So the huge winter storm, Nemo, was expected to drop about a foot of snow in my area. We got 4″. Made it easy to dig out, but it was also a bit disappointing. I get the feeling it won’t last for long. That said, I know other areas got a LOT more. One of the crew on my favorite weatherman’s page opened the front door…and the snow was packed against it up to about six feet. That’s going a bit too far, even for a snow lover. The worst that happened here… the wind last night blew out the pilot light on my furnace, so we had no heat this morning. I called the brother, and he came and re-lit it. I could have…if I could have remembered a few important points.
One thing that comes to mind in weather and cold like this is driving safety. Poor visability, high winds, blowing snow, icy services…. there is always the possibility you may end up in a ditch, or just pulled over. Keep an eye on the fluid levels in your car, keep an emergency kit in the backseat and keep it stocked: a good flashlight with extra batteries, flares, one of those special thermal blankets, gloves, extra hat, trail mix or granola bars, a first aide kit, maybe a small spade. If the snow is still coming down heavy, you need to keep the exhaust pipe clear. If at all possible, if the authorities warn against being on the road, STAY HOME! Your job, a shopping trip, that concert…. they just aren’t worth risking your life. On of my coworkers has one of those portable batteries with the built-in jumper cables. WONDERFUL tool, very handy to have. Not only could you jumps start your own vehicle, you don’t have to worry about being able to get your car positioned just so to jump start someone else’s.
Enjoy the beautiful days of winter, skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, tobogganing,whatever… Dress in layers, and leave the cotton home: Wool, silk, nylon, thinsulate are all better choices. When you come inside, change into warm dry clothes and head for the hot tea or hot chocolate.
Stay safe, stay healthy!