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  • ramadevi

    I live in downtown apartment. I need not clean the snow. But I hear many stories from my colleagues that it is very hardest job to clean the snow. Most of the falls/skids occur during winter. In downtown the municipality will clean it as fast as they can. In uptown it is different. Whoever has homes try to clean the front path at least because we use it first when we step out of home at first. This will avoid falls and accidents. I fell two times but gods grace I did not hurt myself. But I am very scary in winter after that accident. So be careful when walking, walk where everyone is walking, do not chose the way where no one is walking. So friends be safe and healthy.

  • michael harmon

    Always have an emergency kit in your vehicle.It should consist of some non preishable food and water, warm clothing or a blanket or even better some mylar thermal blankets, a flashlight, a first aid kit, a fully charged cell phone, jumper cables, a shovel, an ice scraper or deicing fluid, and some grit, sand or cat litter.

  • Tammy Boyd

    I don’t know any snow tips other then the one my foster mother use to give me and that is never eat yellow snow

  • vivianne

    Just be prepared and then enjoy the beauty of it. The scenery can be breathtaking. Watch the kids playing in it. Neighbors sharing comments can be funny. Drive carefully, don’t get aggressive as it won’t get you anywhere faster. It’s here so accept and try to enjoy.

  • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

    Move to Florida. No snow tips needed!

  • Dee Gee

    make the most of it, go skating and skiing, and if that fails, there is always ‘apres ski’

  • MT

    Kitty litter in an old ice cream tub in your trunk! Put some under your tires for traction, it works great!

  • DM

    Stay home!

  • cindi

    IF YOU DONT HAVE ROCK SALT YOU CAN USE REGULAR TABLE SALT TO CLEAN ICE FROM YOUR STEPS IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

  • V.P. Person

    Keep an old throw rug or a large rag in your trunk. If you’re stuck on ice or snow, put the rug in front of one of the back tires. When you step on the gas, your tire will grab the rag using it as dry ground and voila…instant traction.

  • dottie p

    when you shovel, lift with your knees. or you will have a back ache. and don’t take too big of a shovel full. enjoy the beauty before the dogs get out there and put all their little paw prints in it and it’s not clean and white anymore.

  • Sandy Mezzell Shadix

    Move to Houston Texas the weather is great lol..no snow here just lots and lots of sunshine.

  • Sue W.

    Stay inside, don’t go out there!!!

  • John Lovering

    Sun melts snow. Top with gravel and wait.

  • Rick Gottinger

    Drive more carefully! You can’t stop on a dime on a snow covered road. That dime might be in the pocket of the driver of the car you rear ended

  • Manwinder Kaur

    Avoid driving on slippery snowy roads to your gyms ; just shovel the snow ,clean your house and thus burn your calories while at home only !!

  • Vonnie Aldrete

    Always make sure your car is winterized, tires have good traction, gas tank at least half full and cell phone charged. Always carry an extra blanket or two, water, battery cables and an old throw rug. If you get stuck and place rug under back tire, it will give you some traction. Kitty litter also works and adds additional weight, for lighter vehicles.
    To prevent ice buildup on windshield, mix 2/3 part 90% alcohol with 1 part water. Spray windows. Also spray in keyholes once a week, or use Vaseline. Extend wipers upward. Never start your car in a closed garage. In cases of extreme weather, don’t drive unless necessary. Don’t tailgate and drive according to road conditions. Your home should be winterized, new furnace filter, new batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Dress in layers, have a snowball fight, build a snowman or fort, go skiing, ice skating or snow shoeing and have fun. Take lots of photos, especially after fresh snowfall. Enjoy nature’s beauty and God’s masterpiece.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      That’s a lot of great advice. Thanks for sharing, Vonnie!

  • Karen T

    Clean your gutters before the snow comes. Otherwise when the snow melts the water WILL run up under the edge of the roof & cause more problems that will cost a LOT of money to fix.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      Good advice, Karen. You may have just saved some people from spending unnecessary $$.

  • Vonnie Aldrete

    Thanks. Can you tell I live in the snow belt? Lol

    • Karen T

      Absolutely! Lol

  • deedee walker

    The good ol Classic” Don’t eat the Yellow Snow”!

  • Erin Estilette

    Ice walkers! They fit over your shoe, and create great traction on any shoe in slippery snow and ice conditions.

  • Crizzy

    Walking or driving on fresh snow puts temporary pressure on that area causing some melting and then the water produced freezes almost instantly when the pressure is released leaving a hard shiny surface. Not only are these potentially more slippery & dangerous they are harder to shovel out of the way …. so whenever possible clear your pathway and pavement / sidewalk before they get trodden down.

