well, last night the objective weather stations modeling data predicated 8-10"
Then, my subjective feeling was "maybe we will get 5-6 in of snow".
Objective measurements this morning is 5" on the ground, with a 80% chance (probability) of 1-2" more during the day.
related to speaker wire, I used 14ga/4c , bought a 500' spool from Parts Express the in wall Cl2/CL3 stuff.
I had some really long runs, the rear surrounds and side surrounds on opposite of the AV closet, so desired the heavier gauge cable, 14ga/4c twisted together is 11ga.
All my speakers are driven like that, yea overkill for the close speakers but to be consistent it was just easier.
Terminations, I just stripped them and used banana plugs for the AVR and for the speaker direct connect thru the wall, no wall terminal plates.