But what did I find when I got to work? A newsroom full of staffers already working the phones and pounding their keyboards. I was glad nobody scolded me for being late.
It turned out to be a very long shift. The Daily Mail was still an afternoon paper, and we cranked out that day's editions. Then something unprecedented took place.
Daily Mail and Gazette executives, worried about delivery, decided to publish a joint edition for the following day.
So nobody went home. A new round of assignments was handed out.
Grueling? Heck, no. We had a blast.
Those of us who couldn't rely on telephones to report our stories hitched rides with circulation department drivers who had four-wheel-drives.
The vehicles lumbered along narrowly plowed city streets with snow piled shoulder high on both sides.
A few years later, after my husband and I had purchased a house on a hill, I did miss a day of work after a heavy snow. My car again was inadequate, and it would have been a much longer walk.
Later I realized almost nobody else on the staff had failed to show up.
That car soon was replaced with an all-wheel-drive, and I promised myself I would never be without one.
I left my full-time position last summer so now I can stay home on snow days. I work part time from the comfort of my home office.
Well, comfort may not be the best choice of words.
As I write, I'm wrapped in a warm woolen shawl, and I periodically rub my hands together and blow on them.
The "home office" has been upstairs and down, in the kitchen, dining room and living room as I search for the right spot.
It's currently a corner of my living room, and it may be fine come spring. At the moment I'm next to an outside wall with a big window, and the temperature is 1 degree beyond the glass.
In my office off the Daily Mail newsroom, I sometimes used a little space heater that I left behind for my successor, Brad McElhinny.
Maybe I could drop by and see if he's using it. It could get me out of the house on a snow day.
Friend retired last year as Daily Mail editor and publisher. Tweet to her @nanyafriend.