  • Deb

    Always remember for every snowflake that falls an idiot forgets how to drive. Stay inside. Snowed in! Nothing a little salt can’t handle….especially around the rim of a margarita glass………..courtesy of Pinterest.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      You’re so right, Deb!!!

  • Leslie Anne Soloman

    My snow tip is if you don’t have to go out and drive in it DON’t! Stay in have have a good breakfast if it’s in the morning, have a cup of coffee, or tea or cocoa and relax.

  • jennyjet

    Use kitty litter instead of rock salt on driveways or sidewalks. Does less damage to surface.

  • Sylvia

    Channel your inner kid! Make snow angels, have a snowball fight, go sledding, make a snow person and sip hot chocolate with lots of mini marshmallows. Then watch “Snow Dogs” in your pj’s and slippers.

  • Chris

    Never ever drive over the snow in the driveway. My Mom who visited from California in November thought she was doing me a favor by moving her truck out of the driveway and ran over all the fresh snow…That was the last time she did that. My neighbors must think I am nuts because I will be out in the dumping snow shoveling my driveway and sidewalks. I absolutely cannot stand when somebody goes walking through the snow in front of my house leaving ice crusted shoe marks in the pavement that later make for a pain in the hoo-ha to get shoveled up.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      You’re right! My next door neighbor and I put our driveways together (lots of blacktop; looks like a parking lot!). He’ll pull into my driveway before I get to shovel it. I get “ice” tire tracks and they’re almost impossible to shovel up.

      • Chris

        I very much DISLIKE “ice” tracks. They become very slick.

        • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

          Yes, I know. I’ve slid on them myself.

  • Dicksy Maneschyn

    If you catch the snowfall early enough you can usually use a leaf blower to blow that snow away rather than straining yourself with heavy snow removal.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      I’ve even used a broom on my deck. I didn’t have to shovel at all a few times.

  • Diane Lane

    I placed 10 bags of non clumping cat litter over the back axle of my pickup truck. Not only does the truck track better in the snow, the cat litter can be used instead of salt on walkways and patios so my dog”s pads don’t burn from the salt.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      Wow! My dog only goes in the yard but I never even thought about that! Thanks, Diane!

  • Michael Jiang

    I can melt snow, but I can also be used to freeze ice cream.

  • Tabatha Howay

    If you drive a Truck make sure to put weight in the bed. The cheapest way to do so is to shovel your driveway, walkway, porch, etc & take the shoveled snow & pack it tightly into the bed of your truck. If the snow melts, put more in… Easy to get a work out & be productive!

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      Good idea! I’ve seen pickup trucks drive by my house with snow-filled beds.

  • Paul Clément

    Very simply put… move down South.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      I’m working on it!

  • Noel Stewart

    My snow tip is to move to Florida.

  • daisyhunnell

    Do not risk your life to drive somewhere (it can wait), enjoy the snow day by playing in the snow and then enjoying some hot cocoa, take tons of pictures of the fresh white snow, and be grateful that you live in an area where you can see snow!

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      Good advice! Some people, especially some with SUVs, think it’s no big deal driving in snow. But it is, especially when they end up driving on icy roads. Ice doesn’t discriminate!

  • Natania

    Enjoy it, get some tubes and go sled riding, or skis and go skiing, or have a snowball fight, or make snow ice cream. Take the kids, grandkids, cousins whoever out, there’s nothing like playing in the snow with kids especially their first time. My dog loves the snow, she dives head first right into it, its so fun to watch her too. There’s nothing like coming in from the snow, sitting in front of the fire, all cuddled up, with a cup of hot cocoa with some marshmallow fluff and some small marshmallows on top. Yes, I use two kinds of marshmallows, put the fluff in first so it melts real good, trust me you will never drink it again, any other way.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      That sounds delicious. I love Fluff! I used to eat it straight out of the jar! I HAVE to try it in hot chocolate! Thanks for the tip, Natalia!!!

  • Christy

    Snow? What snow…. move to South Georgia! Now if you want to worry about tornadoes, that’s another story!

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      Working on it!

  • Ray Ayala

    Catch a bunch of snow in your blender, then add milk, sugar, and strawberries or blueberries. Blend till a smooth consistency and serve in parfait or sundae glasses.

  • Andrea Asher

    Accept the things you cannot change ie. The weather…. Get out there and enjoy it!! Make memories and snowmen! Don’t forget to take pictures…. When you have had your fill of the cold and wet warm up with hot cocoa and look through picpictures of winters past!!

  • 77giggles

    Keep a few bags of kitty litter in the trunk. It will add weight to the back tires, and if need be, you can spread it in front of your tires to gain traction.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      I’ve heard that one and it’s STILL great advice. Thanks!

