Yeah, just hit NY, ahead of schedule, as it's 2:30 AM here. We've had 56" of snow since Christmas, and we usually average 22" for the whole winter. I hope your friend's house is cozy. Knit some socks today.
I wear socks all year round, crews and peds in the summer, knee socks in winter because I can't wear wool slacks. Today I bought a round needle for flat knitting just to get the feel of it, a #8 in 16". I think for English it's not any faster than straights. If I really hate it after a few days, I'll skip the socks before I invest in yarn.