March Came in Like a Lion
I’m beginning writing this draft as I am stuck on the interstate in a snowstorm. I live in “the south,” at least south enough where, when the snowpocalypse is predicted, folks panic and buy their weight in milk and bread. However, this one was called correctly, unlike most times the weather forecasters are wrong.
The driving conditions I’m stuck in are perhaps the worst I’ve ever risked life and limb to go to work. The interstate is covered. I’m driving thirty five max in four wheel drive, my 45 minute commute had become over two and a half hours. I’m currently at a standstill.
Snowmageddon is here people.
I dread my drive home.
See that? The road ahead.
Driving in Snow
Only attempt to drive in snow if you have done this before. If you’re a new driver, don’t do it. If you are from the Deep South, don’t attempt this either. No offense, but we remember what happened in Atlanta this year right?
Don’t drive too fast. Ice can cause your tires to slide and you’ll be off the road in an embankment before you know it.
Kitty litter or salt can help your tires regain traction in snow and ice.
If you are driving not very fast and start to slide, do not slam your breaks! This will cause you to slide even more.
Go slooooowwwww. If you’re late for work because of snow chances are most everyone else is too. Better to be late than dead.
Roadside Emergency kit
Candle inside coffee can (this can serve as a heat source)
Snacks like crackers
Any medications you need to take (don’t keep this is in your car long term- just make sure you have meds with you if you need them.)
Scissors or knife to cut with (sturdy ones, or a seat belt cutter.)
This list is not all inclusive. There’s much more you could put in a roadside emergency kit!
Surviving a Snowstorm
If you know the snowstorm is coming , prepare. Get canned goods, food items like beef jerky, bottled water and drinks, things to eat in case the electricity goes out. Operate on survival mode, worst case scenario. Buy candles that will last. Batteries for your flashlights. If you can get a generator or a kerosine heater, get one!
It’s a running joke here that when the snow is coming, run to the grocery to get milk and bread. It’s nearly embarrassing to actually have to get milk or bread when the storm is coming, but with an infant I have to! Make sure you have what you need if you may not be able to leave your house.
Do you have elderly neighbors? Check on them! Are pets outside? Put them in! If you live in an area that doesn’t get much snow and you have fruits and vegetables? Do what you need to preserve them overnight or during the bitter cold.
What if the Electricity Goes Out?
Gather your flashlights , hopefully the batteries are fresh and you have spare batteries. (Think batteries are too expensive? Get them at the Dollar Tree. They aren’t the BEST, but they will do for temporary things like using flashlights.)
Candles in metal containers like coffee cans are a great source of heat. Keep out of reach of children!
Do NOT, DO NOT, bring a grill inside your house for heat or to cook. Carbon monoxide can be released and can kill you. Do NOT do this!
If you can, go stay in a hotel or with a friend or family member, especially if you have kids. If this is not an option, bundle up. Keep your doors closed and windows sealed tightly to preserve whatever heat you can. Wear two or three pairs of socks, put on lots of layers, and snuggle close to stay warm, especially keeping the small kiddos warm. Wear gloves and hats- extremities get frost bit the easiest.
One time when we had an ice storm, we cooked on our kerosine heater. It was like we were camping, we had saffron rice, pork chops, and potatoes atop the heater. I don’t know how safe that was, but my dad did it. With the right heater you might be able to do it too.
Above all else, safety is paramount. It is sad to see on the news people who have died from carbon monoxide, their home burning down, or some other preventable reason when they were trying to be warm.
Stay safe and be warm during this Snowpocalypse!