corridor, coastal flooding, and ice accumulations toward the south. The storm could have the power and disruptive effects of historic winter behemoths, according to a bulletin yesterday from NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center (the ALL CAPS are typical):

TO PUT THIS SYSTEM IN CONTEXT...THE POTENTIAL SNOWFALL DISTRIBUTION HAS SIMILARITIES TO SEVERAL MAJOR EAST COAST STORMS IN RECENT PAST INCLUDING THE 5-6 FEBRUARY 2010 SNOWSTORM/THE JANUARY 1996 BLIZZARD OF 1996 AND THE PRESIDENTS DAY OF FEBRUARY 2003. JANUARY 1996 IS LIKELY TO BE MORE WIDESPREAD/HEAVY BUT ONLY TIME WILL TELL. THE MECHANISMS COMING TOGETHER FOR A MAJOR SNOWFALL ARE TEXTBOOK.

(Meteorologist Eric Holthaus observes that the person who wrote this alert literally cowrote the textbook on Northeast snowstorms.)

While commuters and weather geeks are obsessing over the evolution of this brutal-looking storm, others are hoping it will help with, er, that other meaning of “plowing.” Here are the personals popping up on Craigslist—at least the PG and PG-13 ones, as most are NSFW—beginning with a not-at-all creepy call for homeless people seeking warmth:

Southern Maryland Craigslist

“I have a Netflix account and I am ready to chill.” (The photo is not of the poster.)

New  York/New Jersey Craigslist

Lucky ladies, here’s a “Brooklyn Blizzard Buddywho wants to build you a gol-dang snow fort.

In case you haven't heard, we're on the precipice of the season's first major snow….

With that in mind, I'm seeking a woman who's tired of left-swiping her way through the NYC dating scene and is open to an awesome f------ snow day. All sex metaphors aside, I'm envisioning that giddily exciting combination of whiskey + movies + cookies + sweatpants + couch + fire + fort-building in a lovely Brooklyn backyard. If that sounds enticing and you don't have a criminal record (unless it's a sweet story), then this might be the outing for you.

He’s not into playing games … unless they involve having a snowball fight.

Allentown Craigslist

“Snow Storm Buddy” sounds so cute, until you’re trapped indoors with a stranger for three days and it turns into a Homer/Mr. Burns cabin-fever standoff.

Philadelphia Craigslist

Lure them in with the weather report, set the hook with hints of a jacuzzi.

Washington, D.C., Craigslist

This frantic personal from Delaware is titled “Storm Essentials—Bread, Milk, Me.”

Delaware Craigslist

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