Ideally, no one will freak out at all. But you should absolutely keep an eye on your local forecasts to know how much you need to prepare. The key is to not let headlines about the general outlook for the storm make you paranoid. It’s possible you’ll hardly get any snow at all in your neck of the woods, or at least not more than you’re used to seeing in a moderate winter storm. You may very well look out the window, and guffaw at the thought that anyone claimed the storm hitting your area would be major. You might also look out the window and shrink back into your cozy bed, appalled at the wintry dystopian hellscape laid out before you. It depends on where you are, how the storm evolves over the next few hours, and what your definition of a wintry dystopian hellscape is.