I was snowed in for a few hours last Wednesday night and Thursday morning, but risked a ticket driving to the airport on Thursday (we were under a "level 3 snow emergency"--no travel allowed). They put me on a plane to Cincinnati--where everything was completely SNAFU. Eventually got to LAX at 3 in the morning, instead of Orange County (scheduled arrival at 11 the PREVIOUS day). Return trip was uneventful, but there are still lots of people whose bags are sitting in airports around the midwest. Good luck on getting them back anytime soon. To answer Marc's questions (based on living in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Maine for 30 of my 44 years): 1. If your boss requires your presence, you shovel out the driveway and do your best to get there. If you can't, you call in. Most of the time you can get there (even without an SUV). 2. If you have a garage, starting a car isn't really a problem. If you're outside, cars will start pretty easily down to zero. If it's routinely colder than that, you can have an engine-block heater attached to the engine that has an electric plug-in. In northern climates, this is standard with the car. And many apartment complexes, and even hotels, provide electrical outlets in the parking lots--just carry an extension cord. 3. You stay inside as much as possible. Houses tend to be pretty well insulated; you may burn more fuel oil/gas/electricity, and it may feel drafty, but you put on another sweater/sports coat/smoking jacket. If you do have to go out, you have to have cold weather gear. A good parka, gloves, a warm hat, boots, etc. 4. The someone who digs you out is generally yourself. I do live in a private community with a homeowners association that boasts you never have to shovel, because they handle all snowfalls of more than 2 inches. Well they plowed my driveway the other day, but they left a 2-inch layer on the driveway. So later today my job is to go out and clean it off. If I don't, it will turn into compacted ice which will make the slight slope of the driveway impassable. People are always recommending hiring neighborhood kids to shovel snow. After living in several "family" neighborhoods in the past 15 years, I can say without equivocation that kids don't shovel snow. Not for their parents. Not for their neighbors. Not for money. They're too busy playing gameboy. 5. It's possible to be snowed in for several days, but in recent times, the longest I've been unable to move is about a day and a half. Now I'm asking myself why I continue to put up with this. Well, here in Ohio it's generally milder than the other places I've lived, and winter is really only 2 months long (most years). Plus the job is good. I would like to relocate, but I need to put in a couple of years in my new position before I look again.