DES MOINES, IA—During a brief, five-minute telephone conversation last Monday, local resident Grant Jacobs, 58, reportedly expressed surprise that it was not snowing near his home in Des Moines, IA even though it was snowing in Providence, RI where his son Michael, 20, attends college. "It's actually pretty clear, here," Jacobs said. "I bet you guys are getting what we had last week." Jacobs added that, according to the Weather Channel's Doppler radar, the weather should be fine in Providence tomorrow, while Des Moines is supposed to get hit pretty hard.