Closer to Lake Michigan it looks like you’ll need the umbrella before the shovel.

CREATED Dec. 19, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Closer to Lake Michigan it looks like you’ll need the umbrella before the shovel.

It’s definitely the calm before the storm on Milwaukee’s lakefront. The big lake could turn out to be a big blanket for the city – keeping it too warm to snow all day.  

“I’m filling up because I’m worried about the storm,” said Scott Berendt.

He’s not taking any chances. The musician recently moved back to Milwaukee and remembers what winters can be like, so he’s keeping an eye on this storm.

“I know it can be an easy storm or it can be a really bad storm,” said Berendt.  So he is preparing for the worst.

The salt trucks are loaded and ready to go in Milwaukee County.  Berendt’s big worry is getting to West Bend for a gig on Friday.

Benson asked: Have you ever heard of the term blizzard?

Berendt: I think that’s what we missed two years ago. This will be my fist blizzard in many years.

Several loyal lakefront runners didn’t seem too worried about the approaching storm. Dean Gilles moved here last year and the Londoner was disappointed with the lack of snow.  

 “Nothing came and I was so bored,” said Gilles. “So if it’s a really a big storm, six inches tomorrow that would be fantastic, couldn’t be better. I love it.”