'Pain in the ice': Snow day life hacks for desert dwellers


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    While the snow across Southern Nevada makes for some great social media material, it can also be a real ‘pain in the ice’ if you wake up to a frozen car before your morning commute.

    So, we checked out some websites to find a few life hacks to get you through the next few days of unseasonably cold weather. Here are a few suggestions we found online:

    1. Instead of letting ice or snow accumulate on your car windshield, throw a large towel or rug across the glass. That way you can just yank it away in the morning and you’re good to go.
    2. Slip old socks over your wiper blades. This will prevent ice from forming on the blades and sticking to the glass. Just remove the socks when you’re ready to drive (or, leave them there so your car can make a fashion statement). BE ADVISED: if you come out to your car and find the windshield covered with ice or snow, DO NOT pour hot water across the glass to melt it. The extreme difference in temperature could be enough to crack your windshield.
    3. Hand sanitizer is great for de-icing a frozen door lock. Just squirt it into the key slot and the alcohol in the hand sanitizer will melt the ice!
    4. A plastic shopping is great for wrapping-up your side mirrors and keeping them from getting jammed by ice or snow.
    5. Toothpaste can be used to remove crud from your headlights and make them a little brighter during a slushy, rainy commute. Just smear a thin layer over the headlight and rinse it off with warm water (even if you don’t get the desired results, your car will smell minty fresh).

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    If you’re originally from regions where winter is much harsher, many locals would respectfully ask for your indulgence, since these conditions are rare at lower elevations of the Las Vegas Valley.

    Stephen Bowers, who’s from Toronto, said Canadiens would love winter weather like this. “You’d be out there skiing in your shorts today. That’s the kind of weather we got,” he said.

    “Did you see all the accidents yesterday?” he asked. “It was crazy! People don’t know how to drive in this kind of weather.”

    Clevelander Lori Harrelson recalled her father needing to use a snow blower to dig them out of their home after a Nor’easter.

    That includes an especially bad winter storm more than 40 years ago.

    “I remember the winter of ’77. You literally had to take shovels and tunnel your way out of your house,” she said. “This is nothing compared to Cleveland.”

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