Winter is here and so far, it has been a dry year, but I see that chain control has already been in effect at least once. If you are familiar with the Sierra Nevada Mountains, you will know that they can get snow as deep as 10 – 20 feet in the Donner Pass area. It used to be that in the winter highway 80 was often completely blocked to vehicle travel for several months. In the past, I had the chance to speak with people who remember not being able to cross by vehicle until the start of the spring thaw. Imagine how winter will affect preppers.
Today we have a four lane all weather highway, that is well maintained and it still is closed several times a year. Chain control is in effect during almost every storm. I am sure that in other parts of the country that similar situations occur and roads will become impassable without proper maintenance.
In a severe winter, most vehicle traffic across the Sierra Mountain could be shut down for several months. When you plan your bug out routes, do you take the weather into consideration? I always assume that whatever happens will occur at midnight on the coldest most miserable night of the year. Plan for the worst and hope for the best.
How winter will affect preppers of course depends largely on where you live. In the colder northern climates where many of you reside, you have to take the cold in consideration even if you plan on bugging in. However if you plan on traveling you have a lot more to think about. Read the linked article my wife wrote a while back. Basic Car Maintenance and Winter She spend some years living high in the Sierras and is familiar with traveling in the snow.
Do you have snow tires, four wheel vehicles and tire chains? Do you carry the tools to dig yourselves out if you are stuck in snow or mud? When was the last time you put chains on your car? Have you taught your whole family how to do it? So you have a four-wheel drive vehicle and chains and all the goodies to go with them. When was the last time you took it out and drove through the snow on an unmaintained road?
Snow will affect preppers in many different ways. If you live in the south, it may be minimal, but wherever you live, it may affect you. For example if you live in the San Francisco Bay area, you are well below the snow, but it would cut off all travel and most communication routes to the east.
Also, don’t forget to Winterize your home and preps Before You have Problems. Plan ahead, practice and stay warm and dry.