In many snowy locations all over the road, snow tires or snow chains are a necessity for winter travel. In some places, they are even required by law. What's the real difference in performance between chains or tires?
Snow chains are metal chains that are put on tires to increase traction on snow packed roads. Chains limit the fuel efficiency of a vehicle, however. They also work to reduce speeds closer to 30 miles per hour, and are often required for cars that don't have four-wheel drive.
Snow tires contain more natural rubber to prevent them from hardening in the cold. They also have treads that are better designed for from maintaining control on snow-packed roads.
Knowing what the different advisories, watches, and warnings mean will lead to more informed decision making when a winter storm threatens a particular area.
How can you determine if and when the ice is thick enough for safely going out on?
Seeking shelter in the event of a tornado could save your life, but is there really any safe place to hide?
Driving on a 90-degree angle away from the tornado is a good strategy to follow in order to distance yourself from the tornado.
Supercell thunderstorms have been responsible for major tornadoes that have demolished parts of the U.S.
A major cause of post-snow flooding are ice jams in waterways.
How can there be a blizzard if it's not snowing outside? Justin Povick explains.
Any time snow is in the forecast, milk and bread fly off the shelves at grocery stores. Why?
What conditions cause snow to be dense and wet instead of light and powdery?
In order to get an accurate snow measurement, measure the depth of the snow.
Philadelphia, PA (1803)
15" to 20" of snow.
Spokane, WA (1985)
Set a record for the longest duration of snow cover. The old record was set during the winter of 1968-1969. For the first time in 107 days (starting November 28), less than one inch of snow is left.
Central/Eastern U.S. (1993)
In the wake of the "Storm of the Century," record low temperatures were established from Texas to Illinois and Florida to New York state.