5 things you should do before the next winter storm

Taryn's Wreckreation Guide

February 5, 2019

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That first snow of the season was no joke, my friends! And there's a very good chance we'll see more accumulation by the weekend.

 

Where I live up in Stanwood, we had nearly 9 inches dumped on us between Sunday and Monday, and although we were expecting it, we certainly weren't ready for THAT much snow.

 

While we have a few days to prepare for the next potential winter blast, here are some things we can do to be proactive versus reactive.

 

1. Plan to work from home if you can. Talk to your boss and put an agreement into place. Unless you are a brain surgeon, making the schlep into work might not be worth the risk if you can perform all or most of your tasks from home. 

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2. Stock up on food (and beer!), just in case you need it. In my neighborhood, we had the roads closed in both directions yesterday due to accidents and semi trucks getting wedged on dicey routes. Hit the store for some extra essentials - including water. 

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3. Get your tires checked, and get chains just in case (typically, you can return them if you don't use them). For many Seattle-area drivers, tires deemed unsuitable for winter travel proved to be a HUGE problem early in the week. From bald tires to low tire pressure, there can be a laundry list of issues in weather like this. Head to your local tire store for an evaluation! 

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4. If you have to go out, remember to be a courteous driver. 

  • Remember to scrape ANY and ALL snow and ice off of your car or truck before you go - there's nothing scarier than being hit with flying snow or ice on the freeway! 
  • Maintain a super-safe following distance on all sides of the vehicle in case someone has to throw on the brakes. 
  • Don't speed - even if you think you have it under control. The overly cocky ones always end up in the ditch! 
  • Save your road rage for another day. When everyone is already frustrated and likely white-knuckling it, let a cool head prevail. 

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5. Make sure your pets are set! If it's too cold for you outside, it's probably too cold for your critters. Keep dogs and cats inside as much as possible and make sure to towel them off and wipe their paws if they come in wet. If you're like me and you have farm animals or barn cats, make sure they're getting plenty of fresh water every single day. With temps below freezing, we swap out our goats' and chickens' waters throughout the day to keep them hydrated. You might even consider a warmer for their water so you aren't having to break up the ice constantly. And give them lots of love, too, of course!

Snow goats!!!! ❤--❄. . . . . . . #GoatsOfInstagram #goats #snowday #goatmom #nigeriandwarf #nubiangoat #pygmygoat

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Snow days can be a lot of fun, but they can also be dicey. Stay warm and safe, my babes and babettes! Build a fire, kick back with a spiked cocoa and take care of you and yours.

 

Happy Adventuring,

 

Taryn Daly

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