We had the worst snowstorm since 1978 here - 43cm of snow accumulated, with wind speeds expected to be up to 50 kph. Temperature started around -5 and steadily dropping to about -20. So... school was cancelled for 1.5 days (did not make a difference to me because the thesis is due next week) and everyone told to keep off the roads. So, based on our practical experience of surviving blizzards, here's some advice.
10. Do not drive from one end of town to another. Pick up groceries from the shop within walking distance, even if they do have inferior bottled water.
9. Do not forget the candles.
8. Do not forget the snow shovel. In fact, if a blizzard comes on Valentine's day, your girlfriend might appreciate a snow shovel more than roses.
7. Doggies are allowed on the bed if the electricity (=heating) goes.
6. Doggies go outside, they poop and pee, then they come right back in. They don't stay outside and run around, they have fur and a normal body temp of 38-39 degrees C. This is their home, not yours.
5. Trying to take pictures into blowing snow results in wet camera, shaky pictures and unhappy fingers.
4. Make sure your shoelaces are tied before wading through the snow.
3. If your shoelaces were not tied, and you get snow in boots, and can't feel your feet any more, come inside. (Ouch... this one is important). Don't wait for Ginga to learn the meaning of the word "Come" while chasing rabbits.
2. Do not forget your gloves.
1. When school is closed, there's a good reason for it, there's no need to go there, even if you do have to pick up your favourite hair brush.
Hopefully with these little suggestions you too may manage to survive arctic blizzards.