Snow! And lots of it. What a way to start the New Year. As we go to press this week, the area is in the middle of one of the biggest snowstorms to hit the region in quite some time. The timing couldn’t have been better, as thousands of winter sports enthusiasts have flocked to the region to enjoy skiing, boarding, snowmobiling, or just to take in the winter beauty. Just last week we wrote about how much the weather can affect the local economy, good or bad. In winter, we need snowstorms to stimulate the economy. Snow becomes white gold, and this year, coming off of last winter’s warm and snowless disaster, we really need a few good dumps, with cold weather in between. If we can make any one resolution this year, it would be to avoid the kind of snowless, rainy winter we saw in the first three months of 2012. It wasn’t fun, and coming on the heels of Tropical Storm Irene, it became a double economic disaster that many have yet to recover from. That’s why this week’s snow is such a welcome relief, and has fueled the hopes of many that this is the harbinger of better days to come. At the very least, it will make for a great end to the holiday week, and should put a smile on many who enjoy the winter, and those who depend on it as well. Here’s hoping the rest of the winter is as white and stormy as this holiday week has been. While there may be many who don’t relish seeing the cold weather or the white stuff coming down, we are more than a little excited about it. The local economy can use the stimulus, and for those who enjoy winter activities, the snow means there will be plenty of exciting things to do for the next few months. We can’t ask for much more.