From the looks of weather maps ect it seems this system/storm will affect most everyone in some way and I gather there are 2 more either with it or right behind it. (I don't have tv, so I can't just sit down and listen to a weather report, only time it is really frustrating not to have it) There are already people being hit. Nichole's husband cousin is a weather dude for one of our major stations. He is a bit freaked by what his equipment is showing him. He warns weather reports are hedging their bets and under predicting because these systems have such a potential for severity they don't want to cause a panic. Ice/snow fall could easily be much more than predictions you're seeing. He can't find a "good" scenario at all right now. I urge anyone in the path to prepare themselves as much as they can asap. Major power outages are expected. The sooner you prepare, the less crowd battling and shortages you have to deal with at the last minute. I had a few things I needed to pick up simply because of working so much I just do not shop very often these days and my storage allows me to do so. I grabbed: Dog/cat food (doesn't matter that I have some, if roads are impassible or there is a major ice storm I don't have to worry about them eating, especially the cats) Dog raw hides to entertain two young energetic dogs who may or may not get to go out and play due to weather. (yes, I stocked up lol ) windshield de-icer kitty litter (both for Bruce and my trunk) rock salt bottled water for my trunk Since the storm won't hit us until thurs night, tomorrow I will be adding my winter emergency bag to the car. It contains just about everything except the kitchen sink. Bag: warm set of clothes (layering & dry in case I get wet or stalled or stuck) extra hats, gloves heavy winter coat (won't wear it into work cuz it will reek like work eww) hand and foot warmers flash lights protein bars, lots of them my heavy winter boots 2 sleeping bags There is a rather wide variety of other things in the bag to handle about every emergency situation under the sun. It is a huge army backpack. I also have an emergency car bag with all the stuff for the car and a first aide kit. When it is cold/wintery out I also dress in layers. I have no choice, major storm or not. You either freeze to death or sweat to death at work depending on which section of the line you're working. Layers is necessary. Trust me, I'll be wearing my thermal undies, a heavy sweatshirt, a hoodie, and my fleece jacket. I may pack a 2nd set of thermals, haven't decided yet. lol No. I don't play around. My job is in a small town out of the town I live in, in the middle of nowhere and I have to navigate a highway with some rather steep hills in both directions. I don't worry so much about on the way to work as on the way home. I get off at 3am folks. There is no one except fellow employees on the road at that time in the morning and very darn few of them. If I get stuck or worse, I'm out there all by myself with the 19 yr old I drive to work. I'd rather not freeze while waiting for someone to come fetch us. In home I don't worry much. I have: an alternative heating source plus my gas stove flash lights, oil lamps, and enough candles to last months two alternative cooking sources plenty of warm blankets ect and stored food/water I, of course, have to work fri and sat when this thing is really really supposed to get nasty for us. I've already warned the girl who rides with me that I will call off if I think conditions are going to be too severe to drive. I can do fine in snow. I will not do ice in the middle of the night if I know it's coming. I have all my points saved just for that purpose. This is overtime.......but even 14.00 per hr is not worth my life or my car. So please prepare. And those in the path keep us informed so we know you're doing ok and well, heck, personal info always seems to be more informative than the darn weather reports with this sort of thing. Stay safe everyone.