  • Nairobi

    I love snow but it’s To jdangerous To drive

  • bobthomas

    Put pajamas in the drying machine before bedtime to enjoy a nice warm sleep after a long day spent in and out of cold, inclement, and often difficult weather.

  • Carol Miller

    I have a few tips I have been using when a snow storm is predicted. I always first back my car into the driveway. It is easier to drive out if your driveway becomes slippery. Next, lift the windshield wipers up away from the windshield. This prevents them from sticking to the glass. Now here is a trick I learned years ago. Take an old sock and fill it with table salt. Rub it vigorously on your windshield. It will prevent ice build up for hours. Finally, I sprinkle calcium chloride down on the driveway BEFORE it starts to snow. Don’t use rock salt as it is too harsh on your driveway and it doesn’t work below 18 degrees. Finally, if a sizeable amount of snow is predicted, shovel a few times so it is not too heavy and hard on your back. These little tricks have been working for me for years.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      I LOVE these tips!!! I have to try the salt in the sock on the windshield thing. Thanks, Carol!

      • Carol Miller

        Thanks, Diane. You always give my ego a little boost.

        • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

          You deserve it!

    • Deb

      Wow!! Thanks for the great tips!!

  • Mark Hall

    Don’t moan about it, you decided to live there and just don’t be stupid, if you use common sense you’ll be fine, but you have to remember that there are plenty of people out there that won’t. Also read the tips below most of them seem common sense and helpful to me.

  • Cortney Brown

    When driving on the road and there is slush or snow drifts stay more closer to the yellow lines or you will be sucked right in and go into the ditch.

  • Darlene Chrysler

    Shovel snow against the house for added insulation

  • Millington

    Believe it or not, ant clear alcohol (rum, gin, vodka, or even rubbing alcohol) will do a great job deicing windows.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      It also unfreezes car locks.

  • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

    That’s the plan!

  • Chrystal Ozovek

    Best tip for snow . . . move to where there is none!!!

  • Tracey Barlow Blake

    Carry a bag of kitty litter in your vehicle for when getting stuck or needing to walk in a slick area.

  • Judy Burba McGarvey

    If your car is outside, place gallon sized zip lock bags on your side mirrors and secure with rubber bands to keep them snow/ice free. For wipers, pull them up away from the windshield so they won’t freeze. Or if it’s windy, simply cover the wipers with tube socks.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      Good tips, Judy!

      • Judy Burba McGarvey

        Thanks! I do those often.

  • TedtheRabbi

    My snow tip: keep your tips pointing inward — the tips of your skis, that is. Haha!

  • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

    I would suggest snacks or rations, too, in your emergency kit. I’ve heard nightmarish stories of people trapped in their cars for way too long a time.

  • Kelcie Brain

    There is no good snow tips!! get the heck out and move to Florida!!

  • Christopher

    if a home owner use eco-friendly salt it light on your sidewalk and driveway

  • MyKinKStar

    Best tip is STAY HOME, especially if you are afraid to drive in weather and/or you do not have an essential job. If you have to drive, then please clean all the snow from your car – from top to bottom. All snow must be removed from the windshield and all windows too. Be sure your signals and brake lights are all visible, so be sure your bumpers are clean too! But again, if you don’t need to go out into it, don’t!

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      Thanks for thinking about people with essential jobs. My husband is a lab manager in a hospital & I was an RN, also in a hospital. We were told we’ve got got to be at work and if the forecast is for snow, we should get there early”, before the snow is forecasted to fall.

  • ichirakuramen77

    Use Hennessy Cognac to melt snow on your car.

  • Wilson Chaves Brenes

    Drink whisky :v

  • Lynn King McKinney

    Bundle up and go outside while the snow is still fresh or, better yet, while it’s still snowing. It is so quiet, a wonderful, peaceful, magical silence. I imagine the world is starting over all fresh, clean and pure. I really can’t properly describe how that unique silence moves me. ❄️❄️❄️
    (Then, go make snow ice cream.)

  • Donna LaRowe

    unless you absolutely have to go any place be sure to pack, some snack crackers, water, extra clothes, a candle a coffee can, small shovel, first aid kit, a charged cell phone if able, , but otherwise stay home,

  • Gay Brock

    Make candy in the snow! Heat maple syrup in a pan to around 234F degrees and drizzle it in strips over packed snow. Because it cools so quickly, it does not have a chance to crystalize and instead transforms into a taffy-like treat that can then be swirled onto a popsicle stick.

  • Theresa Holly

    Dress in layers and if you have no reason to go out stay indoors. If you have to shovel snow find someone else to do it or if you have do yourself do it slowly and do not rush to get it done take breaks every 10 to 15 minutes try to stay warm!!

