For those living in the sunny bright climes of the southern U.S., winter driving for the holidays may not be a consideration.
On the other hand, Houston Texas had 3-4” of snow on Dec. 3, turning area roads into what one reporter called a “bumper car festival” .
Winter driving used to be a big part of my Christmas holiday, making a trip home to Brookings, South Dakota. Initially I made the trip from St. Paul, MN, and later, Madison, WI, both drives of several hundred miles in length.
Yesterday, Wisconsin was walloped with several inches of wet, heavy snow. In fact, my city received some of the heaviest snow totals, ~19 inches, mostly from the overnight snowfall. Confounding the heavy snowfall situation, I have a steep driveway and a corner lot. While I do not have sidewalks on both sides of my property, the corner of my lot that lacks a sidewalk is also the dumping grounds for the snow cleared from the side street. Therefore, clearing out my driveway and the sidewalk can be time-consuming, even with a more moderate snowfall, because I am equipped with a shovel and a small electric snowblower with a cord that does not quite reach the corner.