It is looking like we are going to have to gear up for freezing rain today. Weather forecasts are predicting freezing rain and one to three inches of snow on top of the slippery ice for the Soap Lake area.
What you can do:
Cover exposed walkways. There is nothing worse than trying to get out of the house to go to work after a nice freezing rain. This year, my main exit and entryway to the house is exposed to the elements. I have to walk across a wood deck and down a couple of steps. If that porch gets covered with freezing rain, there will be no getting out.
I decided that I’m going to cover the area with a tarp overnight. That way, tomorrow morning I can just shake the ice off the tarp and have a dry, non-skid surface to walk on.
Get traction grippers for your shoes. They don’t cost much and here in our area the best bet to find them is in Ephrata, at WalMart. These grippers are inexpensive, and work pretty well, but will ice up, so they are not completely fool proof. They are easy to use and you just slip them over your shoes.
Stock up on ice melt. Sometimes the ice melting products work great, but if it gets too cold, or the snow or ice buildup is too heavy, it won’t work very well. In cases of rain and snow mix, or freezing rain, the ice melting substance tends to wash away, or pool.