  • Keith

    An idea that I use is pretty useful. We all know that snow is heavy when it’s sitting on the roof of your house, garage, shed, business, etc. If you take an old pair of pantyhose, fill it up about half way with rock salt, then make sure you tie a knot in them. You throw the pantyhose on your roof before it snows. As it starts to snow, it ensures the salt melts, it will help with keeping your rooftop clear of snow; while giving you some peace of mind. (Plus, you can get rid of those pantyhose with the holes in them!) You can also do this after it has snowed, it just takes it a little more time to get it to break down & slide off!

  • Casimina Doner

    I know a couple good ones. First to prevent ice dams in your gutters, if possible in the fall, take some nylons fill them with rock salt and lay them in your gutter where you think you may have an ice build up. It doesn’t block the drainage, but will keep the ice from forming. Also, keep a bag of kitty litter in your car. If you get stuck it helps your tires grip in the snow and ice. And always layer layer layer if you need to go out!!

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      The rock salt in the gutters sounds like a great idea. Thanks, Casimina!

      • Casimina Doner

        Your welcome Diane!

  • Michaele Dalin Goodson

    I still keep a sleeping bag and pillow plus salt and water in my car from growing up in Ohio

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      I hope you don’t live in Florida now. LOL

      • Michaele Dalin Goodson

        I live in South Carolina! But travel to Ashtabula Ohio at least 3 times a year

        • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

          Then definitely keep those things in your trunk, and add some snacks or rations, and maybe a first aid kit. I had my Girl Scouts each make a first aid kit; the one I made stays in the car. You’d be surprised at how many times it’s been used. Luckily, not for any serious injury or incident.

  • Darryl Weldy

    If Driving a pickup truck shovel your bed full of snow for weight and added traction then come spring the snow will melt out of the bed.

  • yuin lee

    do not drive in heavy snow

  • Kaitlyn Blanchard

    Use a leaf blower to blow away light snow

  • Rebecca lee

    My snow tip is to always make sure you have a cell phone with you. There is always someone you need to call from your boss to your partner or even just your best friend to vent about how annoying it is to be delayed by the snow.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      Yes, and hopefully, it’s fully charged. Otherwise, start charging it as soon as you get in the car. Thanks for the tip, Rebecca!

  • dolfanatl

    Move to the south where there isn’t any snow!

  • Roberta Elwell

    HA HA HA! My favorite snow tip is to sit on your skies and slide on down to the little snow cottage at the bottom and order a hot totti chocolate!

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      I tried skiing. Ended up sitting on my skis all the way to the bottom, too!

  • disqus_BZgJAU676C

    if you can’t get there by walking because its too slippery… try skating! 🙂 stay optimistic in these cold times!

  • Lynn

    My best snow tip is to avoid it whenever possible. I just stay at home, watch Netflix and chill until it’s gone. That hasn’t been more than a day or two at the longest!!

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      Good girl! Stay safe, Lynn!

  • Nicole D. C

    Just stay inside!

  • Louis-Philippe Noël

    First, Check the type of surface on the road by braking hard (in a straight line) and see the reaction of car….then adjust your driving with the situation

  • Melody

    Stay away from snow – live in the south 🙂

  • GTobler

    Stay out of it.

  • Julie Dascoli-Yanop

    MOVE SOUTH!

  • When shovelling snow off your drive or walk ways, push the snow with the shovel forward like a plow to a snow bank area and then scoop it up to throw onto the pile. Then you just trim each lane of snow little by little to the snow piles without taking up maximum scoop loads with each scoop to walk far over to the piles. This may take a while but it does take less effort.

    It makes it easier than to keep lifting and carrying loads of heavy snow several times, especially while clearing between walled areas. Saves your back and arms from lots of strains and less likely to suffer a heart stroke from all that sudden heavy lifting.

  • Stacie Snow

    We hardly ever see a snowflake here in Alabama we have ice occasionally so we try to keep a kit with a blanket power bars water and glow sticks in our trunk in case we get stranded

  • rose morgan

    Use foot warmers.

  • Beatrice

    If you’re living on the second floor, make sure to not slip down the stairs from the second floor to the first on you butt the whole 20 steps! Ice can be your butts new best friend 🙂 Poor salt on the steps before stepping on them! haha

  • Casandra

    To have a warm hug! Happy Valentines Day to everyone at Vindale! if you are with a special some one, cherish them. if you are alone give yourself a big hug!

  • Toni Keller

    To bundle up and stay warm, and if you have a vehicle to unthaw your windows use a little bit of dish soap and water. Make lots of snowman and have lots of family fun. Drink hot cocoa by the fire

  • Dmargio Foreign King Phipps

    Don’t go out if no hoes out

  • Ryanna Sawyer

    Move to Phoenix, AZ.

  • Darlene Desveaux

    Live where it doesn’t snow.