Pittsburgh December 12, 2017
10 Things No One Tells You About Surviving A Pittsburgh Winter
Pittsburgh’s certainly been feeling that bitter cold of winter lately. Are you ready for it? Or, would you rather hibernate until spring? Whether you feel excitement or dread for the impending winter days, take heed. You have plenty of ways of surviving a Pittsburgh winter.
1. You can never have too much toilet paper.
You can live without milk. You can survive for a few days without bread. But, toilet paper? Don’t even risk finding out what getting stuck in a snowstorm without toilet paper is like. Just stay stocked up – all winter long.
2. The mere mention of snow means a run on milk and bread at
all the stores.
Toilet paper’s not the only thing at a premium when the local meteorologists mention the dreaded "s" word. Milk and bread flies off of the shelves, too. So, just be prepared for the elbowing and long lines that come along with stocking up on the essentials when snow’s on its way.
3. You think driving is bad the rest of the year? Just wait for the snow.
You’ve got a few kinds of winter drivers in the Burgh. Those drivers who are overly confident will drive with snow on the road as though it’s a sunny summer day. Then, there are the nervous and inexperienced drivers, going extra slow. Everyone else tends to fall somewhere in between. But, it just emphasizes the importance of staying alert during the winter.
4. Setting the alarm extra early is just a part of winter.
Rush hour stinks any time of the year. But, add some snow and ice to the mix, and you’re looking at extra time on the road just to get where you’re going. Save yourself the stress by getting up and leaving early.
5. You don’t have to count on the scrolling school delays on TV screens anymore.
Whew. Remember how annoying it was (and still is, if you watch the news) to watch the scrolling school delays for your school district on TV? If you sneeze or glance away for even a second, you might miss your school and have to wait until it rolls around again. Thankfully, schools now have text and email alerts to make your life easier.
6. Keep that ice scraper handy in your car.
We’re usually forewarned when it comes to nasty impending weather. But, you never know when you’ll walk out of your front door or out of work to find icy and snowy windshields.
7. Save your parking spot with a chair.
That chair we love to sit on to watch the sunset in the summer? That’s our "this is MY parking spot" chair in the winter.
8. If you see a parking spot saved with a chair, keep on driving by.
Don’t even dare moving that chair. It’s saving the parking space of the person who worked really hard to dig out their car.
9. Expect the unexpected.
Weather in Pittsburgh is finicky all year around. But, it can get downright crazy in the winter. You might wake up to mild temperatures, only to drive home during a snowstorm. You’ve got to learn to just go with the flow in the Burgh. That really is key to surviving a Pittsburgh winter.
10. Just have some fun!
Remember how fun snow was when we were kids? Sled riding? Making snowmen? Just watching the snow fall from inside our cozy homes? Recapture some of that childhood magic by having fun during those snowy, wintry days.
What are some other tips you have for fellow yinzers on surviving a Pittsburgh winter?
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