Wisconsin January 18, 2018
10 Tried And True Pieces Of Advice Wisconsinites Have For The South When It Snows
Folks down South have been getting hit with cold, ice and snow this year. We here in Wisconsin are rather more used to it than they are, so we thought we’d take a look at all the disturbing images coming out of these latest storms and use our years of knowledge to impart some wisdom in these trying times.
This fun table is making its way around in light of the snow, ice and cold hitting the southern part of the country this week. We up here in Wisconsin totally sympathize and know that this is unlike anything you're used to and your states aren't exactly set up to handle this kind of weather, so we thought we'd offer some advice.
1. It's all about perspective.
Sure, you're used to heading outside in maybe a sweatshirt and it's practically already Spring down by you guys, but someone always has it worse. When we were sitting at a balmy 0 degrees right after Chrimstas, Minnesota and Winnipeg were colder still. But I think we can all agree that no matter what, we hate (read: are jealous of) Florida.
2. Prepare for the coming storm.
Did you guys know windshield wipers bent this way? While we stock up on lock de-icer and spend the winter never letting out gas tank go below the 1/4 line, you guys are trying to find somewhere that still sells gloves and hats.
3. Have fun in the snow, but stay protected.
They say skin exposure to the snow is one of the quickest ways to get frostbite. Make sure you're taking a bunch of precautions and don't get too buried in the snow.
4. Drive in the tire tracks of folks who have gone before you.
It can be hard to see lane lines and the snow can be really slippery and hard to navigate. Follow the tire tracks of people who've already gone down the road and you'll have an easier time.
5. Take care of your four-legged friends.
The snow and cold can be dangerous for your dog, so make sure they aren't stuck outside in frigid temperatures.
6. Don't take those forecasts lightly.
You could find yourself in a dangerous situation or buried almost a foot deep if you aren't careful.
7. Dress for the weather.
When wind chills drop below zero, the advice is to not leave the house with any exposed skin. Bundle up and make sure you don't do anything foolish.
8. These low windchills can be super dangerous.
You're probably not used to the idea of a wind chill factor, but that biting wind can make the difference between "manageable cold" and "don't leave the house. Ever."
9. Get your car ready for winter.
In Wisconsin, we've been closed for more below zero weather days lately than we have for snow. But honestly, it's unlikely anything will close. So stock up your vehicle and prepare to drive. Put extra blankets and a shovel in there, as well as jumper cables, lock de-icer, antifreeze and more. If your car gets stuck somewhere, you don't want to have to be out in the harsh conditions unprepared. I once got my car stuck on the plow leavings at the end of my driveway and dug it out with a large kitchen spoon. Needs must, and all of that.
10. Be prepared to scrape your windows.
Make sure you have all the right tools you’ll need to keep your car ready to run. We don’t recommend scraping with a credit card – Murphy’s Law says that thing will break immediately and then you’re screwed. If you must, find an old video rental card or something you don’t mind replacing.
Looking for some more sarcastic Wisconsin winter fun? Check out
13 Reasons No One In Their Right Mind Visits Wisconsin In The Winter.