So snow is coming to parts of California that don't normally get it. Not only that, it's likely a blizzard. Here's my primer as a lifelong Midwesterner/adult life Northerner with experience not only with lake effect snow from Chicago, but 18 years of Minnesota snow and cold experience:
1)DO NOT DRIVE IF YOU CAN HELP IT. Driving safely on snow requires snow tires with a certain degree of skid resistance. Most cars in CA will not have this, at all.
2)Buy a large bag of kitty litter or birdseed. If you happen to be near a beach, gather yourself a couple buckets of dry sand. Keep one of these in the trunk/back of your car at all times. Keep the other in/around any outdoor to indoor entryways of your home. Businesses should do the same - ice has a weird way of pooling in front of business doorways.
3)Also buy 6 feet of chain at your favorite hardware store. Keep this in the back of your car. If you get stuck in a snow or ice bank, throwing chains down around the tires along with kitty litter/seed gives you some traction to get out. You may still need someone to come push.
4)Try not to drive alone and really, REALLY don't be the twit with your phone to your ear or worse, in your hand texting. Blizzard conditions will require ALL your attention. You already risk the lives of others when you screw around with your phone while behind the wheel; you're pretty much asking to kill someone and be killed yourself if you do that while driving in a blizzard. If you need to let someone know you're OK, pull over and send that text or make that call. Your time isn't more precious than someone else's life.
5)If you get stuck outside in the snow - try to stay dry. Rain boots may work, even though waterproof snow boots are better. Most typical California wear for rain will work minimally, but it won't keep you safe for more than about ninety minutes. After that you're at some degree of risk for hypothermia; basically, once things start going numb, it's time to duck in the first door that will have you.
As for those with houses/apartments:
1)you'll save yourself some misery, sprains, and broken bones if you pre-emptively put out a thin layer of kitty litter or birdseed at any exposed-to-outdoors entrance before the storm.
2)it's unclear whether this will be a fast melt-off or not. Just in case, order a snow shovel on Amazon. The good news is that it is really GREAT exercise. Optimal snow shoveling involves scraping the sidewalk - making sure no snow or ice is on that cement AT ALL. Otherwise you may get nailed by "black ice" a type of ice that is not visible to the human eye, but you sure know it's there after you wipe out on it.
So that's my advice about snow for snewbies. Share freely, but definitely don't take me for gospel - other people have other methods for dealing with it, especially those that lived in winter climates harsher than those that I did.
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